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Rhode Island Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Rhode Island, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 74%, admission to Rhode Island is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 24.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at RH admission statistics.


Rhode Island Admissions Statistics

Rhode Island’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 74%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 20,366 applicants, Rhode Island admitted about 14,980. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.46, the average ACT score was 24, and the average SAT score was 1180.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 22, and the 75th percentile score was 26.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1090. The 75th percentile score was 1270.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Rhode Island is very competitive. Even if Rhode Island is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Rhode Island’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Rhode Island Application Requirements

To apply to Rhode Island, you’ll need to fill out the Common Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $65 application fee, submit your high school transcript, submit list of current senior courses, submit an essay, and submit a letter of recommendation (preferably from a high school counselor). Everything should be submitted by December 1 for Early Action, and February 1st for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $65 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit list of current senior courses
  • Submit an essay
  • Submit a letter of recommendation (preferably from a high school counselor)

The application deadline is December 1st for Early Action and February 1st for Regular Decision. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.

Have you been admitted to Rhode Island? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Rhode Island Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Rhode Island, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 44% are male and 56% are female
  • 1.6% of students are international

Rhode Island has a diverse class. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 1.6%
  • Underrepresented minority: 7.1%
  • Two or more races: 2.3%
  • White: 72%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Rhode Island offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Psychology
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Exercise Science

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Rhode Island Tuition Figures

At $44,395, Rhode Island’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $10,125.

Here’s a fuller look at Rhode Island tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $44,395
  • Average financial aid package: $10,125
  • The average student debt of a Rhode Island graduate is $32,750

Now, what is life like at Rhode Island? Let’s take a look.


Rhode Island Location

The university’s main campus is located in in the village of Kingston, located in southern Rhode Island.

Much of the campus’ central section was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, due to its age and importance.

Remember, you’re going to Rhode Island for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Rhode Island Academics

Rhode Island has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dietetics
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Geological and Earth Sciences
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
  • Psychology

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Rhode Island.


Student Life at Rhode Island

Rhode Island has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Rhode Island’s student activities:

  • 193 Student Coffeehouse
  • Alpine Racing Team
  • Aquarium Club
  • Art Club
  • Ballroom Dancing Club
  • Big Thinkers
  • Chess Club
  • D.R.I.V.E.
  • Electronic Music Association
  • Fashion Blogging Club
  • Gaming Club
  • Honduras Supporters
  • Humans vs Zombies Organization
  • Korean Students Association
  • LBTQ Women’s Group
  • Musically Inclined
  • Nutrition Club

Are you an athlete? Rhode Island’s got plenty of options for you.


Rhode Island Athletics

Rhode Island offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Rhode Island’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field

Who might you become with a Rhode Island degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Rhode Island has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • NBA player Lamar Odom
  • CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour
  • Magician Mat Franco
  • CNN reporter John King
  • P90X developer Tony Horton
  • Oceanographer Robert Ballard

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Rhode Island is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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