SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission to Rhode Island Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for Rhode Island Colleges

Brown University
Brown University.

Rhode Island may be a small state, but it has some excellent options for higher education. To see if your SAT scores are in line for admission to your favorite Rhode Island colleges, the table below can help guide you. You'll see that about half of the colleges in Rhode Island have test-optional admissions so they don't report their SAT or ACT scores to the Department of Education. Salve Regina University does require scores for some programs, so be sure to check out your program's specific admissions requirements when applying.

Rhode Island Colleges SAT Scores (mid 50%)

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Reading
25%
Reading
75%
Math 25% Math 75% Writing
25%
Writing
75%
Brown University 680 780 690 790
Bryant University test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions
Johnson & Wales University test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions
New England Tech open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions
Providence College 510 610 520 630
Rhode Island College 400 510 390 510
Rhode Island School of Design 540 670 540 670
Roger Williams University test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions
Salve Regina University test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions
University of Rhode Island 480 580 490 590

Like all New England states, Rhode Island colleges get far more applicants submitting SAT scores than ACT scores. At the University of Rhode Island, for example, 91% of applicants submitted SAT scores and just 21% submitted ACT scores. Nevertheless, every college that accepts the SAT will also accept ACT scores, and the schools have no preference as to which exam you take. Below is the ACT data for Rhode Island colleges.

Rhode Island Colleges ACT Scores (mid 50%)

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Composite
25%
Composite
75%
English
25%
English
75%
Math 25% Math 75%
Brown University 31 34 32 35 29 35
Bryant University test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions
Johnson & Wales University test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions
New England Tech open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions open admissions
Providence College 23 28 23 29 23 28
Rhode Island College 16 20 15 21 16 21
Rhode Island School of Design 24 30 24 32 23 30
Roger Williams University test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions
Salve Regina University test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions
University of Rhode Island 22 27 21 26 21 26

You'll see that admissions standards vary greatly from Brown University with painfully selective admissions to schools with much lower admissions standards. The scores in the table are for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, your standardized test scores are on target for admission to one of these Rhode Island colleges. If your scores are slightly below the range presented in the table, don't lose all hope—remember that 25% of enrolled students have SAT scores below those listed.

Also remember that SAT scores are just one part of the application. At many of these Rhode Island colleges, the admissions officers will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation. When a school has holistic admissions, strengths in other areas can make up for less-than-ideal standardized test scores. Success in AP, IB and dual enrollment courses can be a particularly useful predictor of your ability to succeed in college.

If you want to expand your college search beyond Rhode Island, be sure to check out the SAT and ACT data for Connecticut and Massachusetts. Or you can explore my picks for the top colleges in New England. The New England states have a higher density of colleges than almost anywhere else in the nation, so you should have no difficulty finding a school that matches your personality, qualifications, and academic interests.

Most data from the National Center for Educational Statistics