University of Rhode Island: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Rhode Island is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 72%. Located in Kingston, Rhode Island, URI often ranks highly for both academic programs and educational value. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, URI was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. High achieving students should consider the URI Honors Program which offers special academic, advising, and housing opportunities. In athletics, the University of Rhode Island Rams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference for most sports, with football competing in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Considering applying to the University of Rhode Island? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, URI had an acceptance rate of 72%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 72 students were admitted, making URI's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 21,259
Percent Admitted 72%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 21%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of Rhode Island requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 92% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 511 668
Math 501 677
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of URI's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to URI scored between 511 and 668, while 25% scored below 511 and 25% scored above 668. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 501 and 677, while 25% scored below 501 and 25% scored above 677. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1350 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at URI.

Requirements

URI does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject tests. Note that URI participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

URI requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 15% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 19 31
Math 18 29
Composite 20 29

This admissions data tells us that most of URI's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to the University of Rhode Island received a composite ACT score between 20 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 20.

Requirements

URI does not require the optional ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, URI superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of University of Rhode Island's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.1 and 3.8. 25% had a GPA above 3.8, and 25% had a GPA below 3.1. These results suggest that most successful applicants to the University of Rhode Island have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Rhode Island Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Rhode Island Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Rhode Island. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Rhode Island, which accepts over two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, URI also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside URI's average range. Note that certain programs have additional application requirements and are generally more selective.

As the graph above illustrates, the majority of students who admitted to URI had high school averages in the "B" range or higher, combined SAT scores of about 1000 or better, and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of Rhode Island Undergraduate Admissions Office.