#2 Best Public Universities in Rhode Island

RIC Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Rhode Island College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Rhode Island College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at RIC is 87.5%.  Its admission rate is the 9th lowest in Rhode Island.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into RIC and can you get accepted?

Rhode Island College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,432 out of the 3,921 who applied were admitted.

Rhode Island College typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.08. 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into RIC?

88% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Rhode Island College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.08 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 990 on the SAT


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Rhode Island College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into RIC are to have around a 3.08 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.08 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as RIC accepts 88% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at RIC is 3.08 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #8 in Rhode Island for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since RIC is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.1 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.08 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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RIC SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Rhode Island College. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 15% of students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Rhode Island College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 450
Math 25th Percentile 420
Composite 25th Percentile 870
SAT Scores for Rhode Island College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 570
Math 75th Percentile 540
Composite 75th Percentile 1110
Average SAT Score 990

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Rhode Island College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at RIC is 990 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 870-1110. Students who get into Rhode Island College score in the top 82 percent of all SAT test takers..  RIC ranks #10 in the state of Rhode Island for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 990 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. RIC regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 870 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 870, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 750, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Rhode Island College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 990 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 990, you have around a 88% chance of being admitted. A 1110 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 93% chance of getting in.

Rhode Island College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1110 and Above Good >93%
990 to 1110 Avg + 88%-93%
870 to 990 Avg - 79%-88%
750 to 870 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 750 Low <67%
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RIC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Rhode Island College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile N/A
ACT Scores for Rhode Island College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Rhode Island College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,675 1,244 3,921
Accepted 2,385 1,045 3,432
Acceptance Rate 89% 84% 88%
Enrolled 456 218 674
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 21% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Mar 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Rhode Island College is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rhode Island College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Rhode Island College Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Rhode Island College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Rhode Island College often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217420 IPEDS survey data for Rhode Island College.


Does Rhode Island College prefer SAT or ACT?

15% of students submit their SAT scores to RIC.

What is my chance of getting into Rhode Island College?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to RIC. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Rhode Island College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 870 and 1110. The average SAT score is 990. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.