2019-2020 Catalog

Transfer Applicants

Admission Requirements

Rhode Island College accepts transfer applications. To be considered for transfer admission, a minimum of 24 credit hours in a diversified program of study is required. Transfer applicants for January admission must have completed 24 credit hours by September 1, prior to the January semester. Applicants for September admission must have completed 24 credit hours by June 1, prior to the September semester. Students must also meet grade point average requirements as follows: a minimum GPA of 2.00 with 24 or more earned college credits.

Application Procedures

Rhode Island College is a member of The Common Application group. To be considered for admission, transfer applicants must submit the following materials to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by June 1 for fall semester enrollment or by November 15 for spring semester enrollment:

  1. A completed application accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Students may apply online at www.commonapp.org.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, whether or not you expect or desire credit for such work. Final spring semester transcripts are due by July 1. Students who complete summer courses before matriculation at Rhode Island College must arrange to send official transcripts to the admissions office. Credit from other colleges or universities will not be evaluated or posted until official transcripts are received.
  3. Official high school transcripts and scores on the SAT or the ACT (including ACT with Writing Test) of students who will have earned fewer than 24 college credits before entering degree candidacy at Rhode Island College.

Transfer applicants with fewer than 24 college credits will be evaluated according to the standards used for freshman applicants. Those with more than 24 college credits will be evaluated primarily on their collegiate academic performance.

Students who reside in the United States but have secondary school (or equivalent) credentials from another country are not required to take the SAT. However, such students, if they have lived in the United States for less than five years, must have a minimum score of 79 on the Web-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 213 on the computer-based version or 550 on the paper-based version. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum required score is 6.5.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is usually granted for courses completed at a regionally accredited college in which the student has achieved a minimum grade of C; however, Rhode Island College reserves the right of final judgment on any such decision. At the discretion of the admissions office, college credit more than 10 years old may be accepted for transfer. The chair of the student’s major department will determine how the credit is to be applied in the student’s program of study. Students may be awarded a maximum of 75 transfer credits.

Students may request program credit for art courses taken at another institution by submitting a portfolio of work representing the courses for which credit is desired. The portfolio will be reviewed by a committee of studio art faculty to determine course credit transfer.

A minimum of 45 credit hours must be earned at Rhode Island College to fulfill degree requirements. Transfer students must also satisfy the College Mathematics Competency and all General Education requirements.