URI TD


Only 15 days until the University of Rhode Island’s Talent Development (TD) Program’s application is due (December 15th)! Late applications will not be considered, so be sure to complete and submit your application on or before the deadline.

If you don’t already know, the Talent Development Program is an alternative admissions program at the University of Rhode Island aimed to recruit, admit, and retain disadvantaged students (minority, low income, first generation, disabled, etc.) who, without TD, could not expect to matriculate at URI. Once admitted, you are required to attend and complete the PREP Program in March or April, the URI New Student Orientation in June, and the TD Summer Program in late June and July before matriculating at URI. TD participants receive significant financial aid in addition to academic advising throughout the school year to ensure college success.

TD Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be a Rhode Island resident
  • Must be a disadvantaged student (minority, low income, first generation, disabled, etc.)
  • Must have a minimum of 13 core college preparatory units, including 4 units in English, 3 units in math (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry), 2 units in physical or natural science with at least one lab, 2 units in foreign language, 2 units in history or social science, and 5 additional units are suggested
  • Must take the SAT or ACT and have official score reports sent to URI
  • Must complete the Common Application and URI Supplement online at www.commonapp.org by December 15th, 2011
  • Must enter a TD Fee Waiver Code into the URI Supplement to be designated a TD candidate; TD Fee Waiver Codes are available through the Guidance Office at your school
  • In addition to your general college essay, you must complete the TD Statement: 250-500 words describing your disadvantage or disadvantages (minority, low income, first generation, disabled, low-performing public high school, etc.) and why TD would be good for you (financial aid, PREP Program (in the Spring), TD Summer Program (where you take a writing class and a class of your choice), TD academic advisor, TD community, etc.)
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  • Must provide at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • Must file FAFSA online in early January
For more information about the Talent Development Program:

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