The Community College of Rhode Island has an open admissions policy that offers Rhode
Island residents an opportunity for education beyond the high school level. Students
who plan to attend CCRI with the intention of transferring to a four-year college
or university should take college preparatory courses in high school to obtain a solid
foundation in the humanities, languages, arts, mathematics and sciences. Students
who have not had the benefit of a college-prep curriculum are offered the opportunity
to develop this knowledge and skill base through a variety of developmental and introductory
A high school diploma or its equivalent is not a general admissions requirement of
the college provided the student is 18 years of age, the compulsory age for high school
attendance in Rhode Island. Students who are younger than 18 years of age must submit
official high school or GED® transcripts indicating a graduation date prior to enrolling
at the college.
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required for admission to the Culinary
Arts Assistant program and the following Health Sciences programs. In addition, individual departments may have specific admissions requirements that
students must meet. Because many of the programs listed below have specific space
limitations for admission, it is to the student’s benefit to complete special admissions
requirements as soon as possible.
- Dental Assisting
- Dental Hygiene
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Emergency/Disaster Management
- Emergency Management/Homeland Security
- Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician
- Health Care Interpreter
- Homeland Security
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Medical Laboratory Technology
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Renal Dialysis Technology
- Radiography (X-ray)
- Respiratory Therapy
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Therapeutic Massage
CCRI has instituted a performance-based application process for selected Health Sciences
programs. Please see this page for more information.
All transcripts submitted for admission must be official and sent to CCRI’s Office
of Enrollment Services directly from the respective institution. Applicants with GED®
credentials should have a transcript of equivalency scores sent to CCRI from the General
Equivalency Center. Equivalencies from correspondence schools are not acceptable.
Home-school transcripts must be official, and documentation from the local school
district approving the homeschooling program should be submitted to the Office of
In the case of secondary education received outside of the United States, transcripts
must be evaluated to determine whether they meet U.S. secondary school completion
requirements. A list of authorized agencies that evaluate foreign transcripts is available on the
Although the College Board SAT® test is not required for admission to CCRI, students
who take the SAT® or ACT® may list CCRI as a report school. Test scores will provide
additional information for course placement.
The Rhode Island Board of Education established the residency rules for students attending
the three state institutions of higher education: the University of Rhode Island,
Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island. The residency policy is available here.
Applications are processed as they are received. Performance-based Health Science
applications are accepted during designated months. Please see this page for more information. Students should apply online as early as possible.
Admissions and Registration
- Continuing Degree Students
- New or Returning Degree Students
- Register for an Admissions information session to learn about academic programs here.
- Complete the Application for Enrollment online.You also can download the application from our website A $20 application fee is required.
- Send all official college transcripts to CCRI, Flanagan Campus, Office of Enrollment
Services, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865.
- Information about applying for financial aid is available here.
- For information on when semesters begin, see this page.
- Upon completion of the online Application for Enrollment, you will receive an electronic acceptance message and a formal acceptance letter
in the mail that will include information about placement testing.
- After completing placement testing, attend a freshman registration session to select your courses and register. Counselors
will be available to assist you.
- Attend New Student Orientation.
- Refer to the Bursar’s Office payment calendar on the website. Send full payment for your courses or participate in our payment plan.
- Print a copy of your schedule which can be accessed via MyCCRI. Please check your CCRI email for updates.
- Attend classes during the semester. Consult an adviser about planning which courses
to take in future semesters. If you are undecided about your program of study or future,
consult an advisor. For more information, contact the Department of Advising and Counseling.
RHODE ISLAND PROMISE
High school graduates of the Class of 2018 who live in Rhode Island can attend CCRI
tuition free through the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship, regardless of family income.
Learn about the specific requirements here.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION
International students applying for admission to the Community College of Rhode Island
must submit the following by March 31 for acceptance to the college for the upcoming
fall semester (no acceptances for spring semester). The International Student Application is available here.
- must pay out-of-state tuition and fees.
- are not eligible for financial aid.
- must attend full time (12 credit hours) each semester.
- do not have on-campus housing available.
Once accepted, students will be issued an acceptance packet with an accompanying I-20
form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant [F-1] Student Status).
NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM
The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Regional Student Program allows
students to attend CCRI at a regional tuition rate which is 150 percent of the current
in-state tuition rate. To be considered for the regional rate, students must be enrolled
in a degree or certificate program.
- Students who live in any New England state outside of Rhode Island qualify for the
150 percent NEBHE tuition rate.
- Out-of-state applicants to the Dental Hygiene program do not qualify for the NEBHE
- Students who return to CCRI after a break in enrollment are held to the NEBHE policy
in place at the time of their return.
For further information, please visit this page.
UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS LIVING IN RHODE ISLAND
In 2011, the Rhode Island Board of Education approved a measure granting in-state
tuition to students who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents of the United
States, provided they attended a Rhode Island high school for three or more years
and continue to live in Rhode Island; graduated from an approved Rhode Island high
school or received a GED® credential; and signed an affidavit confirming that they
are seeking legal status. Students who wish to apply for in-state tuition based upon
these criteria must complete and submit an application and affidavit, which can be found on this page. Students must also collect and submit documentation to show that they meet the requirements
for receiving in-state tuition and fees.
For more information, visit the OES website or call the Office of Enrollment Services at 401-825-2003.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
For more information about special programs for high school students, visit the OES website or call CCRI’s Office of Enrollment Services at 401-825-2003.
Running Start Program
High school seniors who wish to study at CCRI on a full-time basis during the day
may be eligible to earn college credit and credit toward high school graduation simultaneously.
The Running Start Program is for high school students who have demonstrated academic
achievement and the maturity necessary to enroll in college courses during their senior
year of high school. The Running Start application is available here.
High School Enrichment Program
High school juniors and seniors who wish to take CCRI courses on a part-time basis
(up to six credits) are required to complete an application for the High School Enrichment Program which is available in high school guidance departments. Course selection is made
at the discretion of the high school counselor or principal. Registration may be contingent
on course availability and instructor agreement.
High School/Community College of Rhode Island Partnership Program
The High School/Community College of Rhode Island Partnership Program offers high
school students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school. Students
enrolled in selected high school courses that meet CCRI curriculum requirements obtain
college credits upon successful completion of the high school course, high school
graduation and enrollment at CCRI. Interested high school students should contact
their school counselor as soon as possible so they may enroll in appropriate classes
while in high school. To obtain credit, students must submit an official high school
transcript and an Articulated Credit Form.
There are state funds available to support special programs for high school students.
For more information about Prepare RI dual and concurrent enrollment programs, please
visit the Rhode Island Department of Education website.
VETERANS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE
Students who qualify for veterans educational benefits may obtain enrollment and certification information by visiting this page.
According to Rhode Island General Law (30-30.2-3 (2), all combat veterans of the United
States Armed Forces, the National Guard, the Reserves, and the United States Coast
Guard shall have priority course registration at any Rhode Island public institution
of higher education. The next day, priority registration is open to all veterans and
their families who are using VA Education benefits.