From the School

At the University of Rhode Island, students will find some of today's leading innovators, discoverers, and creative problem solvers offering a steady flow of big ideas to address global issues. From new technologies for identifying and treating killer diseases, to the latest solutions for environmental challenges, to forensic sciences that protect against global and cyber terrorism, the University of Rhode Island is prepared to help.

URI is home to a premier center for behavioral psychology, one of the world's foremost marine research institutions, an internationally recognized institute for the development of vaccines and treatments for diseases of the immune system, and Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence for explosives research and cybersecurity education. Its international engineering program is a national model.

As the State's flagship university, committed to enriching the lives of its students through its land, sea, and urban grant traditions, URI is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university. The University's research enterprise attracts nearly $100 million in annual funding for projects that affect the region, nation, and world. URI alumni own or operate more than 1,000 businesses in Rhode Island alone.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 590
SAT Math
510 - 610
ACT Composite
22 - 26


February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

University College for Academic Success is the academic home for all incoming students, offering support for a successful first-year experience. This is the place for certified tutors, peer mentors, academic advisors, service learning opportunities, and more. College advisers also help students choose or change majors, minors, concentrations, and appropriate courses for admittance into the desired degree-granting college.

The Office of Career and Experiential Education offers more than 400 fulland part-time internships for academic credit, including one-semester and one-year programs in and outside the state. The Office also helps students find on-campus and off-campus employment, part time jobs, and internships, assess their career interests, write resumes, prepare for job interviews, find an alumni mentor, apply for graduate school, and more.

The Office of International Education and National Student Exchange offers more than 200 affiliated study-abroad programs in sixty countries. Alternative winter and spring break programs, and the Winter J-Term, take students to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Nepal, Ghana, Mexico, Belize and other locations around the globe for study, community service, and cultural experiences.

In addition to its 40 honor societies, the University offers an Honors Program for academically talented students. Honors students enjoy even smaller classes and in-depth exploration of global topics, apartment-style upper-classman housing, support for national scholarship competitions, and opportunities for research and in-depth study with faculty culminating in a senior honors project.

Students Say

The University of Rhode Island “is a school that challenges me to think big and outside the box,” says one student. URI is known for having “excellent science programs,” including a “marine biology program [that] is one of the best in the Northeast.” Other stand-out majors include “nursing, pharmacy, and engineering.” Praise for teachers and staff garners varied reactions, as this student notes, “You have bad mixed in with good, but I will say that the good professors are top-notch.” As far as transitioning to the workplace, a sophomore says, “URI has impressive programs that help get your career started as soon as possible and also act as a bridge to graduate school.” Another student observes that the staff is also “great at helping freshmen transferring from home to college, and there are lots of different programs offered to help students excel academically.” Overall, URI is known to have a solid liberal ideology with “openness to creative and critical exploration.” This engineering major finds the environment to be rather “forward-thinking [with an] emphasis on today’s global workforce.” URI is described as providing a “great sense of community” with a philosophical message that students should be connected to the world around them.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Christine Amanpour, '83
Anchor, ABC New's "This Week"

Robert Ballard, '75
Famed undersea explorer and professor of Oceanography at URI

Michael Fascitelli, '78
CEO of Vornado Realty Trust LP

Ann Hood, '78
Award winning novelist

Mary Lisi, '72
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court Judge

Clarice Owiti Odhiambo, M.S.'88
Founder of the African Center for Engineering Social Solutions

Nina Saberi, '82
Founder and General Managing Partner, Castile Ventures


From The School

The comprehensive cost for 2013-14 was $39,814 for out-of-state students and $23,726 for Rhode Islanders. This covers tuition, fees, and room and board for the nearly 50 percent of students who live on campus. Excluding room and board, tuition and fees were $14,126 for Rhode Islanders, and $29,692 for out-of-state students. Books, travel, laboratory fees, and personal expenses are not included in these figures.

The University participates in the cooperative plan of the New England Board of Higher Education, whereby students from other New England states are able to enroll in certain degree programs not offered at their own state colleges for reduced tuition.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

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Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

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Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Students can choose from more than 100 student clubs and organizations reflecting recreational and academic pursuits, cultural and ethnic interests, spiritual and political affiliations, lifestyles, community service, professional growth opportunities, and more. And if a student can't find the club they’re looking for, they're encouraged to form it.

About 15 percent of the total University undergraduate population are part of URI's Greek community, which consists 14 fraternities, 10 sororities, and eight organizations that make up the Multi-Cultural Greek Council. The Greek community prides itself on Scholarship, Leadership, Philanthropy, and Friendship.

Outreach is at the core of the University's role as a land-, sea-, and urban-grant institution. Whether doing disaster relief work or environmental clean-up, monitoring water quality, building new homes for Habitat, tutoring and mentoring, or offering medication review and counseling, students and faculty are always sharing their knowledge with people around the state, nation, and world. So strong is URI's commitment and student involvement that the school was listed among The Princeton Review's "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement."

Out on the playing field, students can engage in sports and recreation at any level they want from 18 NCAA Division I intercollegiate programs to 11 intramural sports, to 15 regionallyand nationally-ranked club teams that involve more than 400 student-athletes competing at the intercollegiate club level.

Students Say

URI, as an affordable state school, naturally attracts a large percentage of Rhode Islanders. Rumor has it that this group “sticks to their friends from high school,” yet one undergrad observes, “Rhody-borns are so afraid of college turning into another four years of high school that we go searching for new people to meet.” As far as categorizing a “typical student,” undergrads are reluctant to stereotype. “URI is diverse, and the students cannot be generalized into a certain type.” Campus diversity is strong, and most groups intermingle without issue. One junior sums it up: “Just like any other college, some come to party and some come to learn, but in the end they are all good people.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



54% female
46% male
44% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time


From The School

From the rolling farmlands and surrounding forests to the ocean and coastal watershed, the University of Rhode Island (URI) enjoys natural resources that inspire students and faculty to innovate and discover daily. URI's 1,200-acre, picturesque rural setting in historic Kingston Village is perfectly located just six miles from Rhode Island's coastal beaches. At only 30 miles south of Providence, an hour train ride to Boston, and a few hours from New York City, it's also an ideal location for some of the best cultural and internship offerings.

URI is the largest university in the nation's smallest state. That means it offers the innovative research, discovery, and experiences typically found at larger universities, alongside the warm, friendly, student-centered atmosphere of smaller institutions. In fact, with the low student/faculty ratio (16:1) and smaller student body (13,500 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students), students and faculty often make the kind of personal connections that inspire creative ideas and research collaboration.

Students come from 45 states and 52 nations; 21 percent of students identify themselves as students of color; and the campus community represents diverse cultures, lifestyles, beliefs, religions, political affiliations. To prepare graduates to succeed and lead in the 21st-Century world, URI is committed to ensuring that all members of the campus community feel welcomed and valued and develop the ability to communicate, understand, and engage productively with people different than themselves.

Students Say

The school’s proximity to the beach and to other major cities like Providence and Boston make it appealing to students from all over the Northeast. “I think its beauty is definitely a strength, and the location near the beach is great,” says a communication major. If fine dining is meaningful to your quality of life, it’s worth noting that URI’s dining hall has “won a national award the past two years in a row.” There are complaints about the dry campus. One senior says, “Because we have a dry campus, people usually live in the surrounding neighborhoods, so you can travel to your friends’ houses and party.” Others say that students who live nearby still choose to stay on campus during weekends, since this is where their social life is centered. Life isn’t all about “getting wasted,” chides one sophomore. “Sometimes we get together [to] make dinner and just have a movie night inside our apartment.” Students are said to have a “two brain track” in terms of serious attention to study followed by equal attention to “relaxing and having a good time.” One student says, “Basketball games are really fun to watch,” and “Newport cliff walks are popular during the nice weather.” Greek life is a big part of URI’s campus yet many students don’t feel obliged to pledge; still they enjoy the Greek life’s social offerings, “which accounts for the majority of on-campus activities.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

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First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services for Students

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Pamela A. Rohland, Director

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Full psychoeducational testing including aptitude, achievement and information processing

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Same as above or full diagnostic letter from Psychiatrist or Neurologist

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

5% join a fraternity
7% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Rams)
12 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple, IBM, and HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Newman Hall
14 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881-0807



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ryan Center and Boss Ice Arena
College of Pharmacy & Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences
Memorial Student Union
Multicultural Center
Hope Dining Commons
College of Pharmacy and the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences - are LEED certified and the focal point of a statewide effort to build a new, knowledge-based economy for Rhode Island. Green Hall - historic building houses Registrar, Financial Aid and Bursar, as well as Administrative Offices.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Newport, RI-cliffwalks,historic areas,sh
Providence, RI-dining, shopping, history
Narragansett Beaches-10 min from campus
Block Island-popular vacation spot

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

contact individual academic department

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The T.F. Green Airport in Warwick is 20 miles from campus. The airport is serviced by the major airlines. Bus transportation and rental cars are available for the trip from the airport to campus. For information on bus transportation, contact the RI Public Transportation Authority at 401-781-9400 or Amtrak trains along the northeast corridor stop at the station in Kingston about 2 miles from campus. Local buses (RIPTA) and taxis are available to get to campus from the station. (For train schedules, call Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL,; for bus schedules, call RIPTA at 401-781-9400.) Bus service to Providence is provided by Bonanza Bus Lines (800-556-3815),; service from Providence to campus is provided by RIPTA

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north, take I-95 S. to exit 9, then take Rhode Island Rte. 4 S (a left-lane exit). Follow Rte. 4 S to Rte. 1 S., then stay on Rte. 1 to Rhode Island Rte. 138 W. (Note that this is just past the Holiday Inn; do not take the first 138 exit, which is 138 E.) Take Rte. 138 W. for approximately 4 miles; the university will be on the right. From the south, take I-95 N. to Exit 3A and Rhode Island Rte. 138 E. Proceed for approximately seven miles on Rte. 138; the university will be on the left.

Local Accommodations
About 10 minutes away is the Holiday Inn (3009 Tower Hill Road, South Kingston; 401-789-1051). from mid-May through October. Approximately 10 minutes from campus is the recently constructed Hampton Inn, conveniently located in the Village at South County Commons - a unique mixed-use development in a quaint New England Village setting (20 Hotel Drive So. Kingstown, RI; 401-788-3500). Newport the "City by the Sea" is about 15 miles to the east of the university and offers choices in accommodations ranging from large national hotels and motels to small bed and breakfasts at a variety of seasonal prices. Your best bet for a stay in Newport is to contact to Newport County Visitors Bureau at 800-326-6030 or 800-976-5122 of
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