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Academics

Located in the village of Kingston in the southern part of the state, The University of Rhode Island is a public research institution known for having “excellent science programs,” including a “marine biology program [that] is one of the best in the Northeast.” URI is a school that challenges me to think big and outside the box,” says one student. Other stand-out majors include “nursing, pharmacy,” which students feel is “excellent— one of the top in the country,” and engineering.” Students feel that “all professors have a unique style of teaching. Most are very willing to adapt their style to fit students’ needs though” and many “are able to share stories from their experiences that make the material more accessible and interesting.” 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.”

Student Body

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.” The typical URI student “is involved in at least one student organization, but many are involved in more than one. They usually go out about once a week on average and study about an hour a day.” There are “many students...involved in at least one type of extracurricular activity,” “then there are students who are not involved at all.” Campus diversity is strong, and most groups intermingle without issue.

Campus Life

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. One student reports that “driving to one of the nearby beaches to just clear your mind and relax is one of the many benefits of URI’s location.” 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.” 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.” And, while there are complaints about the dry campus, one senior notes that this is a surmountable obstacle, in that “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.”

Overview

Applicants
21,259
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
511 - 668
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
501 - 677
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,155
with Terminal Degree
683

632
Women
523
Men
194
Minority
49
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Business and Management.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Landscape Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
  • Microbiology, General.
  • Neuropharmacology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
  • Sports Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Ocean Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Apparel and Textiles, General.
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HEALTH-RELATED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS.

  • Health-Related Knowledge and Skills, Other.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management.
  • Natural Resource Economics.
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Forensic Chemistry.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,885

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,736

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,287

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,883

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,136

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$12,590
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$29,710
Required Fees
$1,976
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,250

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,000
Transportation for Commuters
$6,778

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,510
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,542
Foreign Countries Represented
41

Demographics

3.34%
Asian
5.09%
African-American
10.61%
Hispanic
73.02%
Caucasian
3.42%
Unknown
1.27%
International

56% female
44% male
49% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
43%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services for Students

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Paige Ramsdell

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

A recent (within 3 years) neuropsychological assessment including cognitive and academic achievement scores. Adult measures are preferred.

Documentation Required for ADHD

A recent (within 3 years) neuropsychological assessment including cognitive and academic achievement scores. Adult measures are preferred. An assessment from a treatment professional detailing the functional limitations of the diagnosis can also be submitted.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
40

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
12

17% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Rams)
11 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

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

Sustainability

In 2007, The University of Rhode Island signed the ACUPCC and established a Council on Sustainability to provide guidance on the greening of URI. Step one: Calculate the university’s carbon footprint—check. Step two: Investigate energy-saving possibilities— check. Step three: Achieve carbon neutrality—on target. URI has undertaken a systematic plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and become a carbon neutral institution in the near future. Energy faculty and graduate students have completed energy audits of buildings on campus, and 95 percent of URI’s buildings have undergone energy-related retrofits or renovations in the past three years including plans to install solar shingles on the Continuing Education Center on campus. In September 2012, URI opened Hillside Hall, a residence hall for first- and second-year students. This energy efficient building features naturally ventilated rooms, rooftop solar collectors to heat water, a vegetated roof, building materials with high recycled content, indoor bicycle storage, and real-time energy monitoring. Further plans are being made to turn the north district of campus into a “sustainable neighborhood” featuring the latest in sustainable materials and technologies. Those who drive are able to park their cars in an eco-friendly parking lot that helps filter pollutants before they enter the groundwater. With ongoing research opportunities available in sustainability through the College of Environmental Life and the university’s minor in sustainability, URI is taking strides to ensure that students both live and learn about sustainability. Outside of the classroom, numerous green student groups are working to educate their peers about sustainability issues on campus.

67/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
30%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, IBM, and HP

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Erin West Earle
Director, Campus Visit Experience

Address
Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center
45 Upper College Rd
Kingston, RI 02881-0807

Phone
4018747000

Email
admission@uri.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ryan Center and Boss Ice Arena
Fascitelli Wellness & Fitness Center
Memorial Student Union
Multicultural Student Services 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,shops
Providence, RI-dining, shopping, history
Narragansett Beaches, RI-10 min from campus
Block Island, RI-popular vacation spot
Mystic, CT- Aquarium, history, dining and shopping,

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday (Saturdays-academic year)
7:30 am to 5:00 pm (Saturdays-9:00 am-2:00 pm)
4018747000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
gorhody.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact individual academic department

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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 www.ripta.edu. 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, www.amtrack.com; for bus schedules, call RIPTA at 401-781-9400.) Bus service to Providence is provided by Bonanza Bus Lines (800-556-3815), www.bonanzabus.com; 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 www.gonewport.com


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