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University of Rhode Island

  • Kingston, RI
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 54%46%
    student ratio
  • 13,528
    total students
  • $10,788 | $26,444
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 75%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 566
    sat math
  • 548
    sat reading
  • 553
    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

Small beautiful place. Large global thinking.

The University of Rhode Island (URI) is the largest university in the nation's smallest state. That means it offers the cutting-edge research, discovery, and experiences typically found at larger universities, alongside the warm, friendly, student-centered atmosphere of smaller institutions. In fact, the low student/faculty ratio (16:1), makes student-faculty collaboration on research and creative work quite common.

The Univeristy's 1200-acre, picturesque rural setting in historic Kingston Village is perfectly located just 6 miles from Rhode Island's coastal beaches. And, just 30 miles south of Providence, a quick train ride from Boston, and a few hours from New York City, it's also an ideal location for some of the best cultural, culinary, shopping, and internship offerings in the nation.

Safe and friendly...

The university community proudly represents diverse cultures, lifestyles, beliefs, religions, political affiliations, and philosophies. Students come from 43 U.S. states and territories and 68 nations; 20% identify themselves as students of color. To ensure graduates are able to succeed and lead in the 21st century world, one of URI's strategic priorities is to ensure 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.

...and cutting edge

URI is constantly reinventing its programs and curricula to respond to the world's changing needs. New degrees are created to reflect emerging career fields, and blended disciplines found in the global marketplace are also found in distinctive URI programs that mix languages with textiles and pharmaceuticals, business with the environment, archaeology with oceanography, and more.

The university's pharmaceutical engineering track is one of the first of its kind in the nation and its dual-degree international engineering program is a global model. URI is a premier center for behavioral psychology, one of the world's foremost marine research institutions, and home to Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence for explosives research and cybersecurity education.

Students and faculty members work together to build a better hybrid car battery, turn algae and cooking oil waste into biofuel, and bring wind and wave energy from the sea to the seashore. They are developing new treatments, drug delivery systems, and vaccines for such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer's, malaria, Dengue, and Lyme. They are inventing solutions for offshore energy development, food-borne illnesses, and physical limitations. And they're helping nations recover from natural and man-made disasters.

URI faculty members are often sought after by news media, governments, and organizations worldwide for expertise in such areas as natural disasters, oil spill clean-ups, terrorism, human trafficking, and coastal resource management.

Extraordinary classrooms, internships, and study abroad

The University of Rhode Island recognizes that learning outside the classroom - in labs, fieldwork, and internships - is essential to giving students the strongest possible advantage in the work place.

The Office of Career and Experiential Education places students with more than 400 full- and part-time internships for academic credit, both inside Rhode Island and well beyond it's state and national borders. The Office of International Education and National Student Exchange offers more than 200 affiliated study-abroad programs in 60 countries. Alternative winter and spring break programs take students to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Nepal, Ghana, Mexico, Belize, and other locations around the globe for outreach, study, and cultural experiences.

URI also makes great use of the Ocean State's beautiful natural resources to offer many distinctive marine-based programs. In local waters, students study the potential impact of offshore energy production on migratory duck populations and invasive algae on native marine life. Aquaculture students work in labs that stretch from URI's main campus in Kingston to the Narragansett Bay campus, and into nearby coastal lagoons, and the bay itself.

Several research vessels take students to sea - from Rhode Island to the Black Sea - to study fish and invertebrate populations, ocean floor geology, historic ship wrecks, and more. Beyond our borders, students travel to the Caribbean to record reef fish populations, Malaysia to study the effects of pollutants and invasive predators on native wildlife, or Costa Rica to examine mammal diversity on coffee plantations. And that's to name just a few.

Sports at any level

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 regionally- and nationally-ranked club teams that involve more than 400 student-athletes competing at the intercollegiate club level.

In 2011, the women's intercollegiate rowing team captured the Yankee Cup Regatta for the 4th time in 5 years and closed out the year with a 3rd-place finish in the Atlantic 10 Championship, while the intramural dodgeball team captured the men's regional championship, and women's sailing captured the national dinghy title. A powerhouse in the Atlantic 10, men's soccer has captured 6 conference tourney titles and landed in the NCAA tournament 5 times in the last 13 years, while the club sailing team is the only U.S. university team ever to win the Collegiate Keelboat World Cup and has made 11 World Cup appearances in Marseilles, France.


Location & Contact


Kingston, RI 02881
USA

Ms.Joanne Lynch

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Phone: 401-874-7110
Fax: 401-874-5523
Email: lynch@uri.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Animal Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Plant Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Landscape Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Microbiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Zoology/Animal Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Apparel and Accessories Marketing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ocean Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Apparel and Textiles
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Development and Family Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Chinese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dietetics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences and Humanities Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resource Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resources Management and Policy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forensic Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Policy Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

75% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied20,907
    • Accepted15,844
    • Acceptance Rate75%
    • Enrolled13,528
    • Female Applicants12,359
    • Females Accepted9,553
    • Female Acceptance Rate77%
    • Male Applicants8,548
    • Males Accepted6,291
    • Male Acceptance Rate73%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      List of senior courses (admission is contingent upon successful completion of all your current coursework); Official SAT* or ACT Scores ( MUST be sent electronically by the testing service: the URI ID code is 3919 for SAT and 3818 for ACT); pharmacy applicants are required to provide two letters of
    • Required for Some Letter(s) of recommendation
      List of senior courses (admission is contingent upon successful completion of all your current coursework); Official SAT* or ACT Scores ( MUST be sent electronically by the testing service: the URI ID code is 3919 for SAT and 3818 for ACT); pharmacy applicants are required to provide two letters of
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.30
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st March 31st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen February 1st March 31st --
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 548 490 590
    • SAT Math 566 510 620
    • SAT Writing 553 490 590
    • ACT Composite 25 21 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$10,788
    • Out-of-state tuition *$26,444
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,628.00
    • Room and board *$7,256.00
    • Room only *$4,240.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionMinority Students, Employees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students13,528
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.58%
    • Black or African American4.87%
    • White or Caucasian68.36%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.24%
    • Asian2.96%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.04%
    • Two or more races2.26%
    • Unknown11.09%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.59% representing 52 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students41% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled, Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 44%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Not Reported
    • Local sororities Not Reported
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Entertainment Committee, student radio station, Intramural sport clubs, Student Alumni Association, student newspaper
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division X Yes
    • Basketball No Division X Yes
    • Cheerleading No No Yes
    • Crew No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Football No Division X Yes
    • Golf No Division X Yes
    • Gymnastics No No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer No Division X Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball No No No
    • Cheerleading No No Yes
    • Crew No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer No Division X Yes
    • Softball No Division X Yes
    • Swimming No Division X Yes
    • Tennis No Division X Yes
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball No Division X Yes
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,189
    • Full-time Percentage57%
    • Part-time Percentage43%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported


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