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University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI


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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

Address Undergraduate Admission Office, Newman Hall
14 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI  02881
United States
Contact Ms. Joanne Lynch
Assistant Dean of Admissions
Phone: 401-874-7110
Fax: 401-874-5523

Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
Agroecology And Sustainable Agriculture Checkmark
Animal Sciences, General Checkmark
Applied Horticulture/horticultural Business Services, Other Checkmark
Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
Landscape Architecture Checkmark
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
African-american/black Studies Checkmark
Latin American Studies Checkmark
Women's Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Biomedical Sciences, General Checkmark
Biotechnology Checkmark
Cell/cellular And Molecular Biology Checkmark
Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
Microbiology, General Checkmark
Neurobiology And Anatomy Checkmark
Neuropharmacology Checkmark
Neuroscience Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Apparel And Accessories Marketing Operations Checkmark
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Business/commerce, General Checkmark
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies Checkmark
Fashion Merchandising Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management Checkmark
Management Information Systems, General Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Non-profit/public/organizational Management Checkmark
Organizational Leadership Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Journalism Checkmark
Public Relations/image Management Checkmark
Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Sports Communication Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, General Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Early Childhood Education And Teaching Checkmark
Elementary Education And Teaching Checkmark
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching Checkmark
Secondary Education And Teaching Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering Checkmark
Chemical Engineering Checkmark
Civil Engineering, General Checkmark
Computer Engineering, General Checkmark
Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
Engineering, General Checkmark
Industrial Engineering Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
Ocean Engineering Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Professional, Technical, Business, And Scientific Writing Checkmark
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
Apparel And Textiles, General Checkmark
Human Development And Family Studies, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Chinese Language And Literature Checkmark
Classics And Classical Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages And Literatures, General Checkmark
French Language And Literature Checkmark
German Language And Literature Checkmark
Italian Language And Literature Checkmark
Spanish Language And Literature Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist Checkmark
Communication Sciences And Disorders, General Checkmark
Dietetics/dietitian Checkmark
Health/health Care Administration/management Checkmark
Pharmacy Checkmark
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History, General Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
General Studies Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities, Other Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Environmental/natural Resource Economics Checkmark
Fishing And Fisheries Sciences And Management Checkmark
Natural Resources/conservation, General Checkmark
Wildlife, Fish And Wildlands Science And Management Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Exercise Science And Kinesiology Checkmark
Sports, Kinesiology, And Physical Education/fitness, General Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
Philosophy Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Forensic Chemistry Checkmark
Geological And Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other Checkmark
Physics, General Checkmark
Physics, Other Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Human Services, General Checkmark
Public Policy Analysis, General Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology, General Checkmark
Criminology Checkmark
Econometrics And Quantitative Economics Checkmark
Economics, General Checkmark
International Relations And Affairs Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Social Sciences, Other Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Art/art Studies, General Checkmark
Cinematography And Film/video Production Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark
Music, General Checkmark


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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
One recommendation
Other requirements exist (see below)
Required for some programs 2 recommendations
Other requirements: List of senior courses

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 1st Not reported
Out of state Fall freshmen February 1st Not reported
Other early decision plan December 1st Not reported
Transfer July 27th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 590
SAT Math 586
ACT Composite 25

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
Room & board
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Minorities
Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

Avg. Financial Aid Package
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Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
91% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
Out-of-state students


Male (43.56%)
Female (56.44%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
International housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 29%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
First Night, Welcome Week and Winterfest

Student Services

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Women's center Checkmark
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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Entertainment Committee, student radio station, Intramural sport clubs, Student Alumni Association and student newspaper

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Checkmark Checkmark
Basketball No Checkmark Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No No Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Checkmark Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Football No Checkmark Checkmark
Golf No Checkmark Checkmark
Gymnastics No No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Rowing No No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer No Checkmark Checkmark
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Tennis No No No
Track And Field No Checkmark Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball No Checkmark Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Checkmark Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Football No No No
Golf No No No
Gymnastics Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Rowing No Checkmark Checkmark
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer No Checkmark Checkmark
Softball No Checkmark Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No Checkmark Checkmark
Tennis No Checkmark Checkmark
Track And Field No Checkmark Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball No Checkmark Checkmark
Wrestling No No No
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