University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island is the flagship university of a small state that thinks big. With a diverse community and small class sizes, students feel welcome in an environment designed for personalized education.
Get to know University of Rhode Island
A GRAND CHALLENGE
As part of the general education requirements, all students take a “Grand Challenge” course that examines a global problem through an interdisciplinary lens. These classes are designed for students to think big and find innovative solutions to the world’s biggest issues. Through the Grand Challenge, Rhode Island students become informed citizens with the ability to understand a subject from multiple perspectives.
The University of Rhode Island extends the option for all students to leave campus for an international learning experience. Faculty-led trips, exchanges, semesters abroad, and international internships are available for students, because no one type of program is perfect for everyone. Studying or working abroad takes Rhode Island’s “think big” mentality and gives students the chance to learn more about the world they’ll be changing after graduation.
At Rhode Island, students are encouraged to explore the subjects they’re curious about and show their findings to their peers and their community. The Office of Undergraduate Research & Innovation offers students the tools to finalize a proposal, find funding, meet mentors, and present their work. The University of Rhode Island helps all undergraduate researchers at every step, ensuring that big ideas can be fully explored.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 5%
White, non-Hispanic: 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 6%
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS
URI’s University College of Academic Success (UCAS) aims to help each student have a successful undergraduate experience.
At Orientation, first-year students can learn how to register for classes, learn about student organizations, connect with peers, and spend a night on campus. All new students are required to take URI 101, a seminar designed to help them transition to college. Students will learn more about UCAS and how to stay on track throughout their entire academic careers.
The Early Alert system ensures that no student is overlooked or left unsupported. With connections to counselors, academic advisers, students, and faculty and staff, students who are struggling can find help when they might otherwise be afraid to ask for it. Rhode Island students have a proactive support network to draw from.
“More than anything, UCAS is dedicated to being a warm and welcoming place for all students. Our mission is to welcome, challenge, support, and care about students.” – Jayne Richmond, Dean
At the University of Rhode Island, students who think big are expected to communicate those thoughts effectively. Through both general and major-specific writing courses, students develop a portfolio to represent their ability to excel in several different styles of writing. However students communicate in their post-college careers, the Rhode Island curriculum will have prepared them for success.
LIVING AND LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Building a network at the University of Rhode Island doesn’t stop in the classroom. In Living and Learning Communities, students of similar majors or interests come together to live and participate in themed events, career exploration, and academic success seminars. Each cohort has a Resident Academic Mentor, a sophomore or upperclassman who lives in the LLC, holds office hours, organizes study sessions, and schedules group activities. Mentors, resident assistants, hall directors, and faculty partners altogether provide a “success network” for every student throughout their time at URI.
Rhode Island students have the chance not only to learn in the classroom, but also to learn in the surrounding community through service-learning. With more than a dozen opportunities to engage in volunteer projects and field experience for specific majors, students at Rhode Island give back while gaining the experience needed to make an impact as post-graduate professionals.
Located just moments from the coast, the University of Rhode Island provides access to all of New England along with abundant places to go biking, rent a kayak, or visit a historic lighthouse or two. Kingston, Rhode Island, has options for history buffs, nature lovers, and those who love long walks on the beach. Plus, students are just a drive or an Amtrak ride away from New York City, Boston, Connecticut, and the best the Northeast has to offer.
15 men’s and women’s Division I NCAA sports compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Football (Division I-AA) competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. There are also 18 club teams and many intramural options.
THE CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE
As students prepare to leave the University of Rhode Island, they also prepare a capstone project, which serves as the culmination of their coursework and experiences in college. Students can complete an internship, a thesis, a design project, and more—whatever the medium, seniors are able to communicate their abilities, interests, and overall mastery of their field.
One example of a URI capstone experience is the ELECOMP Capstone for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students. Through the capstone, students learn more about their subject, themselves, and the professional world as they work together to solve real problems at real businesses.
The University of Rhode Island is committed not only to providing a quality education in the classroom, but also to helping students complement their coursework through experience in the workforce. The Center for Career and Experiential Education helps students find internships, get course credit, and start developing a plan for the future. Students have access to a slew of resources that pair them to the perfect internship experience for their future at Rhode Island and beyond.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 620
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $12,002
Tuition (out-of-state): $28,252