University of Rhode Island

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School Overview

Kingston, Rhode Island – this small, rural town of under 10,000 people
boasts the beautiful campus of The University of Rhode Island. The
Oliver Watson farmhouse still stands as a historical landmark on the
campus. From its birth in 1888 as an agricultural school, it has gone
through  tremendous growth and change throughout its history to
its present state and now offers Bachelor, Master, Doctoral and First
Professional degrees in over 80 majors, including the arts, sciences,
music, health and engineering. There are 13,000 undergraduate students
representing 68 countries and a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, with 85% of
faculty holding doctoral degrees.

Admissions Information

Applying to the University requires an application fee of $65 by
regular mail or online. Because acceptance to the university is
competitive, only 77% of all applications are admitted to the school. A
minimum of 18 credits from secondary school education is required, but
each prospective student is given individual attention in the
admissions process and is processed as soon as all their credentials
have been received.

College Majors

Over 80 majors are available in the following categories:

  • Agriculture & Related Sciences
  • Architecture and Related Programs
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
  • Arts, Visual and Performing
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, and Marketing
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Education (Elementary, Music, Physical, Secondary)
  • Engineering
  • English Language and Literature
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Foreign Languages and Literature (Classics, Comparative Literature, French, German, Italian, Spanish)
  • Health Professions and Clinical Sciences
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences (including Criminology)

Additional Majors in Pre-Professional Studies:

  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Physician Assistants
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary

Undergraduate Programs

The University of Rhode Island undergraduate programs comprise over 80
majors from which to choose from to further your education. It will
give you the edge you need to contribute to the world’s ever-changing
values, ideas, and solutions.

Graduate Programs

The University of Rhode Island is an exceptional facility to pursue
your advanced degrees in a number of fields of study, providing you
with an exciting, challenging, and rewarding education that will surely
put you on top of your career. The school offers graduate degrees in
the Arts, Sciences, and Philosophy Majors, as well as Professional
Degrees and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs.

Online Degrees and Programs

There are over 100 online programs to choose from at URI. Online
courses provide options for busy people who want to learn yet need the
convenience of fitting classes into their hectic lifestyle. From
introductory courses to advanced studies, there is a class for almost
anyone and courses are taught by URI's highly acclaimed faculty.


The University of Rhode Island has been ranked #1 in New England and
the 13th among private and public schools in the nation. It is a
University which delivers the best education at an affordable price.
URI is proud to prepare students for rewarding careers in the midst of
difficult economic times.


The University of Rhode Island is given accreditation status by the New
England Association of Schools and Colleges. The national accrediting
agencies have also accredited certain programs and courses of study in
the University. Although accreditation doesn’t guarantee the quality of
every course of study being offered or how each graduate fares in their
studies, it does provide assurance in a reasonable way that the University of Rhode Island offers quality education to it’s students.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

The school is divided into the following colleges and graduate fields of study:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Engineering
  • College of the Environment and Life Sciences
  • College of Human Science and Services
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Professional Degrees

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid is determined through the Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA). URI accepts the following loans: the Federal Perkins Loan,
the Health Profession Loan, the Nursing Loan, and the Federal William
D. Ford Direct Loan Program. Grants are also available through the
Federal Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness, and National SMART
Grants, the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, the
University Grant, and the URI Foundation/Alumni Grants and Scholarships
program. State Financial Aid Programs are available, as well as
alternative sources, such as the Veterans Educational Benefits, and
Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. Outside loans and scholarships are
also accepted from clubs, businesses, labor unions, and service

Library System

The Robert L. Carothers Library is the main library located on the
Kingston campus. It houses 1.4 million volumes and has seating for up
to 1,300 students. The facility also houses the recently renovated
state of the art Learning Commons. In addition, there is the URI
Providence Campus Library and the Pell Marine Science Library located
in Narragansett. All libraries are staffed with professional librarians
that can provide research assistance in person, by phone or by
electronic means. In addition, there is the Student Computing Facility
with 100 workstations for students and faculty and machines for their
copying, printing and scanning needs.


The University of Rhode Island provides many opportunities for
participating in sports such as Intramural sports (flag football,
soccer, softball, ice hockey, kickball, dodgeball, and basketball) as
well as programs for fitness and wellness. Club Sports include 15
competitive teams comprising over 500 students that compete against a
number of intercollegiate teams such as Boston University, Brown, Army,
Navy, Yale, UConn, to name a few.

Student Housing

URI provides a number of housing opportunities for about 5,800
students. Undergraduates can choose from three apartment complexes and
21 residence halls. Graduates have their own apartment complex. Shared
laundry facilities are situated in all the residence halls and
apartment complexes. For students who need to live off-campus, the
Off-Campus Database is an online service available for students to find
housing and landlords to register their properties for rent.

General Information

Admission Office

14 Upper College Road

Kingston, RI 02881-1322

(401) 874-7000

Fax: (401) 874-5523

Contact: Cynthia Bonn

Dean of Admission
Main Address

Kingston, RI 02881-2020

(401) 874-1000

Total undergrads: 12,793

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,042

Degree-seeking undergrads: 12,520

Graduate enrollment: 2,535


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $65

Online application fee: $65
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 77%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 80%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Animal Sciences B
Turf Management B
Urban horticulture B

Architecture & Related Programs

Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B
Microbiology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Apparel/Accessories Marketing B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Ocean Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Italian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Health System Administration B
Kinesiology B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Fishing/Fisheries B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B
Water/Wetlands/Marine Management B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Oceanography B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Applied sociology B
Econometrics B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the
accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to
change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions

University of Rhode Island Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (401) 874-1000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: Green Hall, 35 Campus Avenue, Kingston, RI 02881
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 17,465
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 66%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 13,505 (77% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $14,566
Out-of-state Tuition: $31,686
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $11,236

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Rhode Island Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Rhode Island.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 31
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 12
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1353
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 3941
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 131
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1121
Education 2231
Engineering 2866
English Language and Literature/Letters 211
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 23
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 71
Health Professions and Related Programs 2762
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Library Science 1
Mathematics and Statistics 121
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 111
Natural Resources and Conservation 1442
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 1543
Psychology 244
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 121
Social Sciences 1821
Visual and Performing Arts 61
Grand total 18825628

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Rhode Island and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $14,566
Out-of-state $31,686
Books and supplies $1,250

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $15,514
Out-of-state $28,292

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,875 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,604 86% $11,236
Student loan aid 2,493 82% $6,942

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 10,578 73% $10,265
Federal student loans 9,322 64% $6,316

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Rhode Island. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Rhode Island students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 22,113 8,802 13,311
Percent admitted 100% 72% 77%
Percent admitted who enrolled 14% 16% 13%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Rhode Island Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 17,465
Undergraduate enrollment 14,548
Graduate enrollment 2,917

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Rhode Island Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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