University of Rhode Island

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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 organizations.

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
[email protected]
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

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