About University of Rhode Island

Founded in 1892, University of Rhode Island. is a Public college. Located in Rhode Island, which is a city setting in Rhode Island, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 14,812 full time undergraduate students, and 3,010 full time graduate students.

The University of Rhode Island Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 724 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Rhode Island include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate72%
Application Deadline
Application Fee65
SAT Range970-1170
ACT Range22-27

Admissions at URI are considered Selective, with ,109% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

87% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 49% were in the top quarter, and 18% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Rhode Island.

8%
“We”re apathetic”
41%
“We know about current events and vote”
49%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
7%
“We save it for the classroom”
26%
“Sometimes, but not often”
54%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
14%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
35%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
57%
“I feel extremely safe”
14%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
42%
“We bought the gear”
44%
“We live for the big game”
11%
“It”s not really our thing”
26%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
9%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
12%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
26%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
14%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
65%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
18%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
12%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
38%
“We only party on weekends”
47%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
33%
“There might be people who do”
49%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
13%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
8%
“We”re apathetic”
41%
“We know about current events and vote”
49%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
7%
“We save it for the classroom”
26%
“Sometimes, but not often”
54%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
14%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
35%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
57%
“I feel extremely safe”
14%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
42%
“We bought the gear”
44%
“We live for the big game”
11%
“It”s not really our thing”
26%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
9%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
12%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
26%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
14%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
65%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
18%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
12%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
38%
“We only party on weekends”
47%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
33%
“There might be people who do”
49%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
13%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Rhode Island REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    261 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    179 Students rated off-campus housing 3.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    275 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    280 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    279 Students rated class size 3.9 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    279 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    280 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    280 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Rhode Island?

130 Students rated University of Rhode Island

Noelle - 06/09/2022

I think that the University of Rhode Island is a great school that is close to the beach. The professors and staff are very polite and will help you whenever you need them. The campus is walkable and a good size, not too big or too small. The food could use some upgrades, just some more variety. The sports atmosphere is great and football games are always fun in the fall. Looking forward to coming back in the fall!

Cassidy - 06/07/2021

The University of Rhode Island is a fantastic school if you are looking for beach and surf culture mixed with the classic American University setting. The on campus food is amazing, and there are multiple places to eat around campus. The quad is where it is at for hanging out in-between classes. I loved most of my professors.

Isabella - 11/11/2020

As a college freshman who entered URI off campus for their first year, URI is an okay school. As I don't have much experience to a true on-campus lifestyle at URI, all my experience is with virtual classes. The virtual classes are alright as it really depends on what teacher you get and how they conduct the class.

Baizat

The University of Rhode Island is a good school overall. If you get involved in student organizations and make friends, the four years can pass you by. Granted, with any given university or college, it has its faults. For instance, we love our sports but if you have a dream to make it to the NFL, don't expect this university to take you there. We have a good nursing program, one of the best in the state, but our chemistry department is not that great. The food is good, but remember: the more you eat of the same kind of food, the less desirable it becomes. The university is practically built on hills and long, steady inclines, so expect to take one or two hills/inclines in order to make it to class. These are just some of the few characteristics that make URI. Now, one thing I wish I remembered before making my decision was that, every experience is not the general experience. My continuing experience at URI will most likely be different for someone else who attends URI. It's really all up to the applicant to decide whether the university will be her second home for the next four years or if it will be just another university that they can check off their list.

University of Rhode Island FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Rhode Island?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Rhode Island is 72%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I'd tell myself that college is going to be an amazing experience, and a whole new beginning. I'd tell myself to take every opportunity, like sticking with the fencing club that you will join instead of quitting a few weeks later. I would tell myself to not get a boyfriend freshman year and hang out with my other new friends instead of that loser who will break your heart 5 months later. I would tell myself to go abroad sophomore year when I had the chance, beacuse you can't go abroad later since your major (pharmacy) is not internationally universal. I'd tell myself to be brave enough to join a sorority freshman year instead of sophomore year because it's a great networking opportunity, avenue to make new friends and learn about what to expect as you get farther alolng in school. I'd tell my senior self to just be brave, get yourself out there, not be shy, and that you will learn who you are in college, and who you'll be for the rest of your life.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are extremely culturally diverse and each bring a new world of ideas to the table in order to broden the perceptions of each other.

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  4. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    URI is an amazing school, especially for animal sciences and marine biology which is what i am going for. Telling people i attend URI for these majors, i feel pride and i receive an overwhelming great response. I love the location of the campus. I am not much of a city girl so i enjoy being in the woods with easy access to the beach. And if i need my city fix, Providence is just a short drive away. I love living off campus in a beautiful beach house with great ocean views, yet i am only a 5-10 minute drive to campus. I have a great relationship with my professors and truly enjoy all my classes, especially in my core subjects. I spend a lot of my time at the University's farm, where i help out with all of the animals. My best experience was when i got to deliver two lambs, and watch them grow up over the next few months.

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  5. What are the academics like at your school?

    As an animal science major i couldn't be happier. All of my professors know my name and they truly care about me. One of my professors had a bunch of the AVS majors to his house for a Bar-B-Q! I love how hands on my department is. As a freshman i was at the farm once a week for a class learning how to trim sheep hooves and taking care of the pigs. As a sophomore i was already giving vaccinations to the animals, drawing blood, and delivering baby animals! URI's AVS department believes hands on is the best way to learn, and i couldn't agree more. Outside of my department i have taken some pretty unique classes, like a class entirely on Volcanoes. I was also able to take a seminar class on Marine animals at Mystic Aquarium which was amazing. The only thing academically i would change is our Chemistry department. It is not good, but we all find ways to get through it, including getting help from most of our AVS professors.

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  6. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    no help from counselors

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  7. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    NO! We definitely have a good time, but we have a dry campus which has lowered that stereotype and created a much more serious atmosphere.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The marine science courses are very good, the campus is very close to the coast. The campus is also home to some farms for the animal science majors.

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  9. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    URI has been a wonderful experience.

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  10. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The activities at URI are great and there is something for everyone. My favorite thing i have done is Oozeball, which is a URI tradition. It happens every year in the spring, and it is a volleyball tournament played in a foot of mud. There are over a hundred teams that compete to be the biggest Oozer! I am also vice-president of the URI ghost hunting team which is a newer organization that does what the famous ghost hunters do on TV. Basketball and Ice hockey are probably the biggest sporting events, and we are known for having some crazy fans. In the dorms, everyone leaves their doors open and you know most everyone on your floor because of it. On weekends if there isn't a party going on off campus (which there normally is) it is not uncommon to have some of your closest friends sitting around in your dorm room having your own little party. Some of my favorite times have been in a dorm room rather than a big party.

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  11. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known how much money it would cost me for books and other assortment of things. Everything is so expensive when you are on your own. I wis I had a ball-park of how much money I would have to spend, I probably would have saved more over the summer, or got a second job.

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  12. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I don't like that it's kind of in the middle of nowhere. Kingston is a small town. You can't walk to go do things, you have to have a car.

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  13. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing I would consider at my school would be the available internet access, research tools, library resources, food places, activities around campus and people who are able to help you in a certain field.

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  14. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who don't feel comfortable living on a relatively big campus, people who enjoy city life, and people who do not want to walk much to get to classes should probably not attend this school.

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  15. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who wants to go to a medium sized school with lots of different majors, with many opportunities for involvement from intramural sports to sailing and fencing as well as greek life. A student looking for a great experience, whether decided or undecided major, the University of Rhode Island has so many major choices and great advisors, and so many opportunities to study abroad as well.

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  16. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    When I brag about my school to my friends I usually brag about how open the school is. To be more specific, at URI almost all the professors make the courses out so you decide how far you want to go and how much you want to learn. This style of teaching allows for me, as a student to essentially determine what I want my educational experience to be. This option pushes me to do the best that I possibly can and although it is tough at times if you dedicate yourself, you will succeed.

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  17. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The teachers are not always approachable. I find that the teachers and advising members often care more about their own reputation and trying to come off as a reputable person rather than trying to help.

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  18. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    The school prides itself in communitiy awareness. the professors are very knowledgable and friendly.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    At this University, the most common type of student you will see is one engaged in tons of partying and drinking...that is the straight truth. But that doesn't mean the students here are corrupted by any means. As a matter of fact, some of the most intelligent and innovative students and professors are the University of Rhode Island. There is not a lot of ethnic diversity, but being Indian myself, it does not make it uncomfortable. Many times, students are also stereotyped into Greek life, which include fraternities and sororities. Greek life is major component of this University, as many activities and programs are assisted by students participating in Greek life.

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  20. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    There hasn't been a day on U.R.I. that stands out but there are moments. My favorite moments at U.R.I. is longboarding down the campus, going off paths and sidewalks. There is a pretty strong longboard presence and if you board you will find others that are willing to ride. Another moment was participating in student recreation where we were playing outdoor soccer against a frat. I remember this day in particular because we got very competitive and a fight almost broke out. Both of our teams were fined and they had a harsher punishment as they were the antagonist of the incident.

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  21. Describe a typical weekend.

    Parties start either Wednesday or Thursday nights. The big thing at U.R.I. are bars. People love the bars. Other than that the house parties are off campus at Bonnet or Eastward, down the line. These parties get pretty large and you do need to arrange your own transportation unless you live close by. Weekends, unless it's finals week or midterms and everyone is studying, are usually spent in a haze. The party scene is pretty decent, although I must admit, I prefer to go to other Universities to party as I don't like arranging rides the majority of the time.

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Student Body

Students

56%

female

44%

male

14,812

Total Undergrad Enrollment

3,010

Total Grad Students

55%

Out-Of-State

44%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

100

Student Organizations

13

Fraternities

10

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

38%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
10%
% White or Caucasian
71%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

93% of students attending University of Rhode Island receive some sort of financial aid. 24% were awarded federal grants. While 81% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$28,874

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$12,278

Room and Board

42,352

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$13,104
$30 - $48K
$14,689
$48 - $75K
$18,638
$75 - $110K
$22,727
$110K & UP
$25,240

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