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University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI

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About the University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island (URI) is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The school is located in Kingston, which is about 35 minutes from Providence, RI. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked it number 85 of the top public schools in the nation.


URI has ten academic colleges, including continuing education, nursing, pharmacy and a graduate school of oceanography. Through these schools, students may select to major in more than 80 fields of study. For learning enhancement, the school's main library houses 1.4 million volumes of text. The university also offers study abroad opportunities in more than 40 countries, distance learning and 600 internship opportunities, some of which are international in nature. Approximately 66% of classes enroll less than 29 students.


Undergraduate students apply using the Common Application, which is an independent organization that accepts print and online admission applications on behalf of several participating colleges. The link can be accessed through URI's admissions web page. Undergraduate applications are due February 1 for fall enrollment. Admission notifications are made on a rolling basis. URI's graduate school only accepts online admission applications.

In 2011, the school enrolled about 16,000 students, of which 13,000 were undergraduates. The student body hailed from 45 states and 58 nations. The school reported that 40% of students were from outside Rhode Island. Of the 19,653 applications received for fall 2011, the school admitted 86% of applicants.

Tuition and Financial Aid

During the 2012-2013 school year, undergraduate in-state students were charged $10,878 per year and graduate in-state students $11,532 per year in tuition. Out-of-state undergraduate students pay $26,444 in tuition and out-of-state graduate students pay $23,606 in tuition per year.

The school accepts loans and grants and awards scholarships, some of which are merit based. Work study opportunities are available, and graduate students may participate in fellowships and research assistantships. In fall 2011, 78% of students received some sort of financial aid.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; non-credit, credit and graduate certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Suburb**
Student Body About 13,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students (fall 2011)**
Student Housing 23 undergraduate residence and two graduate residence halls are available*
Schools and Programs Ten schools; 80 degree and certificate programs
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study In 2011:
Bachelor's: Speech communication and rhetoric (200)
Master's: Business administration and management, general (74)
Doctoral: Pharmacy (89)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 41% in four years
63% in six years
62% in eight years**
Admissions Rate 86% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 2,781 in 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 80% for full-time and 51% for part-time students***
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 21-26 in 2011
Middle 50% SAT scores: 470-570 (critical reading), 490-590 (math), 480-570 (writing)**
Application Due Date February 1 every year for fall regular entrance*
Decision Notification Date End of March for fall semester*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition $10,878 per year for in-state undergraduates; $11,532 per year for in-state graduate students (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal and Pell grants (26%), state and local grants or scholarships (30%), institutional grants or scholarships (64%), federal loans (63%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 78% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Rhode Island, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Main Address: Office of Admission, University of Rhode Island, Newman Hall, 14 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI 02881
  • Phone: (401) 874-7100
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