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University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island Rating: 4.3/5 (16 votes)

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Academics

Founded in 1892, the University of Rhode Island has a main campus in Kingston, and also has the Feinstein Providence, Narragansett Bay, and W. Alton Jones campuses. It is the largest university and the principal public research institution in the smallest state in the country. The university offers more than 100 bachelor’s and 80 graduate degree programs, as well as first professional and doctorate programs. Class sizes are relatively small for a university of this size; the student-faculty ratio is 15:1 and nearly 35% of the university’s classes have fewer than 20 students. Students can also take some classes online.

The university is divided into nine schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Continuing Education, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering, the College of Environment and Life Sciences, the College of Human Science and Services, the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Oceanography. The most popular areas of study at this university include Human Development & Family Studies; Nursing/registered nurse training (R.N., A.S.N., B.S.N., M.S.N.); Communication Studies / Speech Communication & Rhetoric; Kinesiology and exercise science; and Psychology. Management and marketing are also very popular majors.

Special degree options include dual-degree programs such as the Master of Community Planning & Jurist Doctrine, the Engineering Master of Science & Diploma, the Master of Science in Labor Relations and Human Resources & Jurist Doctrine.The university provides a wide range of resources to help student succeed. There are learning support services and services for students with disabilities.

The University of Rhode Island has been ranked 1st in New England and 15th in the country for return on investment in the Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney magazine.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

In order to be considered for admissions, first year applicants must submit a completed Common Application (online is preferred), the University of Rhode Island Supplement, the nonrefundable application fee, an official transcript sent directly to the university by the high school, a list of current senior year courses, official SAT or ACT score reports, an essay, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Transfer students, international students, graduate students, home schooled students, and applicants to the Pharmacy program may have additional requirements and should check the university’s website for details. The Early Action deadline is in early December while the Regular Decision deadline is in early February.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. Tuition for students who are not residents of Rhode Island is significantly higher. However, students who are residents of New England states (other than Rhode Island), may be eligible for a discounted tuition rate through the New England Board of Higher Education. This regional discount is only available for a select group of majors. The university also offers merit scholarships for freshmen and transfer scholarships. Other forms of aid include government grants, loans, and work-study. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The university also offers tuition payment plans for students who prefer to pay their tuition charges in monthly installments.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3863rd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The University of Rhode Island offers its students a variety of on campus housing options. There are 22 undergraduate residence halls, 2 graduate and undergraduate apartment complexes, and the Rainbow Diversity House. Housing opportunities for freshmen include Living and Learning Communities, where students of similar academic interests and classes live together and learn together.

While many of the students choose to live off-campus, there are plenty accessible facilities and activities on campus that bring students together. Students can go to the Memorial Union, study in one of the libraries, eat at the Emporium, or get some exercise at the Boss Ice Arena, the Keaney Gym, or the Ryan Center. Many students like to hang out at the Student Union, the “Reserves” section of the library, or the quad. The union has a bookstore, a bank, dining facilities, a flower shop, a barber / hairdresser, pool tables and an arcade. The university often has special events such as workshops, plays, concerts, art exhibits, movie nights, and “mini malls” where local vendors sell their wares on campus. Students also have many diverse dining options both on-campus and off. The university also has a multicultural center, where students exchange cultural information and learn about diversity.

There are many activities, clubs and organizations in which students can participate. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Involvement Office, which is located in the Memorial Union, to learn more about the activities that are available. The Greek system at this university has won awards; there are 12 fraternities, 10 sororities, and one colony. There are 14 fraternity and sorority houses on campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The University of Rhode Island has 18 intercollegiate sports teams that compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference, and the Colonial Athletic Association in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Athletic facilities at this school include the Mackal Field House, Ryan Center, Meade Stadium, Keaney Gymnasium, Bill Beck Field, Tootell Aquatic Center, URI Soccer Complex, Bradford R. Boss Arena, and URI Softball Complex.The school’s colors are light or “Keaney” blue, white and navy blue. The school’s mascot is Rhody the Ram.

Local Community

The local community that surrounds the University of Rhode Island plays a large part in the life of the university’s students. Rhode Island is small and most of the towns around the university are very small. This does make the area easier to navigate through, and it offers a cozier environment. The majority of the students live off-campus in the towns closest to the university, so URI students have taken over and put their mark on the community. There are many businesses in area that cater to college students. In the town, there are lots of stores, restaurants, bars, and entertainment facilities. Since Narragansett is a small beach community, it has a different vibe than most college towns or big cities. The Kingston Campus is located in the historic village of Kingston, and is close to the ocean. The Feinstein Providence Campus is centrally located in downtown Providence, so that area is a bit busier. Some of the most popular local restaurants include Applebee’s in Kingston, in addition to Arturo Joe’s and Aunt Carrie’s Restaurant, which are both in Narragansett. Some local restaurants even accept Ram account payments, where students deposit money so that they can use their student ID cards like credit cards.

Alumni

  • Lamar Odom, NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Jim O’Connor, TV host, Food Network
  • Thomas Ryan, CEO of CVS Corporation
  • John Geddes, Managing Editor of the New York Times
  • Masta Ace, Rapper
  • Robert Ballard PhD, Oceanographer and discoverer of the RMS Titanic

Additional School Information

The University of Rhode Island’s beautiful campuses have been scouted as locations for films. Scenes from Outside Providence, Hard Luck, Underdog, and Hachiko: A Dog’s Story were all shot at the university.

Bibliography

  • Pritz, Jessica. University of Rhode Island: Off the Record. Pittsburgh: College Prowler, 2007.
  • “University of Rhode Island.” Education. U.S. News & World Report, 2011. Web. 9 May 2011.
  • University of Rhode Island. University of Rhode Island. 2011. Web. 9 May 2011

Information Summary

Ranks 5th in Rhode Island and 519th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Rhode Island and 296th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 19 0.12
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 49 0.30
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 28 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Kingston, RI 02881
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population7,030 (6,678 urban / 352 rural)
Households1,129 (2.75 people per house)
Median Household Income$60,469
Families803 (3.13 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4402

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 526th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,878 $10,878 $26,444
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,572 $1,572 $1,572
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $453 $453 $1,102
FT Graduate Tuition $11,532 $11,532 $23,606
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,388 $1,388 $1,388
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $641 $641 $1,311
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $26,882 $26,882 $42,448
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,692 $26,692 $42,258
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $21,250 $21,250 $36,816

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $10,878 $26,444
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,572 $1,572

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,366 $12,450 $11,384 $12,450 $27,454 $28,016
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,068 $11,432
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,677 $1,646
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,586(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,378 $3,456
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,360 $7,600

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$65
Graduate Application Fee$65
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 19,824 (7,840 male / 11,984 female)
Admitted 15,603 (6,199 male / 9,404 female)
Admission rate 79%
First-time Enrollment 2,993 (1,320 male / 1,673 female)
FT Enrollment 2,972 (1,309 male / 1,663 female)
PT Enrollment 21 (11 male / 10 female)
Total Enrollment16,387

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Basketball Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Atlantic 10 Conference

ACT Test Admission

555th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 17%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26

SAT Test Admission

570th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 580
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1170

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity6,119
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$7,406
Board Fee$4,180

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 41 130 169 78 9 2,650 368 3,462
Accounting 2 2 7 7 110 5 135
African-American/Black Studies 5 1 1 7
Animal Sciences, General 1 1 46 5 54
Anthropology 1 19 2 22
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations 7 7
Apparel and Textiles, General 4 8 2 70 13 97
Applied Economics 1 1 1 3 6
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other 10 2 12
Aquatic Biology/Limnology 1 1 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 6 2 8
Biochemistry
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 3 1 14 2 21
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 27 1 32
Business Administration and Management, General 7 4 6 5 145 21 188
Business/Commerce, General 1 2 3
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 1 1
Chemical Engineering 1 3 1 26 6 37
Chemistry, General 3 14 2 19
Chemistry, Other
Chinese Language and Literature 2 1 3 1 7
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 4 1 25 3 33
Civil Engineering, General 3 2 3 2 43 2 55
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 4 5
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 2 2 1 21 8 36
Clinical Psychology
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 2 37 3 44
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering, General 1 8 1 10
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 27 6 36
Conservation Biology 1 3 4
Criminology
Dietetics/Dietitian 1 1 27 5 34
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 10 1 12
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 4 12 17
Economics, General 3 1 25 2 31
Education, General 3 2 4 3 21 6 40
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 3 1 1 3 27 3 39
Elementary Education and Teaching 53 6 59
Engineering, Other 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 5 6 1 60 7 81
Environmental Science 9 2 11
Environmental Studies 1 16 17
Experimental Psychology 1 1 5 1 8
Finance, General 1 1 3 50 7 64
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 18 8 29
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 6 3 9
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 7 2 9
Forensic Chemistry 1 6 1 8
French Language and Literature 1 14 1 16
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 9 9
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1
German Language and Literature 11 3 14
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 6 1 7
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1 1 4
History, General 1 2 40 3 46
Human Development and Family Studies, General 2 22 22 3 1 107 22 179
Industrial Engineering 1 1 4 6
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 2 13 2 18
Italian Language and Literature 8 1 9
Journalism 3 21 2 26
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 8 1 1 143 15 171
Labor and Industrial Relations 2 6 1 9
Landscape Architecture 1 1 12 2 16
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 4 6
Library and Information Science 2 43 11 58
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 3 2 1 26 2 34
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 38 4 42
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 1 41 6 50
Mathematics, General 2 1 19 6 28
Mechanical Engineering 1 1 1 57 4 64
Microbiology, General 1 3 2 1 19 1 28
Molecular Biology 1 4 1 6
Music Performance, General 1 1
Music Teacher Education
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music, General 32 5 37
Natural Resource Economics 1 1 11 3 16
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 1 4 6
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 3 4
Nursing Science 2 1 24 11 38
Ocean Engineering 1 1 40 5 47
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 16 3 20
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 1 5 6
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Philosophy 4 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General 3 1 4
Physics, Other
Plant Sciences, General
Political Science and Government, General 2 4 5 1 1 65 6 85
Psychology, General 20 16 3 133 11 184
Public Administration 1 1 1 16 3 22
Public Policy Analysis, General 7 4 11
Public Relations/Image Management 24 1 25
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 5 1 2 142 20 172
Rhetoric and Composition 12 2 14
School Psychology 1 5 6
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 1 43 4 50
Social Sciences, Other 1 1 26 2 30
Sociology 1 3 9 1 14
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 6 19 1 28
Special Education and Teaching, General 7 7
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 13 12 4 172 23 224
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 18 2 21
Statistics, General
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management 1 38 4 43
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1 30 7 38
Women's Studies 1 1 1 4 7
Zoology/Animal Biology 4 7 8 67 12 98

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 514th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $85,559 ($93,389 male / $72,953 female)
Number of FT Faculty 690 (373 male / 317 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,196
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $22,836,284

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