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.