University of Rhode Island

About University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is the State’s public learner-centered research university. We are a community joined in a common quest for knowledge. The University is committed to enriching the lives of its students through its land, sea, and urban grant traditions. URI is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university. Our undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, research, and outreach serve Rhode Island and beyond. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are united in one common purpose: to learn and lead tog


ether. Embracing Rhode Island ’s heritage of independent thought, we value:

  • Creativity and Scholarship
  • Diversity, Fairness, and Respect
  • Engaged Learning and Civic Involvement
  • Intellectual and Ethical Leadership

College Description
As a land-grant college since its founding in 1892, the University of Rhode Island emphasizes preparation for earning a living and for responsible citizenship, fosters research, and takes its expertise to the community in extension programs. The current undergraduate enrollment is about 10,000 men and women. Approximately 45 percent of the undergraduate students come from outside Rhode Island. Lectures, art programs, music and dance concerts, film programs, and theater presentations are available.

Academic Life
All programs of study aim for a balance of the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and professional subjects. The courses and programs of study have been approved by national accrediting agencies and are accepted for credit by other approved institutions of higher education. All freshmen who enter the University to earn a bachelor's degree are first enrolled in University College; its advising program helps students choose a concentration and appropriate courses. A student must meet the curricular requirements of the college in which the degree is to be earned. As a general rule, 120 credits are required for a Bachelor of Arts degree and 130 for a Bachelor of Science degree, including the specified general education requirements. The University of Rhode Island operates on a two-semester calendar, with semesters beginning in September and January. Two 5-week summer sessions are also available. Advanced placement is granted to students who have passed a College Board Advanced Placement examination with a grade of 3 or better. In addition, credit may be given for satisfactory scores on departmental proficiency examinations or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examinations. The University Honors Program offers bright and m

otivated students opportunities to broaden their intellectual development and to strengthen their preparation in their major field of study. The University Year for Action provides a full-time one- or two-semester internship for students interested in public service careers. The University has exchange agreements with universities in England, France, Germany, Japan, and Spain. Other off-campus study and exchange programs are also available. While class size varies, two-thirds of all undergraduate courses are taught in classes of 25 students or fewer.

Campus Lifeuniversity_of_rhode_island2.jpg
The center of the spacious country campus is a quadrangle of handsome old granite buildings surrounded by other, newer academic buildings, student residence halls, and fraternity and sorority houses. On the plain below Kingston Hill are gymnasiums, athletic fields, t

ennis courts, a freshwater pond, agricultural fields, and greenhouses. There are nineteen residence halls on campus offering a variety of living accommodations, including coeducational housing, one all-freshman residence halls, an honors dorm, and a "wellness dorm." Freshmen are guaranteed dormitory space if they meet the March 1 application deadline and send in their housing deposit by May 1. Three dining centers are operated by the University for the convenience of resident students. There are approximately 1,000 fraternity and sorority members living in nationally affiliated houses privately owned by alumni corporations. Some students commute from home, and about 2,000 students commute from houses or apartments in the beach areas known as "down-the-line." A sailing pavilion and rowing facility are located off campus. The Memorial Union Building houses a wide variety of educational, social, cultural, and recreational services, including lounges, computer lab, browsing rooms, study rooms, darkrooms, a student video center, a radio station, the campus newspaper, a games room, a craft center, a cafeteria, a snack bar, a restaurant, a ballroom, and a special events room.

Facilities and Resources
The University library has more than 1.1 million bound volumes and 1.5 million titles on microfilm. Active research programs are carried on in all seven colleges, and many laboratories are available. The Graduate School of Oceanography, located on the Narragansett Bay Campus, provides undergraduates with a living research lab for science-related courses. The University houses a large collection of American historic textiles, a center for robotics research, a planetarium, the Watson House Museum, a Fine Arts computer center, an animal science farm, an Engineering Technology Center and a new multicultural center.university_of_rhode_island3.jpg

An extensive program of intercollegiate and intramural athletics is offered and is sufficiently varied to provide an opportunity for every student to participate. The Tootell Physical Education Center and the Keaney Gymnasium provide excellent facilities, including three pools, three gymnasiums, three weight-training rooms, five handball courts, and a modern athletic training room. The Mackal Fieldhouse provides gymnasium space for a variety of recreational uses as well as an indoor track. In addition to a football stadium, there are twelve tennis courts, two softball diamonds, a baseball field, a lighted lacrosse/soccer field, a hockey field, and numerous practice fields for recreation and competition. Varsity teams compete in NCAA Division I.

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