University of Rhode Island

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Kingston, RI 02881-0806

Phone: (401) 874-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Rhode Island is a public institution that was founded in 1892. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,398, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,245 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Rhode Island's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 152. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,450 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,016 (2013-14).

The main campus of the University of Rhode Island is located in the village of Kingston, with three smaller campuses in various parts of the state. The university began as an agricultural school, and a renovated farmhouse has stood on the Kingston campus for more than a century. Now, URI offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and many master's programs as well, including those in the School of Education, the College of Business Administration and College of Engineering.

Outside the classroom, students can get involved in more than 100 campus organizations or pledge one of the roughly 20 fraternities and sororities. URI students can also leave campus and make a short trip to the beach or to the state capital of Providence. Student athletes can play at the recreational, club or varsity level. Most of the nearly 20 URI Rams sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference, cheered on by their mascot Rhody. Notable URI alumni include oceanographer Robert Ballard, who discovered the sunken Titanic, and journalist Christiane Amanpour.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

We are the largest university in the nation's smallest state, but with over 13,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students, URI is small enough to be friendly, intimate, safe, and student-centered. Our students come from most states in the U.S. and dozens of countries all over the world. More than 100 undergraduate and 80 graduate degree programs, plus more than 100 student clubs and activities spark creativity and inspire our students' pioneering spirit. Perfectly located six miles from Rhodes Island's coastal beaches and easy driving distances from Providence, Boston, and New York, our picturesque rural setting is close enough to big-city culture to make anyone feel at home.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1892
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $118,981,208


When applying to University of Rhode Island, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at University of Rhode Island is $65. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.9%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Rhode Island is 16:1, and the school has 34.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Rhode Island include: Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Psychology, General; Human Development and Family Studies, General; and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 42%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 9%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7%
Psychology, General 6%
Human Development and Family Studies, General 5%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5%

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Student Life

University of Rhode Island has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,398, with a gender distribution of 45.6 percent male students and 54.4 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus. University of Rhode Island is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 16,451
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Rhode Island offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Rhode Island also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Rhode Island, 53 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Rhode Island.

Students who have cars on campus 53%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Rhode Island, 67 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,219.

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In-state tuition and fees $12,450 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $28,016 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,330 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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