University Of Rhode Island

University Of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island, also known as URI, is the principal public research university located in the State of Rhode Island. It was founded in 1892. The main campus is situated in Kingston, Rhode Island. In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked URI in its list of best colleges and gave it a selective rating. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Continuing Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environment and Life Sciences
  • College of Human Science and Services
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Graduate School of Oceanography
  • University College

URI's official mascot is named Rhody the Ram. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Rams.

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Contacting URI

University of Rhode Island
Kingston , RI 02881
General Phone: (401) 874-1000

URI Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management457business, business management, accounting, finance, labor relations, international business, MIS, marketing, apparel marketing ...
Liberal Arts429Latin American studies, African-American studies, women's studies, comparative literature, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, Classical languages, ...
Education and Teaching232education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching
Media232communication studies, journalism, public relations
Engineering226biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, industrial engineering, various engineering courses
Therapy and Counseling192psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, school psychology, communication disorders, physical therapy
Science186biology, biochemistry, call and molecular biology, microbiology, zoology, marine biology, aquatic biology, conservation biology, chemistry, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine158registered nursing, nursing science
Family and Social Work152food and nutrition, family studies, public administration, public policy analysis
Medicine95pharmacy, pharmacy administration, pharmaceutics and drug design, pharmaceutical chemistry
Construction Trades77apparel and textiles
Conservation and Resource Management55conservation, environmental studies, natural resources management, wetlands management, fisheries sciences, wildlife management
Medical Support and Technology47audiology, speech pathology, dental hygienist, clinical lab tech
Computer Science and Engineering47computer and info science, computer engineering
Fine Arts45fine arts, art history and criticism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy40dietitian
Animal Science and Care39animal science
Mathematics33mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Landscaping and Horticulture23horticultural business, plant sciences
Architecture and Planning19urban planning, landscape architecture
Drama and Performing Arts19drama
Photography and Commercial Art14cinematography
Music12music, music performance, music theory and composition
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Medical Administration2health care administration
Security and Law Enforcement0criminology

Number of programs and degrees for URI in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,20185
Master's degree48151
Doctor's degree6832
Postbaccalaureate certificate03
First-professional degree871

URI Student Body

In 2007-2008, URI had a total enrollment of 15,650 students (13,922 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 19%
First Professional 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 69%
Black 5%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 30%
20-21 29%
22-24 18%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

Rhode Island49%
New Jersey11%
New York10%
New Hampshire2%

URI Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %
Part-Time 48 %

URI Room and Board (2007)

URI offers campus housing for 5,393 of its 13,922 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Kingston, Rhode Island for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Rhode Island Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

URI Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470560
SAT Math480580
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT13%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

URI Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,678
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,776
Room and board $ 9,342
Room charge $ 6,364
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,510
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 1,548

Financial Aid:
URI participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 341400)

URI Faculty

URI has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5571
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3253

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year31$121,82511$116,057
Associate professorcalendar year6$87,2799$85,781
Assistant professorcalendar year8$70,14214$73,266
All faculty totalcalendar year45$108,03134$90,423

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year204$103,69970$96,825
Associate professoracademic year57$79,66065$69,719
Assistant professoracademic year48$69,44368$63,373
Instructoracademic year3$53,9845$53,193
Lectureracademic year27$43,56839$43,615
All faculty totalacademic year339$89,578247$71,197

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

URI Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Atlantic 10 Conference
Basketball Atlantic 10 Conference
Baseball Atlantic 10 Conference
Track Atlantic 10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports36119155

URI Degree Programs (2007)

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Business And Management
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Labor and Industrial Relations
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Ocean Engineering

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other
Plant Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Applied Economics
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Pharmacy Administration/Policy/Regulatory Affairs (MS, PhD)

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Religion And Philosophy

Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Conservation Biology
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Microbiology, General
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Experimental Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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URI Highlights

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What Sets URI Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
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Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
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Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%URI Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in construction trades
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 11%URI % of degrees in construction trades
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%URI % of degrees in media
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 12%URI % students on athletic fin. aid
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%URI Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%URI % of degrees in mathematics
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%URI % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%URI Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in fine arts
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%URI % of degrees in fine arts
% of degrees in conservation and resource management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%URI % of degrees in conservation and resource management

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