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Who We Are

Quick Facts

  • 13,354 undergraduates
  • 3,123 freshmen
  • 52 nations represented
  • 45 US states and territories
  • 59% RI students, 41% out-of-state
  • 21% of incoming freshmen self-identify as students of color
  • 600 national and international internship opportunities
  • 215 study abroad opportunities in 81 countries
  • 190 national student exchange universities
  • 16:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 68% of URI classes have 29 or fewer students
  • 85% of faculty have doctoral degrees
  • 2,306 Graduate Students

2014 Admitted Student Profile

Admitted Freshman Student Profile for 2014
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Southern RI Beaches
10-15 minutes
Historic Newport, RI
20 minutes
Providence, RI
35 minutes
Boston, MA
90 minutes
New York, NY
2.5 hours

URI Cornerstones:

The University of Rhode Island is a principled community guided by values. As members of this community, we subscribe to the following principles, which form the foundation of our endeavors.

  • We pursue knowledge with honesty, integrity, and courage.
  • We promote independent choice, intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness, and free expression.
  • We respect the rights and dignity of each individual and group.
  • We reject prejudice and intolerance, and we work to understand differences.
  • We accept personal responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
  • We actively cooperate to improve the University, the state of Rhode Island, and the global community beyond our borders.
  • We strive to be a community where the environment and property are treated respectfully.
  • We seek to create and maintain an environment conducive to personal health and wellness.
  • We work to develop skills that promote lifelong learning, leadership, and service.

Developed by the Quality of Student Life Committee and endorsed by the URI Student Senate.

12  big things
               about URI

student behind camera

URI offers more than 80 majors and more than 50 minors. In fact, we're always creating new majors to respond to the world's changing needs. If options are a big deal to you, URI is the place to be.

professionally dressed students

The Wall Street Journal's Smart Money magazine ranks URI the top value in New England for return on tuition investment. The ranking is based on a nationwide survey comparing tuition costs against graduate earning power.

buildings and landscaping

From certified green buildings and high-tech labs, to a completely wireless campus and newer residence halls, to a new student wellness center and award-winning dining hall, URI has invested nearly $1 billion since 1990 in building or improving more than 50 buildings University-wide.

faculty member by the ocean

URI faculty experts are wanted around the world. Jimmie Oxley collaborates with Homeland Security and other governments to combat terrorism. Martin Bide helped the FBI develop a fabric dye database. Stephan Grilli and Isaac Ginis are global leaders in tsunami and hurricane research.

student gardening

Oil-spill clean-ups, energy research, and sustainable agriculture are just some of the ways URI students and faculty are at the forefront of environmental issues. In fact, Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges has named URI one of the nation's most eco-friendly campuses.

female student intern at Gillette Stadium holding Patriots helmet

New England Patriots. Alex and Ani. FM Global. The Boston Globe. Naval Undersea Warfare Center. Olympic Training Center. New England Sports Network. Bed, Bath, and Beyond. These are just a few examples of the internships that have helped land our students jobs.

student teaching young girl on surfboard

Our students donate their time teaching disabled children to surf, tutoring children, building for Habitat for Humanity, monitoring water quality and more. No wonder we're listed in The Princeton Review's "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement" (Random House).

students studying abroad

From Argentina to Zimbabwe and all the places in between, you're bound to find URI students and alumni. Our current students come from 45 states and territories and 58 nations. Alumni live in all 50 states, D.C., three territories, and 80 nations. And our study abroad program can take you just about anywhere.

two students laughing together


With 13,000 undergraduates, you'll make tons of friends, but we like to keep it small here. Our student/faculty ratio is just 15:1, and 66 percent of our classes have fewer than 29 students. Plus, our beautiful rural setting gives URI the warmth and friendliness of a much smaller place.

female student smiling and carrying colorful artwork

We've got 40 honors societies, plus an Honors Program that offers even smaller classes, dedicated upper-classman housing, livelier discussions, and more in-depth exploration of such global topics as peace and nonviolence, global health, poverty, and more.

female student reading in dorm room

Many of our 22 undergrad residence halls are certified "green," recently renovated, or almost new. "Freshman Village" is centrally located between the academic, athletics, and recreational sectors of campus. And in a Living and Learning Community, you'll live with students who share your academic interests.

students laughing playing volleyball in the mud

Whether your idea of fun is on the field or the stage, in the woods or the water, with politics or worship, it's here waiting for you. URI offers more than 100 student clubs, dozens of club, intramural, and intercollegiate sports, and a robust athletics complex with some of the top facilities in the region.

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Office of Admission Mission Statement

The Office of Admission strives each year to enroll a diverse undergraduate class of freshman and transfer students from the state of Rhode Island as well as from other states and countries. We seek to enroll students who are prepared to be successful at the University, who possess a variety of talents and strengths, who are committed to becoming contributing members of the community, and who will be stimulated and challenged by doing undergraduate work in an environment that includes scholarly research and graduate study.

Academic colleges:

URI honors Program

Enrich your education with our Honors Program!

Center for Student Leadership Development

We offer a pre-freshman Leadership Institute and a Leadership Studies minor. Learn more today!

Academic Advising

Whether you know what you want to study or have no idea, URI's University College for Academic Success offers award-winning academic advising to help you explore your options, from deciding on a major to learning about career paths that you never knew existed.