The main campus of the University is in the village of Kingston, in rural southern Rhode Island, about six miles from the ocean. The central quadrangle of the green and spacious campus is on the top of Kingston hill, with student housing on the hillside and athletic and agricultural fields and buildings on the plain below.
Kingston is 30 miles south of Providence, and just across Narragansett Bay from the resort of Newport. It lies between two major metropolitan areas. New York is 160 miles southwest, Boston 70 miles north, and both are within easy reach by rail or car.
The University has about 10,600 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students on the Kingston campus, and about 650 full-time and 100 part-time faculty members. Because URI is a state university, the faculty is involved in teaching, wide-ranging research, and in reaching out with practical information to help the people of the state. Given the wide diversity of families in the U.S.A., the program is particularly interested in attracting minority graduate students.