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Nora Lewis

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Two years ago, Amandine Umutoni Gatali was sitting at her computer in Pretoria, South Africa, trying to figure out where to go to college. She knew she wanted to study in the United States, but wasn’t sure where. A cousin was living in Newport so, on a whim, she Googled “universities in Rhode Island.”

URI popped up.

She plugged civil engineering—her intended major—into the site’s search tab and liked what she saw: a combined five-year degree in engineering and a language, with a year studying abroad and working as an intern.

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is the best thing ever,’” says Gatali. She applied two weeks later and was accepted. She also applied to colleges...

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