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URI offers emergency admissions to students enrolled in hurricane-affected colleges

Media Contact: URI Communications, 401-874-2116

KINGSTON, RI – September 1, 2005 - The University of Rhode Island is offering emergency admission to qualified Rhode Islanders and out-of-state students whose enrollments at colleges and universities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were derailed by Hurricane Katrina.

“The devastation created by Hurricane Katrina has dramatically affected so many people in Louisiana, Mississippi and surrounding areas, among them college students studying in the region. In view of this horrific situation, the undergraduate admissions office is prepared to assist these students, and admit them on an emergency, space available basis,” said URI President Robert L. Carothers.

“The University grieves for the victims of Hurricane Katrina but knows that the spirits of those so devastated are rich in a tradition of survival and recovery. Our community opens its doors to those college students who seek an educational home to continue their work toward building their own futures during these difficult times,” added the president.

The University will accept admissions information over the telephone, waive the application fee, and connect students with an academic advisor to assist them in selecting courses to begin classes on Wednesday, September 7th, according to James Lynch, URI dean of undergraduate admissions.

“We will work closely with these students and their parents to get them taken care of over these next few days,” said Lynch. “We have already processed about a dozen students for admission and have received inquiries from about 20 students since yesterday,” added Lynch.

Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island are also offering admission to their respective institutions, also on a space available basis.

“Despite the fact that each of Rhode Island’s public institutions is about to begin a new academic year, the presidents pledge to expedite the admissions process to whatever extent possible,’ said Jack Warner, commissioner of higher education.

Counselors will be made available to students for assistance with admissions and application for financial aid. For enrollment information at URI, please contact Nancy Stricklin,, 874-7113 for freshman enrollment; Joe Walsh,, 874-7103 for transfer enrollment. URI's admisssions fax # is 401-874-5523. At RIC, call Jane Fusco, 456-8090, and at CCRI, call Ron Schertz, 825-2221.

For More Information: Linda A. Acciardo, 874-2116, Cell: (401) 474-7057