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A division of the Office of Student Life
Office of Independent Student Services
330 Memorial Union, Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-2101 Fax: 401-874-5574

The Office of Independent Student Services (OISS) provides support and information for "non-traditional" or older students (typically students 25 or older who are returning to the university or attending college for the first time).


The University of Rhode Island recognizes that entering or returning to college more than five years after high school is not just an event, but is also a change process. The Office of Independent Student Services is committed to helping independent students nagivate the many variables that will effect their lives as they proceed through the transition, assimilation, and adjustment to the university experience. The programs and services offered are intended to address individual student concerns as well as to advocate for the unique needs of this population within the university community.

Services and Programs

Independent Student Orientation
The Office of Independent Student Services coordinates a special URI orientation formatted specifically with the independent student in mind. Orientation is a place where independent students can speak to an advisor, register for classes, obtain a student ID and parking pass, learn about URI-Kingston and its services, and meet other new independent students with similar personal situations. This particular orientation fulfills the university's initiation requirement, and no other orientation needs to be attended.

The independent student orientation is not only unique in its format but also in its offerings. Your support system from home, be it a significant other, family member of friend, is welcome to join you at this orientation, and we strongly encourage this. It is nice for them to see where you will be and recognize that they will be a strong influence on your success at URI. We will also provide childcare for those who may require it. The orientation is held on a Saturday in July and in December (for students coming to the university for the spring semester).

Student Challenge Assistance
Independent students' needs and interests differ from the traditional 18- to 23-year-old student. They may be married, raising a family, changing careers, or earning a living while attending school. These unique circumstances occasionally create challenges for the indpendent student in regard to university administration, office hours, faculty, policies and procedures, or even personal relationships. OISS provides assistance to students dealing with these challenges through private advising appointments and collaboration with the university's Independent Student Support Network.

Emergency Locator Service
During the academic year, emergency situations may occur and the independent student's family or children's schools may need to reach them while they are on campus. An Emergency Locator Form is available at the Office of Student Life. Once completed, these forms are kept on file to facilitate attempts to locate the student during their time on campus.

We Are Expanding...
This office is in the process of expanding its programs and services to the independent student population on the URI Kingston campus. We would love input from the students we are attempting to serve. Please let us know any of your ideas regarding ways we can be more effective.

Other Services

Independent Student Organization
The Independent Student Organization (ISO) is a Student Senate-recognized student organization that provides social connections and a newsletter for older students. Stop by their office, Memorial Union Room 301, or call (401) 874-5430 for more information.

Commuter Housing Office and the Commuter Lounge
Independent students often identify as members of a large population at URI- commuter students. The Commuter Housing Office, a division of the Office of Student Life, provides services, information and support for commuter students, off-campus housing listings, and the Commuter Lounge, Memorial Union Room 310.

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For more information about this site, contact the Office of Independent Student Services at the Office of Student Life at (401) 874-2101.
File last updated: June 30, 1999

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