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URI Providence Campus

80 Washington Street

Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000

Message from the Vice Provost

Vice Provost

Welcome to the Feinstein Providence Campus....

This dynamic center of learning and outreach is located at URI's urban campus in downtown Providence. The campus is a place of exciting transition and development.   In addition to the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, our main academic component, the campus houses a number of University entities dedicated to research and educational excellence including the following:

  • Center for Urban Studies & Research
  • Providence Bio-Technology Center
  • Dr. Pat Feinstein Child Development Center
  • Urban Arts & Culture Program
  • Feinstein Center for A Hunger Free America

The College of Continuing Education, founded in 1942, was created to serve the educational and professional needs of Rhode Islanders and nearby Massachusetts residents. Today, we continue to serve these populations, as well as adult students beginning or renewing their college education.  The Providence Campus also offers graduating high school seniors the option of completing their higher education on our urban campus.

Students find a very supportive community here. Our services range from peer counseling, tutoring in math and writing, to assistance in obtaining scholarships and other financial aid, to the resources of a Child Development Center. Most importantly, we provide trust and respect for a diverse population.
URI carries the distinction of being a land, sea, and urban grant institution and I am proud to lead URI's Feinstein Providence Campus and its urban grant mission. We are a major provider of outreach and community services with particular emphasis on urban initiatives, and access to higher education. We have also partnered with businesses, public school systems, and other state institutions of higher education to provide increased opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.

As a Providence resident, I am encouraged to see the growth of this city.  I am excited to be a part of a community with such active and committed students. There is much for them to be involved with here.

We hope you will join us.


John H. McCray Jr., Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Urban Programs