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University of Rhode Island
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Former names
Rhode Island College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (1892–1909)
Rhode Island State College (1909–1951)
MottoThink Big. We Do.
Land Grant
Sea Grant
EstablishedMay 19, 1892; 128 years ago (1892-05-19)
Endowment$149.2 million (2019)[1]
PresidentDavid M. Dooley
ProvostDonald H. DeHayes
Administrative staff
675 full time
Students17,064 (Spring 2019)[2]
Undergraduates14,027 (Spring 2019)[2]
Postgraduates2,780 (Spring 2019)[2]
Location, ,
United States
CampusRural, 1,254 acres (5.07 km2)
ColorsKeaney Blue, White & Navy Blue
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
Atlantic 10 Conference
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
MascotRhody the Ram
University of Rhode Island logo.svg

The University of Rhode Island (URI) is a public research university with its main campus in Kingston, Rhode Island. It is the flagship public research as well as the land grant and sea grant university for the state of Rhode Island. Its main campus is located in the village of Kingston in southern Rhode Island. Additionally, smaller campuses include the Feinstein Campus in Providence, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence, the Narragansett Bay Campus in Narragansett, and the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich.

The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in 80 undergraduate and 49 graduate areas of study through eight academic colleges. These colleges include Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Professional Studies, Engineering, Health Sciences, Environment and Life Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Another college, University College for Academic Success, serves primarily as an advising college for all incoming undergraduates and follows them through their first two years of enrollment at URI. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".[3]

As of 2019, the University of Rhode Island enrolls 14,653 undergraduate students, 1,982 graduate students, and 1,339 non-degree students. The in-state tuition for undergrad URI students in 2018-2019 is $14,138, while Regional students paid $22,324 for tuition, and out of state students paid $30,862. 75% of students received some type of financial aid.[4]


The university was first chartered as the state's agricultural school and agricultural experiment station in 1888. The site of the school was originally the Oliver Watson Farm, whose original farmhouse is now a small museum. In 1892, the school became known as the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.[5] The first class had only seventeen students, each completing their course of study in two years. In 1909, the school's name was again changed to Rhode Island State College as the school's programs were expanded beyond its original agricultural education mandate. In 1951 the school was given its current title through an act of the General Assembly following the addition of the College of Arts and Sciences and the offering of doctoral degrees. The Board of Governors for Higher Education, appointed by the governor, became the governing body of the University in 1981 during the presidency of Frank Newman (1974–1983). The Board of Governors was replaced by the Rhode Island Board of Education in 2013,[6], and by a 17-member Board of Trustees in 2019. The current president is David M. Dooley.[7]

A list of Presidents of the University of Rhode Island:

In 2013 the faculty adopted an open-access policy to make its scholarship publicly accessible online.[8]

Main campus

URI's main campus is located in northern South Kingstown, and is accessed via Rhode Island Route 138 from either the west (Interstate 95) or east (United States Route 1). The campus was mostly farmland when it was purchased by the state in 1888, and still includes the c. 1796 Oliver Watson Farmhouse. The early buildings of the campus are set around its main quadrangle, and were built out of locally quarried granite. The campus master plan was developed by the noted landscape architects Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot in the 1890s. The central portion of the campus, where most of its pre-1950 buildings are located,[9] was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.



University rankings
ARWU[11] 182–190
Forbes[12] 444
THE/WSJ[13] 401–500
U.S. News & World Report[14] 166
Washington Monthly[15] 151
ARWU[16] 801–900
THE[17] 501–600
U.S. News & World Report[18] 774

U.S. News & World Report ranks it tied for 166th overall among 399 "national universities" and tied for 79th out of 146 "top public schools" in 2020.[19]

The average incoming freshman at the Kingston campus for the fall of 2017 had a GPA of 3.54 and an SAT score of 1178 (out of 1600) (with ACT scores converted to SAT scale).[20]

Student clubs

URI has 17 club sports teams consisting of around 600 athletes. Club sports the school offers include tennis, equestrian, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, field hockey, wrestling, crew, gymnastics, lacrosse and sailing, amongst others. These teams travel and compete against other intercollegiate programs in the country. URI also has 20+ intramural sports, including volleyball, badminton, dodgeball, and soccer. The intramural sports allow students to compete in tournaments and games with other students on campus.[21]

URI also has over 300 student organizations and clubs including marching band, the Marine Science Society, SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance), Ether(bound), Anime Club, musicians guild, We're Offering Women Wisdom (WOWW), Puppy Raisers, and Alima International Dance Association. [22]


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University of Rhode Island Rams Football at Meade Stadium

The University of Rhode Island competes in 16 intercollegiate sports.[23] The university is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The URI men's basketball team competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference, and has appeared in the NCAA "March Madness” Tournament a total of 10 times since its first appearance in 1961. Two of these ten appearances occurred during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.[24][25]

Athletic facilities include the Ryan Center, Keaney Gymnasium, Meade Stadium, Mackal Field House, Tootell Aquatic Center, Bradford R. Boss Arena, URI Soccer Complex, Bill Beck Field, and URI Softball Complex.

Quadrangle on an early September evening at University of Rhode Island.

Off campus living

While 5600 students live in the 25 on campus residence halls, thousands more opt to commute from the surrounding area.[26] Narragansett, an abutting town to Kingston, is made up of hundreds of summer vacation homes which are rented to students for the academic year.

Notable alumni

Politics and government


Rams Basketball at Ryan Center

Arts, broadcast and entertainment


Science and academia


Notable faculty


See also


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