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University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
The University of Rhode Island, founded in 1892, is a public, comprehensive university. Since its founding as a land-grant institution, the university has offered its students a broad, liberal arts education and practical preparation for earning a living. Designated a sea-grant college in 1971 and an urban-grant institution in 1995, URI is one of only eight universities nationwide to hold all three designations. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Science, Business Administration, Engineering, Environmental and Life Sciences, Human Science and Services, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Its 1,200-acre campus is located in Kingston, 30 miles south of Providence.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 14,801
   Women 8,291 (56.0%)
   Men 6,510 (44.0%)
Graduate Students 3,033
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 71% of 21,797 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.45
SAT Math 556 average
500-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 544 average
490-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 24 average
22-27 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $28,149
Out-of-state: $44,139
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $12,884
Out-of-state: $28,874
  Room and Board $12,022
Average Percent of Need Met 64%
Average Freshman Award $16,577
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 697
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 25% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes
Kingston Population 5,446
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 74% of freshmen, 44% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Ram
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.3% Asian
5.2% Black/African-American
9.8% Hispanic/Latino
2.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.0% White
7.1% Unknown
International Students 1.6% from 41 countries
First-Year Students Returning 83.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 42.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported