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University of Rhode Island Overview

University of Rhode Island is a public institution located in Kingston, Rhode Island. Kingston is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is University of Rhode Island Known For?

3,634 Undergraduate Awards
$38,316 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at URI is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at URI.
  • In 2017-2018, 67% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from URI with a bachelor's degree make about $52,900 a year. That's 30% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Rhode Island Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

URI has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#154 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at URI.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Neurobiology & Neurosciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Germanic Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best East Asian Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Classical Languages & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Romance Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#72 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards URI has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates College Factual
#17 Best Romance Languages Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#51 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#54 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#57 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#114 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is University of Rhode Island?

Location of University of Rhode Island

Contact details for URI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Green Hall, 35 Campus Avenue, Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-1000
Website: web.uri.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/universityofri
Twitter: https://twitter.com/universityofri

How Do I Get Into URI?

You can apply to URI online at: web.uri.edu/admission

Admission Requirements for URI

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into URI?

70% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
87% Submit SAT Scores
URI has an acceptance rate of 70%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 68%, and the acceptance rate for women is 71%.

Average Test Scores

About 87% of students accepted to URI submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 530 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 520 to 610 )
200
800
URI received ACT scores from 22% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 27. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 22 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Rhode Island?

$38,316 Net Price
83% Take Out Loans
4.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of URI is $38,316. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At URI, approximately 83% of students took out student loans averaging $6,606 a year. That adds up to $26,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at URI is 4.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Rhode Island Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,596 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,548 undergraduate students at URI, with 12,596 being full-time and 1,952 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  URI

There are also 2,917 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,596 full-time undergraduates at URI, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  URI

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Rhode Island students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of URI Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 417
Black or African American 625
Hispanic or Latino 1,348
White 9,224
International Students 177
Other Races/Ethnicities 805

Geographic Diversity

Rhode Island students aren't the only ones who study at University of Rhode Island. At this time, 34 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 70 countries are represented at URI. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Rhode Island

724 Took All Classes Online
3,779 Took At Least One Class Online
42.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at URI. In 2017-2018, 3,779 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at URI has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in Rhode Island for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of URI

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Rhode Island was 42.0%. This is the #548 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at URI regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of URI majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication & Journalism 1%
Computer & Information Sciences 21%
Education 9%
Homeland Security 7%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 7%
Information Technology 33%
Teaching English or French 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at URI ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at URI.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #2
Homeland Security #7
Information Technology #16
Computer & Information Sciences #46
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #62
Nursing #82
Health Professions #147

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Rhode Island Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 376 1 34 9 420
General Psychology 0 233 0 9 0 242
Communication & Media Studies 0 215 0 7 0 222
Business Administration & Management 0 115 0 67 3 185
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 39 0 4 121 164
Health & Physical Education 0 142 0 6 0 148
Human Development & Family Studies 0 115 0 25 0 140
Mechanical Engineering 0 112 0 16 3 131
Health Sciences & Services 0 120 0 0 0 120
Accounting 0 86 0 18 0 104
Economics 0 95 0 5 3 103
Political Science & Government 0 95 0 3 0 98
General Biology 0 97 0 0 0 97
Computer Information Systems 0 84 0 9 3 96
Communication Sciences 0 67 0 23 0 90
Public Relations & Advertising 0 84 0 0 0 84
General English Literature 0 72 0 0 6 78
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 43 0 35 0 78
Animal Science 0 77 0 0 0 77
Finance & Financial Management 0 76 0 1 0 77
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 75 0 0 0 75
Romance Languages 0 70 0 5 0 75
Marketing 0 72 0 0 0 72
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 63 0 5 0 68
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 54 0 0 0 54
Civil Engineering 0 36 0 17 1 54
Natural Resource Management 10 24 0 20 0 54
Public Policy 0 33 0 15 4 52
Chemical Engineering 0 40 0 6 5 51
Ocean Engineering 0 29 0 18 4 51
Other Social Sciences 0 50 0 0 0 50
General Education 0 0 0 38 10 48
Electrical Engineering 0 32 0 13 3 48
Mathematics 0 41 0 6 0 47
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 46 0 0 0 46
Information Technology 0 0 11 34 0 45
History 0 39 0 5 0 44
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 27 0 16 0 43
Biomedical Engineering 0 40 0 0 0 40
Wildlife Management 0 38 0 0 0 38
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 37 0 37
Germanic Languages 0 36 0 0 0 36
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 35 0 0 0 35
Writing Studies 0 30 0 0 0 30
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 30 30
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 12 1 10 5 28
Journalism 0 26 0 0 0 26
Fine & Studio Arts 0 26 0 0 0 26
Human Resource Management 0 0 14 11 0 25
Computer Engineering 0 22 2 0 0 24
Industrial Engineering 0 14 0 9 0 23
Ethnic Studies 0 19 4 0 0 23
Chemistry 0 11 0 1 11 23
Music 0 19 0 4 0 23
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 12 10 22
Natural Resources Conservation 0 21 0 0 0 21
Public Administration 0 0 0 21 0 21
Drama & Theater Arts 0 21 0 0 0 21
East Asian Languages 0 20 0 0 0 20
Geography & Cartography 0 0 18 0 0 18
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 2 15 17
Sociology 0 17 0 0 0 17
Landscape Architecture 0 16 0 0 0 16
Horticulture 0 15 0 0 0 15
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 15 0 15
Criminology 0 15 0 0 0 15
Fisheries Sciences 0 14 0 0 0 14
Homeland Security 0 0 14 0 0 14
International Business 0 13 0 0 0 13
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 13 0 0 13
Physics 0 8 0 0 5 13
Philosophy 0 12 0 0 0 12
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 5 3 2 10
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 10 0 0 0 10
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 10 0 0 10
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 9 0 0 0 9
Anthropology 0 9 0 0 0 9
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 7 0 0 7
General Business/Commerce 0 7 0 0 0 7
Classical Languages & Literature 0 7 0 0 0 7
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 6 0 6
Special Education 0 0 0 4 0 4
Statistics 0 0 0 4 0 4
Agricultural Production 0 3 0 0 0 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 2 0 0 0 2
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other Psychology 0 1 0 0 0 1
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Health 0 0 0 0 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 10 3,624 100 599 253 4,586

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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