Location: Kingston, Rhode Island.
Percent Women: 54%
Tuition (one year): $12,506 (in-state), $28,072 (out-of-state)
Most Popular Majors: Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Psychology; Nursing; Human Development and Family Studies
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 75.8%
Why Choose University of Rhode Island?
“I applied to URI because it was a good distance away from home and it was a good school for my major. As a prospective student I loved the campus and how close it was to the beach. I also loved the atmosphere I got on Welcome Day. Everyone was so happy, I really felt like URI could be my home.”
“I knew I wanted to be in either a city or at a medium to large sized state school. I applied to ten colleges, and made my decision once I heard back from all ten. I chose URI because it offered a little bit of everything. There is a wide selection of academic focuses, tons of student organizations, and the location is pretty awesome, too. Campus is beautiful, upperclassmen live on the beach, and Newport and Providence are both less than an hour away.”
“I am not a New Englander, so I was attracted to URI because it was very different from the places that all the people from my hometown were applying to. I loved the proximity to the beach, how beautiful the campus was, and how beautiful the area was. I also loved the communal ‘feel’ of the school, and how you’re placed into learning communities according to your major as a freshman. Another thing I loved was that not all of the the classes are huge. I’m so glad that aside from AVS 101, my basic freshman classes like COM 100 and WRT 104 were no larger than 20-30 students.”
“The campus felt like such a ‘college-y’ campus to me, which is every girls dream. I loved the layout of the campus, I wanted a medium sized school, and I wanted my college to have decent sports teams and Greek life, so URI was a perfect match.”
“The school was so beautiful. And, it wasn’t too big or too small. The campus had a small school feel, but I loved that 13,000 undergraduates actually attended..”
“I applied to URI because they have a great Marine Biology program, but I was drawn to the atmosphere and the diversity of the campus. I also loved that it was close to the ocean because being from upstate New York, going to the beach is not as easy task.”
“The best part about URI is the size of the student population. It's large enough that you are constantly meeting new people, but also small enough that you see familiar faces everywhere you go. Another great part about URI is the diversity of the students that go here. With such a broad range of personalities, you are bound to find someone you just click with.”
“I love that it is close to the beach and how students live off campus. I also love both of our gyms. Greek life is also a great thing at URI and is definitely one of my favorite parts.”
“My favorite part about URI is that it is 8 miles from the beach, one hour away from Boston, and two and a half hours away from New York City."
"My favorite event is most definitely homecoming. There are tons of events, and the annual football game is always so much fun!”
“My favorite part about URI is the campus itself. Walking around campus on a beautiful sunny day puts me in a great mood. Everyone enjoys hanging out on the quad and sometimes shopping at little pop-up boutiques outside. People are always friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxing.”
“The worst part about URI is the distance between campus and off campus housing. Most students make the move off campus by the time they are upperclassmen, so we have to commute to campus every day. As freshman or sophomore living on campus, you usually have to commute to off campus for nightlife. Although off campus housing is only 8 miles away from campus, the commute can take up to 25 minutes with traffic."
"The parking lots are so far away from academic buildings, and the campus shuttles can get pretty crowded. So, be prepared to walk a lot. Even in the crappy weather.”
“The bars here are only 21+, so there is not always a lot to do here at night if you are not apart of Greek life and/or are not 21. Another flaw is that a lot of the majors here are very structured, so it can be tricky to have multiple academic focuses, but it is not uncommon.”
“One part about URI that isn't great is the school surroundings. Almost all stores and restaurants are a 10-15 minute drive from campus, which can be pretty inconvenient. However, if you make the drive, there are awesome things to do off campus. But, if you don't have a car... That's another story!"
“During the winter time, you’re always either ice skating or snowshoeing across campus because the sidewalks are half shoveled, or covered in a mixture of slush mixed with sidewalk salt.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Being a first year student here is pretty cool. The majority of freshman students live on campus, so there’s a large sense of community within the freshman class. Orientation was actually a lot of fun and most students meet some of their best friends there."
“I love that there is specific Freshmen housing, so everyone in your building is in the same boat as you. Most freshman dorms are separated into learning communities, so students live amongst other students in their major. Every first year student is also required to take URI 101, which I think was a lifesaver. URI 101 is a course for every student to get the low-down on their major and URI as a whole. Each class has an upperclassmen mentor, so it's easy to relate to another student on a personal level."
"Every first year student attends "First Night" on the move-in day, which is really cool. Basically, everyone gathers in front of the Memorial Union for a giant block party where vendors and clubs set up booths. You get to see see what URI has to offer, plus, there's free food and goodies!”
“As a first year student, it is exciting at first but it is easy to feel homesick. The hardest part for me was not being able to get into my car and drive wherever I wanted to go. It almost felt like I had less freedom, even though I was hours away from any parental supervision. My suggestion is to stay active, so you don't feel cooped up on campus!”
"Greek life makes it very easy for first year students to get involved. Within the first few days after move-in, Greek life holds many events for new students to learn about the different Greek organizations on campus, and learn more about how to get involved."
All About Academics
"Course registration is the Hunger Games of URI. You better hope your registration date is early and you better be prepared with 6 different versions of a possible schedule. University College advising is helpful freshmen year when everything is new and confusing. By the end of sophomore year, you should find a professor in your major that you like to then be your advisor."
“People study anywhere on campus, the library, the quad, random academic buildings, in dorm buildings, and coffee shops. What’s great about the library is that there’s a place to go study for everyone as you go up in floors they become quieter, and if you want a room to study with a group of friends, or if you want to study alone in a super quiet cubicle there are places for both!"
“Even though you may not have assignments due for every class every day, it's really important to stay on top of your smaller assignments such as reading and online work. You will quickly fall behind and you may not understand what is going on in class."
“Nursing and Kineseology have become very popular majors at URI. The workload is way different from high school, so be ready for some long hours in the library. Each major has a different advisor that will help guide you throughout your college career. They will help schedule your classes, and make sure you are on track with completely the correct amount of credits. Classes do close up rather quickly, but you can ask professors for permission numbers to get into closed classes.”
HC's Complete College Guide: University of Rhode Island
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