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University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island, commonly referred to as URI, is the principal 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.

University of Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island seal.svg
Former names
Rhode Island College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (1892–1909)
Rhode Island State College (1909–1951)
Motto Think Big. We Do.
Type Flagship
Land Grant
Sea Grant
Established May 19, 1892 (1892-05-19)
Endowment $124.6 million (2016)[1]
President David M. Dooley
Provost Donald H. DeHayes
Administrative staff
675 full time
Students 18,072 (Fall 2017)[2]
Undergraduates 15,092 (Fall 2017)[2]
Postgraduates 3,033 (Fall 2017)[2]
Location Kingston, Rhode Island, U.S.
Campus Rural, 1,254 acres (5.07 km2)
Colors Blue and Metallic Gold[3]
Nickname Rams
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
Atlantic 10 Conference
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
Mascot Rhody the Ram
University of Rhode Island logo.svg

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 Administration, 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.

The University enrolled about 13,600 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students in Fall 2015.[2] U.S. News & World Report classifies URI as a tier 1 national university, ranking it tied for 161st in the U.S.[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] The current president is David M. Dooley.[7]

A list of Presidents of the University of Rhode Island:

Main campusEdit

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,[8] was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.



University rankings
ARWU[10] 126-146
Forbes[11] 426
U.S. News & World Report[12] 161
Washington Monthly[13] 185
ARWU[14] 401-500
U.S. News & World Report[15] 632

Located in a traditional New England college town, URI offers students a land, sea and urban experience. Students can choose from about 80 majors within eight different colleges. Among the most popular majors at URI are Nursing, Communication Studies, Psychology, Kinesiology and Human Development & Family Studies. URI is well known for its nursing and engineering programs, the latter of which includes the internationally recognized International Engineering Program,[16][17] and a robotic competition delegation that has continuously placed within the top 5 competing schools.[18] The University also boasts nationally ranked programs in Pharmacy, Landscape Architecture,[19] and Oceanography.

The University of Rhode Island Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics has been ranked the fourth most productive research department in the country in the field of agricultural economics by the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. Only Colorado State University, Iowa State University and the University of California at Berkeley ranked ahead of URI. Of the top 10 universities in the field, URI's program has the fewest faculty members with 10.The URI program was the first in the nation to offer a graduate degree in natural resource economics (in 1969), and the department publishes an internationally recognized research journal, Marine Resource Economics. Agricultural and natural resource economists study the interactions between economic and natural systems, with the goal of developing a sustainable and efficient economy. Faculty in the URI department focus on issues related to the spectrum of natural resource and environmental management, with particular strengths in fisheries and aquaculture, the marine environment, coastal watersheds and terrestrial ecosystems, ecosystem valuation and international trade.[20]

U.S. News & World Report classifies URI as a tier 1 national university, ranking it tied for 161st overall.[4] The average incoming freshman for the fall of 2015 had a GPA of 3.46 and an SAT score of 1110 (out of 1600) or an ACT score of 24.[21]


URI Athletics Logo
University of Rhode Island Rams Football at Meade Stadium

The University of Rhode Island Department of Athletics and Recreation fields teams that compete in 17 intercollegiate sports. The University is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. 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. The Director of Athletics is Thorr Bjorn, who previously worked at the University of Massachusetts.

Student organizationsEdit

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

There are over one hundred officially recognized student organizations at the University of Rhode Island. Most student organizations are funded by the URI Student Senate, which is in turn funded by fees levied on all students. Prominent organizations include:

  • URI Student Senate — the undergraduate student government.
  • URI Student Alumni Association (SAA) -- Organization that promotes school spirit and bringing students of the past, present, and future together. They plan campus-wide events including Homecoming, Rhody Rally, Oozeball, among other things.
  • Student Entertainment Committee (SEC) — organizes large concerts and other campus-wide entertainment, including comedians, guest speakers, and special activities.
  • URI Club Sports - Comprising 18 teams which participate in intercollegiate competition regionally, nationally and abroad.
  • WRIU — radio station
  • The Good 5 Cent Cigar — campus newspaper
  • Renaissance Yearbook — campus yearbook
  • URI Students for Social Change
  • Local branches of national organizations such as: Hillel, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, NAACP, PRSSA, College Democrats and College Republicans.
  • Fashion Merchandising Society (FMS) – Organization dedicated to providing all members (not just members of the Textiles department) with connections to the Fashion industry as well as topical information.
  • Public Relations Society (PRS)- Organization that hosts its own events and helps other on-campus organizations with advertising, marketing and good public relations.
  • Student Action for Sustainability (SAS) – Organization behind the "green" movement on campus, Earth Day celebrations, campus clean-ups, and upcoming Campus Sustainability Day in the fall.
  • Student Alliance for the Welfare of Africa (SAWA)- Organization behind educating students on issues concerning Africa and its inhabitants. One of the goals is to help abolish common stereotypes of African culture.
  • URI Dance Company – An organization that offers students the opportunity to experience the art of dance.
  • The Mob – An organization that encourages student involvement at University Athletics events.
  • The 411 on the 401 – A student produced television show that deals with student organization and events, pop culture, University news, local music and bands, and student life in general.
  • The URI Ram Marching Band – Organization consisting of both music and non-music major performers. Participates at all home URI Football games and participates in Rhody Rally. Includes the URI Drumline and URI Color Guard.

The Greek Community consists of 15 fraternities and 9 sororities.



Multicultural Greek Council Organizations:

Professional Fraternities and Sororities:

The Greek Community is governed by the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council. Both organizations, along with Greek Life administration are housed on campus in the Christopher House.

Notable alumniEdit

Politics and GovernmentEdit


Rams Basketball at Ryan Center

Arts, broadcast and entertainmentEdit


Science and AcademiaEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2016. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2015 to FY 2016" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Final Enrollment Reports" (PDF). University of Rhode Island. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ "URI Brand Visual Standards Guide" (PDF). University of Rhode Island. September 1, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings – University of Rhode Island". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Rice, M.A., S. Rodrigues and K. Venturini. "Philosophical & Institutional Innovations of Kenyon Leech Butterfield and the Rhode Island Contributions to the Development of Land Grant and Sea Grant Extension". Century Beyond the Campus: Past, Present, and Future of Extension A Research Symposium to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act September 24 – 25, 2014, West Virginia University. Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Sep. 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (11 March 2013). "New RI Board of Ed meets for first time". Archived from the original on 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "University of Rhode Island history and timeline". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Draft NRHP nomination for University of Rhode Island Historic District" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 
  9. ^ "East Hall Turns 100". University of Rhode Island. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2016. The 100th anniversary of the official opening of East Hall on October 15, 1909, was celebrated on October 15, 2009 
  10. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017: USA". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  11. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. July 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Best Colleges 2017: National Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. September 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ "2016 Rankings - National Universities". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Best Global Universities Rankings: 2017". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ "International Engineering Program". 
  17. ^ King Head, Sarah (12 February 2012). "Engineers with a foreign language build global bridges". University World News. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "URI team wins international robotic boat contest – Providence Business News". Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  19. ^ "News – University of Rhode Island". 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  20. ^ "URI Natural Resources" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  21. ^ Redlich, Jhodi. "URI's Facts about Fall 2015". URI Press Release. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Rhode Island : Tom Garrick Resigns as Women's Basketball Head Coach". 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  23. ^ "Whitehouse's 'secret weapon'? His wife, Sandra. by Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 

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