#1 Best Public Universities in Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island

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University of Rhode Island overview
Location Kingston, Rhode Island
Online uri.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
University of Rhode Island overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Rhode Island (URI), established in 1892 as an agricultural school and now the state's flagship public research university, is situated in the quaint town of Kingston, Rhode Island, approximately 30 miles southwest of Providence. URI offers a campus noted for its rural setting and historic structures, with a variety of architectural styles including late Victorian era buildings. The university maintains a broad academic profile with a noteworthy College of Environmental and Life Sciences and a strong College of Nursing. It is characterized by a selective admissions process. Student housing is provided through a range of on-campus residences, accommodating a significant proportion of the student body. Popular majors among the diverse array of programs offered include Business, Engineering, and Health Professions. URI's athletic teams, known as the Rams, have garnered recognition in sports such as basketball and soccer.

In the most recent statistical year 25,481 prospective students applied, and 19,465 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,420 enrolled in the school.  14,614 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,859 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $13,586 plus fees of $2,294. URI is ranked 361 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












URI is rated within the top 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Rhode Island overview
SAT 1050/1270
ACT 25/30
GPA 3.58

Applications Accepted

University of Rhode Island overview
Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend

Rhode Island Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Rhode Island
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,250
Other Fees$2,294
Room and Board $13,584
Budget for Other Expenses$2,436
Total One Year Cost$33,150

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Rhode Island
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,250
Other Fees$2,294
Room and Board $13,584
Budget for Other Expenses$2,436
Total One Year Cost$51,632

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$56,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Rhode Island students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 14%
Communication 10%
Health Professions 10%
Social Sciences 9%
Engineering 9%

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