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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)
MottoThink Big. We Do.
Land Grant
Sea Grant
EstablishedMay 19, 1892 (1892-05-19)
Endowment$145.6 million (2017)[1]
PresidentDavid M. Dooley
ProvostDonald H. DeHayes
Administrative staff
675 full time
Students18,072 (Fall 2017)[2]
Undergraduates15,092 (Fall 2017)[2]
Postgraduates3,033 (Fall 2017)[2]
LocationKingston, Rhode Island, U.S.
CampusRural, 1,254 acres (5.07 km2)
ColorsBlue and Metallic Gold[3]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
Atlantic 10 Conference
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
MascotRhody the Ram
University of Rhode Island logo.svg

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

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, 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:

In 2013 the faculty adopted an open-access policy to make its scholarship publicly accessible online.[8]

Main campus[edit]

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



University rankings
ARWU[11] 126-146
Forbes[12] 426
U.S. News & World Report[13] 161
Washington Monthly[14] 185
ARWU[15] 401-500
U.S. News & World Report[16] 632

U.S. News & World Report classifies URI as a tier 1 national university, ranking it tied for 161st overall.[4]

The average incoming freshman at the Kingston campus for the fall of 2017 had a GPA of 3.54 and an SAT score of 1178 (out of 1600) (with ACT scores convereted to SAT scale).[17]


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. The most notable team would be Rhode Island Rams men's basketball.

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

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics and Government[edit]


Rams Basketball at Ryan Center

Arts, broadcast and entertainment[edit]


Science and Academia[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of December 31, 2017. "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. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 15, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 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 April 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Associated Press (March 11, 2013). "New RI Board of Ed meets for first time". Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "University of Rhode Island history and timeline". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  8. ^ "University of Rhode Island". ROARMAP: Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies. UK: University of Southampton. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Draft NRHP nomination for University of Rhode Island Historic District" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "East Hall Turns 100". University of Rhode Island. January 7, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2016. The 100th anniversary of the official opening of East Hall on October 15, 1909, was celebrated on October 15, 2009
  11. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017: USA". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. July 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Best Colleges 2017: National Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. September 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "2016 Rankings - National Universities". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  16. ^ "Best Global Universities Rankings: 2017". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  17. ^ Fall 2017 Campus Highlights, University of Rhode Island, Office of Institutional Research.
  18. ^ Wheaton, James Lucas; Vangermeersch, Richard G. J. (1999-09-01). University of Rhode Island. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738502144.
  19. ^ "Peter Courtney faces challenge for re-election". Statesman Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  20. ^ "Rhode Island : Tom Garrick Resigns as Women's Basketball Head Coach". March 9, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  21. ^ "Whitehouse's 'secret weapon'? His wife, Sandra. by Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press". Retrieved June 16, 2012.

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