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University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

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Features

  1. 48 U.S. states, 76 nations; 25% of first years identify as students of color
  2. $902M investment in capital projects and improvements across four campuses
  3. For ten consecutive years, URI named to the Princeton Review’s Green Colleges

About This Campus

Welcome to the University of Rhode Island. We thank you for your interest and invite you to learn more about our innovative programs, distinguished faculty, and the welcoming community we call home. At our beautiful campus just minutes from the ocean, you’ll find a world of opportunities. We think big at URI—and we encourage our students to do the same.

Location Information

URI is located in the town of Kingston in the southern part of RI. It is located just a few minutes from beautiful beaches and the cities of Newport and Providence. It is easily accessible to travel to Boston (80 miles to the north) or New York City (160 miles to the south) by car, bus or train. The local area is rich in colonial history and monuments. The campus includes a quadrangle of old granite buildings surrounded by newer academic buildings, residence halls, and Greek-life houses.

2020/2021 Placement

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Host Payment (A)
Open
Home Payment (B)
Closed

2021/2022 Placement

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Host Payment (A)
Excellent
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

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Location | Kingston
Population | 30,639
Enrollment | 17,637
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/08-12/22
Spring | 01/24-05/11

Campus Diversity

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White | 71%
Black | 5%
Hispanic/Latino | 10%
Asian | 4%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 6%

Academics

-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs
Nursing, Pharmacy.

Limitations
Business and Engineering are limited. Clinical and practical lab courses, such as nursing, pharmacy and education are limited to URI students only.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Oceanography - Our nationally recognized program is a leader in ocean instrumentation and robotics, underwater acoustics, marine hydrodynamics and tsunamis, coastal modeling, marine geomechanics, coastal and offshore structures, and offshore power generation. Our students balance rigorous fundamental courses with practical laboratory and field experience utilizing our coastal location, a 100-foot wave tank, an acoustic tank and a 42-foot research vessel.Physics and Physical Oceanography B.S. Physics The Bachelor of Science in Physics and Physical Oceanography program is unique in the entire United States. It is jointly offered by the Physics Department and the Graduate School of Oceanography. Students in this program are optimally prepared for graduate studies in oceanography. The B.S. in Geology and Geological Oceanography has two options: Geology Track Geological Oceanography Track It is designed for students with an interest in earth, environmental or oceanographic science careers or affiliated fields such as environmental law and earth/environmental science education. Geoscientists are employed by three segments of the economy: private, government and academia. Opportunities exist with private companies in environmental protection and management and the petroleum industry has again begun to hire significant number of geologists.
  • Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design - Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of fashion with a degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD). Classes focusing on textiles and the fashion business are complemented with supporting course work in marketing, consumer behavior, sustainability, technology, innovation, and creative skills. This comprehensive course of study will give you a deep understanding of the development, buying, promotion, and selling of apparel and home furnishings. You’ll also gain a full understanding of the global textile and apparel supply chain—from design to the consumer. So, while you can focus your degree on a specific part of the supply chain, you will know them all, and you’ll be equipped to communicate with experts in the fashion world outside your area of concentration. This degree, which offers three concentrations—in fashion merchandising, apparel design, and textile science—serves as a bridge between theory and practice, providing a tremendous opportunity for hands-on learning. Program highlights include internships, study-abroad opportunities, and dual degrees with a “fashion” language (Italian or French). The Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design is endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association. https://web.uri.edu/business/about/tmd/
  • Marine Sciences - URI will lead the new $94 million NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute to support ocean exploration, responsible resource management, improved scientific understanding of the deep sea and to strengthen the nation’s Blue Economy. “…The Blue Economy [is] expected to more than double its contribution to the U.S. economy and employ 40 million people by 2030….NOAA’s new cooperative institute will be on the front lines helping NOAA explore and characterize the 3 billion acres of U.S. ocean territory… The Marine Biology Program involves over 200 students in the B.S. Marine Biology degree program, which is administered by the Department of Biological Sciences. Most of our students are from out-of-state – from 15 states (including Florida, Texas, California, and Hawaii) each year, and from around the world (Germany, Phillipines, India, Netherlands, Mexico, China in the past several year. The Marine Affairs B.A. is an interdisciplinary study of the effective marine and coastal management. Subject areas include management of fisheries and marine ecosystems, coastal management, and maritime transportation and ports. The B.S. program puts a heavier emphasis on science and mathematics, with specialty areas that include: fisheries and marine ecosystems, coastal management, maritime transportation and ports, and ocean policy. This degree provides a strong educational background for continued study in law—especially environmental, fishery, coastal zone, admiralty, and ocean law.
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Science B.S. - The Aquaculture and Fisheries Science program at URI is one of the oldest aquaculture programs in the northeastern United States. The program is designed to prepare you for academic, professional, or technical careers focused on the use and conservation of aquatic animals by humans. The program not only allows students to graduate with a stronger focus on aquaculture or fisheries depending on their career interests, but also to complement this solid foundation with a variety of complementary skills that are directly applicable to the job market (e.g. scientific diving, handling of small boats, business management, entrepreneurship, economics, policy, oceanography, environmental sciences, etc.) through targeted offerings from our program and many other programs at URI. https://web.uri.edu/favs/aquaculture-and-fisheries-technology/

Unique Academic Programs

  • Global Language and Area Studies: Arabic Studies, Classical Studies or Japanese Studies - The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Global Language and Area Studies (GLAS). Students studying in the GLAS major choose one of three tracks: Arabic Studies, Classical Studies, or Japanese Studies. The Global Language and Area Studies B.A. is designed to allow you to emphasize either language learning or area studies knowledge. The major begins with an introductory course, requires a minimum of four semesters of language, at least one area studies course, and concludes with a project-based capstone that gives you a chance to show off what you have learned about the language and the region. All majors are expected to reach Novice High in their focus language on the ACTFL scale–though most will reach much higher than this–and all will gain a working knowledge of the culture, history, or religion.
  • Landscape Architecture B.L.A - URI’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) degree is a four-year, 126-credit program, fully accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program is designed to prepare you for professional careers in public and private practice. URI offers the only accredited BLA program in the state of Rhode Island, and one of only a handful in New England. Employers seek out our graduates because they know they’ve had high quality training, and in-depth experience. At URI, landscape architecture means building better communities. It encompasses issues like environmental sustainability, coastal resiliency, and the many other complex problems caused by the effects of people and land coming together, including climate change. Here you’ll work with real-world clients to learn how to design for sustainable communities, protect coastal areas, establish culturally and environmentally sensitive landscapes, and much more.
  • NonProfit Administration B.S. - Nonprofit organizations embody all that is right and just, forging a way for people to work together for a common good and transform beliefs into actions. Leaders of nonprofit organizations face important and complex challenges every day to strengthen the social sector. The Nonprofit Administration program will help you to develop the knowledge and professional competencies to address important social needs, mobilize community support, and build satisfying careers in the nonprofit and public sectors. This program will help you gain critical skills that will improve your ability to increase the effectiveness, sustainability, and social influence of organizations in the not-for-profit sector. Courses are held at the Feinstein Providence Campus. https://web.uri.edu/ceps/academics/nonprofit-administration/curriculum/

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel/Fashion Design
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Arabic
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child Care
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classical Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Data Processing
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Family Studies
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • Health Administration
  • Health Education
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Development
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Literature
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Risk Management
  • Russian
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Women and Gender Studies

Conditions

Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/23/20.
  • Estimated cost: $7358.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 19 ($538 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19 ($538 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/23/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $200 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $170 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Transcript Fee $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: A course fee may be charged for certain undergraduate courses. Tier I fees are $25, Tier II fees are $55, and Tier III fees are $75 (per course). Please refer to https://web.uri.edu/enrollment/costs/ for further information.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003414

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/23/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 38% living on campus
  • Double: $4410
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $550-1300
  • Proximity to campus: varies
Notes About Housing
While there are many housing options on-campus, we cannot guarantee that you will have the accommodation of your choice. Our staff will work to secure on-campus housing for all visiting students. We can guarantee on-campus housing for students who follow the application process and meet deadlines. Most students will be assigned to a triple-room occupancy residence hall. Details on assigned housing will not be confirmed until one month prior to the start of the semester. For students pursuing off-campus housing may view properties at https://commuters.apps.uri.edu/property/. Please note that public transportation is limited for off-campus housing.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
There are three different meal plan options for students living on-campus. The room/meals amount listed is the average cost for meals at URI. There are seven meal plans available to students who are living off-campus. Please view the options at https://web.uri.edu/dining/commuters-meal-plan-options/

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/23/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2635 Year Plan A & B Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Fall only rate is $891.00
You can either use the plan offered by URI, or request a waiver if you already have comparable coverage. Starting in Fall 2020, you will also have the option to enroll in a dental plan through URI. https://web.uri.edu/healthservices/insurance/
To submit a waiver if you have comparable health insurance, please visit https://web.uri.edu/healthservices/insurance/health-insurance-waiver/

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
N/A

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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