Kingston, RI
Tuition (in-state)
$28,016 ($12,450)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 College Freshman

Academics: I have looked up all my teachers and they all have very good ratings.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm currently undeclared, so I'm not sure.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors at the University of Rhode Island are exceptional. They honestly do care about students learning and understanding the material. The workload can be heavy at times depending on the amount of classes and involvement activities, but it is doable. There are several areas to study at on campus that I take part in.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a Biological Sciences major following the Pre-Med track there are a plethora of students who share the same future goals as me. I have become friendly with them and they help motivate to get work done. In my program, there are professors and classes that are excellent. There are so many opportunities in this field as well.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: the academics allow you to flourish! i didn't try much in high school but my classes were so interesting it made me want to open my book, go to class and now i'm on the Deans List! if your struggling your professor will help you out, meet with you one by one and raise your grade after you show you deserve it. the professors are so amazing here.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 369th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 612nd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1110th
    Best Course Variety
  • 1136th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 1182nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anthony aRusso
Johnston, RI
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Teachers are an important aspect in everyone’s academic career. Since URI is a pretty big school with around 14,000 undergraduate students, classrooms range in size. Students will find themselves in lectures with more than 500 students, classrooms with less than 20 students, and everywhere in between. Some agree that it is harder to get to know and like a professor in a large lecture setting, but within a smaller classroom setting, there’s more of an opportunity to build a personal student-teacher relationship. Every student is different and needs to figure out what setting works best for them. However, no matter how big the class is, every teacher makes an effort to be available for all students. Teachers encourage students to go to their office hours and correspond through e-mail—some even give out their home phone numbers and/or cell phone numbers. In college, it is up to students to contact their teachers in order to figure out how to improve their studies. 

Most professors are strict about attendance, especially in smaller classes. Make-up exams are only allowed in serious situations, but everything is debatable. Overall, teachers at URI are here to teach. One of the most frustrating things that students deal with is not being able to get into the classes they need. Many students aren’t able to graduate in four years because they fall behind in classes or don’t take enough credits each semester—15 credits each semester will get you to graduation on time. Taking four to six years to graduate is not uncommon for most URI students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 34%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 58%
  • 50 or More Students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Continuing Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environment and Life Sciences
  • College of Human Science and Services
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Oceanography
  • College of Pharmacy
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't get in the habit of taking naps.
  • Get to know your teachers.
  • Go to class.
  • Join a club, organization, or sport.
  • Keep up with the work.
  • Know all the classes that you need to take for your major.
  • Learn to manage your time.
  • Make as many friends as possible
  • Visit with your advisor frequently.
  • Watch where you park
Did You Know?
  • Are you undecided? URI offers around 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs so students are not limited in their studies.
  • URI has campuses at four different locations, including the Kingston Campus, Narragansett Bay Campus, Feinstein Providence Campus, and W. Alton Jones Campus. All students are eligible to take courses at these campuses, as well as having the option of taking some classes online.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 65 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 67 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 23 responses

  • 31% Robert D. Ballard (Ph.D.) - oceanographer, discovered Titanic
  • 31% Lamar Odom - professional basketball player
  • 24% Tom Ryan - CEO/president of CVS
  • 9% Christiane Amanpour - British-Iranian journalist
  • 4% Ross Kauffman - award-winning documentary filmmaker
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