Diversity

Location
Kingston, RI
Undergrads
11,923
Tuition (in-state)
$28,016 ($12,450)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: URI is a white prodominent school but I believe a lot of schools in the upper portion of our continent are. There are major diverse groups, and clubs for people who are part of the LGBTQ community. There are also Mulit-Cultural Organizations on campus so groups of people do not feel left out of there school. I think the challanges we have is that ethnic people feel like they cannot speak to white students and vise versa. This is not for all students but I do feel like it is a problem.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students are white. However there is diversity. Theres numerous groups for diversity and international students. I personally have a friend from Kuwait. Its really cool meeting different types of people from all over. All my friends are from all over new england, New jersey, New York, even Cali and Maryland.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Maybe people from very different backgrounds both culturally and individually

4 College Student

Diversity: On this campus there is not a lot of diversity but everyone here is very welcoming so you will feel welcomed no matter what ethnic background you are.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus provides many outlets for students to express themselves. One of my favorites is Diversity Week which is held in the beginning of the fall semester every year. There are events and speakers and workshops to attend to learn more about the cultural and ethnic diversity on campus. Many of these are held at our Multicultural Center. It really allows students to see beyond their social circle and understand how many vibrant and wonderful people we have in our community.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anthony aRusso
Hometown
Johnston, RI
Major
Journalism
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Diversity is not a major part of the URI student body, but there are a variety of races, ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic classes that attend URI. Students are not afraid to promote and show their pride for all their differences. Although the campus may not be that diverse, there are a lot of organizations that promote awareness and educate people about differences. Diversity Week is a great example of this. Students get the chance to experience an event outside of their normal everyday life, which is important in the understanding of social, moral, and physical differences.

Even though URI is not an overwhelming diverse university, it is very accepting of different cultures. Minorities should not feel threatened or intimidated by the large Caucasian population on campus. Students are open-minded and fair in their attitudes toward diversity. URI and the surrounding community are unprejudiced in their thoughts on diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
7%
International
0%
Native American
0%
White
70%
Unknown
13%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
52%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 36%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 20%
25+: 9%
Female Faculty
44%
Male Faculty
56%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 8%
Native American: 1%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The acceptance of gays is growing at URI due to certain organizations’ awareness and education. Diversity Week is held each year, which is a workshop of different events that promote diversity, including homosexuality. There are also student organizations such as Students for Social Change and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Association (GLBTA) for all students to join. The Rainbow Diversity house is a living community that gives students the opportunity for social change by living, taking classes, and participating in programs in a diverse environment.
Political Activity
Rhode Island is, for the most part, a Democratic state. Most students and staff members are pretty liberal in their political views. Protests are occasionally held, and most students are usually passive towards political views. Students are concerned, but they are not outspoken.
Economic Status
URI is mostly middle-class students. There is little poverty in the surrounding communities and most out-of-state and in-state students are able to afford tuition.
Most Common Religions
URI is not known as a hot bed of religious activity, but many students do come from a religious background. There are a lot of Catholic students and Jewish students. Other common denominations on campus are Protestant and Episcopalian.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are some minority student organizations at URI. The Asian Student Association conducts community services and other social events. Hillel is a center for Jewish life that explores and develops Jewish identity. Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA), Latin American Students Association (LASA), Native American Students Association (NASA), Cultural Italian American Organization, Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR), and an NAACP URI chapter all deal with race and ethnicity.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 75 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 75 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 31% Not sure
  • 23% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 75 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 74 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 75 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 37% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 52% Very accepting.

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