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

Facilities: The University of Rhode Island now has two different athletic facilities to provide every student with an opportunity to better themselves in terms of their physical health. The University's library is a fantastic place for students to research their respective projects or papers, as well as an excellent place to study for various exams. The campus itself is a very beautiful place, and is very large, which I find very pleasing.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love everything about the University of Rhode Island. The classes provide such difficulty to ensure that you are in the correct major and field of study. I have a lot of friends who very early on figured out that their certain major was not for them, which allowed them to switch majors without being behind in their classes.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: For being in a very secluded area, there are a lot of things to do on campus. The student union has a lot in it and we have two athletic centers and an ice rink I believe.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Probably the costal lockation and being such a large university in the smallest state. Also, URI is known for its Bio and marine studies program.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Many student centers and almost everything is conveniently located so you do not have to travel very far.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 471st
    Greenest Campuses
  • 777th
    Best Library
  • 1008th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1199th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1225th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anthony aRusso
Johnston, RI
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URI has a lot to offer students, and they have just about everything they need within walking distance. The Union is one of the most popular places for students on campus. Since there is a high volume of commuters at URI, it is a good place to go during downtime and in between classes. Residents also enjoy and benefit from all that the Union has to offer. Students can get food, play games, get their hair done, join or learn about student organizations, or just hang out, all in one building. Most students who live on campus do not need to go off campus to find what they are looking for because just about everything is accessible through campus facilities. The Emporium is another place that has a lot of stores and eateries for students to enjoy. Since the URI campus is in a somewhat remote area, it is essential that URI has a variety of things available for students in order to keep them coming back.

The campus has a lot of cool attractions, like the Ryan Center, which holds a lot of sporting events and concerts. Also, the gym is a great retreat for students who have some extra time and want to work out. Overall, there are few complaints about the facilities and activities on campus.


Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,245 acres
Student Centers
The Memorial Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Kingstown University Library
  • Kingstown University Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The "Reserves" at the library (the only place they allow students to talk and eat)
  • Dorm rooms and lounges
  • The Emporium
  • The Quad on nice days
  • The Student Union
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • 1930 Coffee House
  • Daily Grind coffee cart
  • In the Memorial Union
  • Reserves in the library
Movie Theater on Campus
There is no movie theater directly on campus. However, different organizations will sometimes hold movie nights where students are able to view movies for a discounted price. There are also movie nights on the quad when the weather is nice.
School Slang
  • `Gansett: Short for Narragansett
  • BISC: Biological and Science Center
  • Bonnet: Area for off-campus housing
  • The Butt: Butterfield Dining Hall
  • The Cigar: The school newspaper
  • Down the line: Refers to off-campus living, specifically Narragansett
  • E-Campus: Online class registration
  • The Ghetto: The older dorms down by the gym, Coddington, Burnside, Dorr, and Ellery
  • Hope: Hope Commons or Mainfare Dining Hall
  • New Eastward Look: Popular neighborhood for college kids
  • NK: North Kingstown
  • Old Eastward Look: Popular neighborhood for college kids
  • Projo: The Providence Journal
  • The Quad: A grassy area in the middle of campus
  • Ragin': Slang for partying/drinking
  • Rippin': Slang for partying/drinking
  • Ro-jo's: Roger Williams Dining Hall
  • SK: South Kingstown
  • The Union: The Student Memorial Union
  • WebCT: Site for the online classes
  • 12th Night: It is held on the 12th day of classes to welcome all students back to school by adding some fun into their busy schedules. The event is held in the center of campus, on the Quad. Games like bungee jumps and an air-walk obstacle course are set up. Students enjoy other activities like rock-wall climbing, jousting, a mechanical bull, and boxing. Student organizations and venders sell jewelry and other goods, and there is also a band to entertain students who were making their way to classes.
  • First Night: First Night is a tradition that freshmen get to experience. It is their welcoming to the school, and a lot of local attractions come out to show off their goods. It is held in the Memorial Union, and students can go and play games, win prizes, and meet new people. A lot of local eateries from the Emporium show up and give away free samples of their food. Each year, URI tries to top the previous year by adding some excitement. One time, they had a foam dance party. Kids were covered in soapy foam and dancing all night long. What will they have in store for us next year?
  • Freek Week: Freek Week was started by the Greek system. It is an annual event that invites new and interested students into joining a fraternity or sorority. The whole Greek system goes out and tries to recruit new members by inviting them to different social events and meetings.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming has been a long-running tradition at URI. Within the past few years, the excitement over Homecoming has died down. A few years ago, back when URI was a wet campus, Homecoming was the event to go to. Students would wake up early, get to campus, park their cars, and start tailgating. The parking lots would be filled with people, barbequing, drinking, and getting ready to watch the football game. Now that URI is a dry campus, no one tailgates. Students still show up to the game in high numbers and welcome back the alumni. There is a dance at the Union where the Homecoming King and Queen are announced.
  • Midnight Madness: Midnight Madness is a great sports tradition at URI. Every October, students flock to the Ryan Center to celebrate the beginning of the basketball season. It is a huge event that attracts more than just sports fans at URI. The celebration includes dance performances by the Flava Unit and the Ramettes. Comedians and hypnotists are also known to show up and entertain the crowd before the practice begins. The crowd really goes wild when the players are introduced by the coaches. This tradition is a great part of URI and the athletic department.
  • The Mob: The Mob is the university's group of super fans. They can be seen seated behind the visiting team's bench at all home basketball games at the Ryan Center. They paint their bodies, cheer loudly, heckle the visitors and get the rest of the fans fired up. During each home game, the leader of The Mob will run around the floor in front of the crowd and lead the wave. Anyone can join The Mob and be rowdy with them at the games. Some Mob members even travel to Atlantic City, N.J. every March for the Atlantic 10 Tournament to support the Rhody Rams on the road.
  • Oozeball: Oozeball is a fun time for all URI students. Every April when the weather is starting to get warmer there is an Oozeball tournament held at the Intramural Fields at the bottom of campus. Oozeball is basically volleyball, except it is played in the mud. Teams of 4-6 face of against each other in the muddy madness. The Oozeball Tournament is a big event at URI that lasts all day long.
Urban Legends
URI is not much of a place for urban legends. You may here tales of "the greatest party ever" every other weekend, or other anecdotes of collegiate fun, but no real urban legends. The closest thing to an urban legend on campus probably has something to do with the water in the Chafee Social Science Center. Many students steer clear of the water fountains (or `bubblers' if you're a real Rhode Islander) in Chafee because there have been stories of the water getting people sick. In reality, the water in Chafee is probably fine, but you might want to bring a bottle of water if you are superstitious.
Favorite Things To Do
Most students like to hang out at Union during the week. There are places to eat and games to play. There are pool tables and an arcade for students to enjoy. Kids will also just hang out on the Quad, which is just a grassy area in the middle of campus. On nice days, people will play Frisbee, sunbathe, or just relax. There are also special events held at URI. Plays are performed at the URI Theatre, guest speakers come, comedians perform, and concerts are held. During basketball season, everyone loves to go to the Ryan Center, show their Rhody spirit and support the team. There is always something to do on campus. In between classes, students will study at the library, meet with friends at the Union, workout at the gym, go shopping or grab something to eat at the Emporium. There are also a number of events going on throughout the days for students to check out. There are workshops on diversity, art exhibits, and concerts. Venders are also known to come to URI and set up "mini malls" to sell various items such as posters, jewelry, and clothes. Everything that is not on campus, like a bar or bowling alley, is just down the line in Narragansett.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
This is a sampling of the many student organizations available to URI students.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 62 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% First Night
  • 12% Sports Games
  • 12% Freek Week
  • 12% The Mob
  • 6% Parties
  • 6% Midnight Madness
  • 6% Homecoming
  • 6% Oozeball
  • 0% 12th Night

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 25% Get coffee
  • 15% Go to the gym
  • 15% Walk around
  • 15% Basketball
  • 10% Zumba
  • 10% Run
  • 5% Sing in my a'capella group
  • 5% Ping pong

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 72 responses

  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 26% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 47% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 22% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 71 responses

  • 7% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 28% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 8 responses

  • 46% The Quad on nice days
  • 23% Dorm rooms and lounges
  • 23% The Student Union
  • 8% The Emporium

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Adams Hall is haunted

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Dining Hall dish washer


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