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4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a great basketball team! A lot of people go to the games. Football is disappointing, our team is mediocre and not many people go. Track is really good.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: not many people go to sporting events, no spirit

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4 College Senior

Athletics: The University is very Sport oriented and has lots of school spirit. Most of the games for Football and Basketball are free admission for students and others have to pay that do not attend URI.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There are many people who are into sports. You can see the people jogging around campus and know that they are into athletics. Also, people attend games to support our teams.

2 College Junior

Athletics: The sports at the school are basically a joke. While the games are fun to attend, a lot of the teams (I won't say who) honestly just can't play well.


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Athletics are an important aspect of college life to a lot of URI students regardless of whether they are players or spectators. Even though games may not be selling out in the box office, students do show their support. Rhode Island has a lot of pride, and this little state has a lot of big dreams. Many of the sports facilities are newer, like the Ryan Center and the Boss Ice Arena, which will hopefully attract more people to the games and get them more excited about URI sports.

The men’s basketball team brings a lot of excitement and energy to campus. The team plays in the very competitive Atlantic 10 Conference and plays in the beautiful and fan-friendly Ryan Center. Basketball games are loud and intense—all students are encouraged to come to the games and be as loud as possible. There is even a student organization called “The Mob” that attends all the games and specializes in heckling the visiting team. Basketball games are the best place to be loud, sing the URI fight song, and show your Rhody pride. However, the basketball team is not the only team to cheer for on campus—hockey, baseball, and softball games, and even track meets are always a fun time.


Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference
School Colors
Keaney blue and white
School Nickname
The Ram
Men Playing Varsity Sports
212 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
227 - 4%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 77
Basketball: 23
Baseball: 20
Cross Country/Track: 42
Other Sports: 155
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 55%
Basketball: 57%
Baseball: 56%
Cross Country/Track: 67%
Other Sports: 70%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Crew (men's)
  • Equestrian
  • Hockey (men's and women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bill Beck Field
  • Boss Ice Arena
  • Keaney Gymnasium
  • Mackal Field House
  • Meade Stadium
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • Ryan Center
  • Tootell Aquatic Center
  • URI Soccer Complex
  • URI Softball Complex
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's baseball and women's tennis
School Spirit
Rhode Island has a lot of pride, and school spirit is something that encourages students. One of the first things that new students learn when they come to URI is the fight song. "We're Rhode Island born, and we're Rhode Island bred, and when we die we'll be Rhode Island dead, so go go Rhode Island, Island U-R-I!" Students are forced to sing it with enthusiasm, and it really gets everyone going. Most students are proud to be at URI and you can always find someone wearing school sweat shirts, pants, and T-shirts. Students know how to show their spirit when it counts most.
Getting Tickets
All URI students get free admission to all home games with a valid student ID. Students can easily get tickets right before a game. Some Basketball games, like the annual in-state rival game against Providence College, sell tickets a lot quicker, so students that want to attend should line up very early.
Best Place to Take a Walk
South County bike path

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 47% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 106 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 31% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 42% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 105 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 66% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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