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Diversity: Good diversity if that is what you are into. Good amount of blacks, Latinos, and religious people.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is good. People are accepting and there are never problems.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have dorms based on sexual preferences and it is openly accepted by most students at the school. We interact and learn from each others differences and views.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have never heard of anyone having problems because of their religion, ethnicity, sexuality or anything like that. If there was a problem, I am sure that the school would handle it.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: URI is literally a melting pot.


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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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 17 responses

  • 94% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 6% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 81 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 21% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 79 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 30% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 82 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 83 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 17 responses

  • 82% No
  • 6% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 12% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 17 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 24% Democratic
  • 29% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 35% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 16 responses

  • 75% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 6% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 6% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 12% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 47% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 47% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 12% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 19% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 69% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 80 responses

  • 52% Very accepting.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.


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