University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

The main campus of the University of Rhode Island is located in Kingston; there are three other locations in Providence, Narragansett, and West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Learn about the school's financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at the University of Rhode Island.

Is the University of Rhode Island the School for You?

Located just 10 miles from the Eastern Seaboard, the University of Rhode Island (URI) opened in 1890 and offers over 80 undergraduate programs. The school's 1,245-acre campus is located in the suburb of Kingston in the nation's smallest state. This public 4-year college operates on a semester-based calendar. Read the facts below to determine if the University of Rhode Island is the school for you.


  • Acceptance rate is 22.2 percentage points higher than the national average for 2011
  • Endowment grew by 15% from 2010 to 2011
  • Accepts AP and dual credit


  • Average student debt upon graduation was $3,727 higher than the national average for 2011
  • Total cost for in-state students living on campus was $8,193 higher than the national average for public 4-year institutions in 2011-2012

Rankings & School Analysis

According to U.S. News and World Report, the University of Rhode Island ranks 147th on their list of best national universities. Additionally, the Princeton Review added them to its list of 220 'Best Northeastern Schools' in 2012, despite also ranking the school highly in the categories of 'administrators and professors get low marks' and 'students study the least.'

With more than 80 undergraduate programs, the school gives you many degree options to choose from. URI also meets or slightly exceeds the national averages for graduation rates and student-to-faculty ratios, according to 2011 data obtained from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). The school also saw 15% growth in its endowment between 2010 and 2011, which means that the school received a greater number of donations or its investments showed positive returns.

The University of Rhode Island's total cost of attendance, average student debt, and acceptance rate figures are all slightly higher than the national average. The total costs for tuition, fees, room, and board were higher than the national average for 4-year public schools by $8,193 for in-state students and $11,696 for out-of-state students. This may explain why the average debt amount was $3,727 higher than the national average in 2011, according to the College Board. However, with an acceptance rate that is considerably higher than national average, you may find that it is easier to get into this school than other comparable options. Additionally, the school accepts dual and AP credits.

Getting in and Financial Aid at the University of Rhode Island

The acceptance rate at URI was 86% in 2011, but only 18% of those admitted enrolled; thus, if you're wait-listed, you may still have a chance of getting in. To apply for regular decision admission, you need to submit your application by February 1st; for early action, you're required to apply by December 1st. In both cases, you're required to submit the common application, along with a $65 fee, official high-school transcripts, a list of senior courses, official SAT or ACT scores, an essay, and a recommendation letter.

URI participates in New England's Regional Student Program, which offers discounted tuition to New England residents who select certain majors. This brings tuition costs for qualifying students closer to in-state amounts. According to U.S. News and World Report in 2011, 92.4% of students applied for need-based aid and 68.5% had their full need met. URI's website states that if you submit your FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 1st, you will have a better chance of receiving consideration for grants and scholarships, which, according to the College Board, comprised 52% of aid awarded to undergraduates in 2012-2013.

Admissions and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) February 1**
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013) March 1**
Admission Notification Date (2013) March 31**
Application Fee (2013)$65**
Acceptance Rate (2011) 86%***
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $11,384, in-state; $27,454, out-of-state***
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012-2013) $15,701*
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012-2013) 68.5%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $30,387*
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 5.5%***

Student Life at the University of Rhode Island

According to the NCES, total student enrollment at the University of Rhode Island was 16,317 in 2011. The undergraduate population is comprised mainly of Caucasian students (71%) and of students less than 24 years of age (90%). The College Board reported that 91% of first-year students lived on campus; on-campus housing options include coed, apartment-style, wellness, and theme housing. Special housing for disabled students is also available.

To meet your extracurricular interests, URI has nearly 20 NCAA Division I teams and over 100 campus organizations. Some of the many activities you can get involved with include band, drama, radio or TV production, Greek life, student government, and dance.

The University of Rhode Island was originally founded as an agricultural college, and it is still home to a renovated farmhouse that has been part of the Kingston campus for more than 100 years. Other notable facilities include a planetarium, animal science farm, aquaculture center, human performance laboratory, inner space center, and center for robotics research. Libraries at URI include a main library on the Kingston campus, a continuing education library on the Providence campus, and a marine library on the Narragansett campus.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large suburb***
Student Population (2011) 13,219 undergraduates, 3,096 graduate students***
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 45% male, 55% female***
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 88%***
% of In-State Students (2011) 57%***
% of International Students (2011) 0%***
Retention Rate (2011) 82%***
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Undergraduates Living on Campus (2012-2013) 44%*
Number of Libraries 3**
Extracurricular Activities Over 100 campus clubs, 20 NCAA I teams****
Noteworthy Animal science farm, planetarium, center for robotics research**

Sources: *College Board, **University of Rhode Island, ***NCES College Navigator, ****U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, Newman Hall, 14 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881
  • Phone: (401) 874-7100