University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island Admissions and School Information

The University of Rhode Island main campus is found in Kingston, RI, with three other sites found in Narragansett, West Greenwich and Providence. The university offers certificates, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in areas including nursing, engineering, pharmacy and business administration.

General Information about the University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is the state's largest university and serves 16,000 students, including 13,000 undergraduates in its seven colleges. There are more than 100 undergraduate and 80 graduate degree programs available to students. The University of Rhode Island's pharmacy and engineering programs are the only ones offered within the state. The university's most popular majors include business, communications, engineering and education.

Founded in 1888 as the state's agricultural school, the university went through several name changes, with the General Assembly settling on the name of the University of Rhode Island during the early 1950s. In 2009, SmartMoney magazine ranked the university as 15th in the nation for best return for the investment. The results were tabulated comparing the cost of tuition to the graduates' earning power.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Potential students must send in their high school transcript, a list of courses taken during senior year, completed application and fee, ACT or SAT scores, recommendation letters and essays. Students transferring from other schools need to send a completed application and fee, high school and college transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and recommendation letters. Transfer students also must possess a 2.5 grade point average, at least. Also, those seeking enrollment in the nursing or pharmacy programs are encouraged to apply early, as these colleges fill quickly.

University of Rhode Island Colleges

College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college at the University of Rhode Island, with 4,400 students who partake in 43 undergraduate and 15 graduate programs. The college offers a multitude of departments, including the school of natural sciences and mathematics, communication, social sciences, the fine arts and humanities. The school of communication claims the second-most popular undergraduate major, communication studies, with more than 750 earned annually.

College of Business Administration

Established in 1923, the College of Business Administration today has an enrollment of 1,700 undergraduate and 70 graduate students. The college receives its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is a distinction achieved by only 15% of institutions that teach management education. The popular undergraduate majors include accounting and marketing while graduates seek out a Master of Business Administration.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering caters to 1,300 students, 200 of which are graduate students. All of the college's students have access to its nationally acclaimed International Engineering Program. The program was designed more than 20 years ago and offers five-year, dual degree programs in engineering and one of the following languages: Spanish, French, German or Chinese. Students travel abroad during their fourth year of school to spend six months at a partner university where they take engineering courses in the native language.

College of Environmental & Life Sciences

The College of Environmental & Life Sciences encourages its undergraduate and graduate students to learn in the classroom and in the field. There are more than 30 outreach and research programs offered to students. Undergraduate degrees offered include geosciences, microbiology, nutrition and dietetics, marine affairs and clinical laboratory science. Graduate degrees, offered both as master's and doctoral degrees, consist of cell and molecular biology, biological sciences and environmental sciences.

College of Human Science & Services

The College of Human Science & Services has more graduate degree programs than undergraduate, with nine to seven. To fulfill their undergraduate degree requirements, those who enroll in the college are required to partake in supervised field work. This allows students to apply what they've learned in the classroom to real-life situations, such as in public schools and childcare or medical centers. The university works in conjunction with Rhode Island College to offer a doctoral degree program in education for the College of Human Science and Services.

College of Nursing

Founded in 1945, the University of Rhode Island's College of Nursing offers bachelor's, master's and two doctoral nursing degrees. The undergraduate nursing degree is the most popular out of all degrees, with 800 degrees awarded annually. Those enrolled in the college have the option of the first-year living and learning community, where nursing students can all live within the same vicinity of a dormitory.

College of Pharmacy

The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy attracts numerous students from the Eastern part of the country, since it is the only pharmacy program in the state. Students can choose from bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees in the college. The college also offers joint programs with the College of Business Administration, or students can strive for a Doctor of Pharmacy with a Master of Science degree. Students seeking to study abroad can earn a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Arts in French, which includes two rotations at a hospital in Rennes, France.

Contact Information

  • Address: 14 Upper College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881
  • Phone Number: (401) 874-1000