The University of Rhode Island has the intimate feel of a smaller university, but our thinking—and our research, innovations, and cross-discipline collaboration—is very big. At URI you’ll find some of today’s leading innovators, discoverers, and creative problem solvers offering a constant flow of big ideas to address global issues.
For example, as big changes are coming in health care and wellness, URI is ready for them. The University’s new College of Health Sciences includes a range of well-established majors and programs to address the growing need for well-prepared, broadly skilled professionals focused on health and wellness. In addition, URI’s unique Academic Health Collaborative features an array of disciplines that focus on human health, creating a unique space for interdisciplinary teaching, research and innovation you won’t find anywhere else. The College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the College of Health Sciences will make up the academic core of the Collaborative.
In addition to the traditional majors you’d expect at a state flagship university, here you find distinct interdisciplinary programs that blend such disciplines as languages with textiles, engineering with business, pharmaceuticals with engineering, and archaeology with marine sciences engage URI students in real-life, problem-solving initiatives. From developing new technologies for identifying and treating killer diseases, to the latest solutions for environmental challenges, to forensic sciences that protect against global and cyber terrorism, and more, the University of Rhode Island is prepared to help.
More than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students work side by side with more than 721 full-time, tenure-track teaching faculty, as well as with hundreds of dedicated lecturers, researchers, and adjunct faculty. We’re proud to be an increasingly international community, with students from all over the nation and world. The University has 122,598 alumni now living around the world.
Our graduates are powerful and inspirational reminders of the most important outcome of the University’s work: The education of people who are better prepared and empowered to pursue their hopes and aspirations, and to do so with respect, understanding, and appreciation for others.