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University Honors Program

Honors Housing

For students interested in living with other Honors students, the Honors Program sponsors a Living-Learning Community (LLC) in Garrahy Hall, an apartment-style residence hall located on-campus at the corner of Flagg Road and Heathman Road. Housed on the fourth floor of Garrahy Hall, the Honors LLC offers apartment-style housing to a limited number of Honors students in their sophomore year and above.

The Honors floor is co-ed and includes eight 5-bedroom apartments, one 4-bedroom apartment, and one 10-bedroom suite. All units include living rooms and bathrooms, and all the apartments also include a kitchen. (The 10-bedroom suite does not have a kitchen and therefore requires its residents to have a Resident Meal Plan.) Please review the information below for the amenities and costs associated with each type of unit.

Like the Honors Program itself, the Honors LLC is home to students from different colleges and majors across the university, but who all share an interest in pursuing academic opportunities, including completing the Honors Program. Although students may also have classes together, the Honors LLC is conducive to students getting to know each other beyond the classroom walls. Students may form study and academic support groups, spend time in their shared lounge, and attend LLC-sponsored programs. As in other residence halls on campus, a Resident Advisor (RA) also lives on the floor and helps foster a civil, respectful, inclusive, and healthy residential community.

Students interested in living in the Honors LLC can complete an online application in the early spring. (The application process for 2014-15 housing is now closed.) Late applications will not be accepted, as the timeline is short in order to ensure that students know their Honors housing status before the general housing application opens.

Eligibility Criteria

Students who can answer “yes” to the following questions are eligible to apply to live in the Honors LLC:

  • Have you completed at least one Honors class, or are you currently enrolled in your first Honors class?
  • Do you currently have a URI GPA of 3.30 or higher?
  • Will you be a sophomore or above next year? (Honors does not have housing for incoming students or current freshmen, but current freshmen can apply to live in Honors housing for their sophomore year.)
  • Do you intend to complete the Honors Program? (Continued involvement in the Honors LLC is contingent on making progress towards Honors Program completion.)
  • Have you lived on campus this year?*

*Per university policy, the Honors LLC is open to students who have lived in an on-campus residence hall in the current academic year (e.g., Fall 2013 and/or Spring 2014) or who have been abroad in the current academic year but lived on campus the spring prior to their departure (e.g., Spring 2012, then away Fall 2013-Spring 2014). Although the LLC is unfortunately unable to accommodate students currently commuting or otherwise living off-campus (including the IEP House and Greek houses), we encourage students to explore alternative arrangements and meet other Honors students who may also wish to explore these options.

Please also note: All students in the Honors LLC must meet these eligibility criteria. Due to limited space, we are not able to accommodate requests from students who do not meet these criteria, even if requesting to live with an Honors student who does meet them.

Selection Criteria

The Honors Program conducts a holistic review of every application submitted. Among students who meet the eligibility criteria, the program considers a number of factors, including but not limited to: your current class year and relative progress towards Honors Program completion, why you are interested in living in the Honors LLC, and your URI GPA.

Students currently living in the Honors LLC must reapply on an annual basis if they wish to continue living in the LLC. Current residents who wish to continue living in the LLC are not automatically accepted and are also evaluated holistically.

In addition, the Honors Program makes every effort to accommodate any requests provided by students on their applications, including preferences to live in a unit with/without both genders, to live in a unit with specific people, and/or to make accommodations for disabilities or other special circumstances. Requests to live with specific people must come from all involved individuals, and each individual’s application will be evaluated independently prior to roommate requests being considered.


The Honors LLC is open during all school vacations (including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break).

All units have:

  • Single occupancy bedrooms (108-110 sq.ft.), each furnished with a non-loftable double bed, an armoire, a bureau, a desk, and a desk chair
  • Furnished common areas
  • Air conditioning
  • Wireless internet
  • Cable TV
  • IP telephone

All apartments (4- and 5-bedroom) have:

  • Two private bathrooms
  • Private kitchen (URI Meal Plan is not required!), complete with stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, double-sink, and cabinet space for storage

The suite (10-bedroom) has:

  • Four private bathrooms
  • No kitchen: A URI Meal Plan is required for residents living in the suite.


Please visit the Department of Housing and Residential Life web page for detailed information about housing rates and policies. For the 2014-15 academic year, the costs are as follows:

  • 4-bedroom apartment (with kitchen): $4,644 per student per semester
  • 5-bedroom apartment (with kitchen): $4,577 per student per semester
  • 10-bedroom suite (no kitchen): $4,332 per student per semester (Note: Cost of required Meal Plan not included.)

Students living in the 10-bedroom suite are required to purchase a University Resident Meal Plan. Please visit this Dining Services web page for more information on the levels of Resident Meal Plans offered. Students living in the 4- and 5-bedroom apartments, although not required to purchase any form of meal plan, can also explore options available through Dining Services, e.g., a Flex Meal Plan.

Application Timeline

The application opens by March each year and remains open for a short period of time in order to ensure that students are notified of their Honors housing application status prior to the general housing registration process in April. If offered a space in the Honors LLC, in order to accept students must agree not to participate in the general housing application process.

Because space is limited, and the likelihood of being offered a space depends on the number of applications received each year, Honors encourages students to also explore alternative housing arrangements. Please visit these Housing and Residential Life web pages for a summary of on-campus housing options, as well as other housing options. To help facilitate your housing plans, please rest assured that you will know the status of your Honors LLC application before the general housing process opens.

The application process for 2014-15 housing is currently closed.


Please direct any questions to Caitlin Green, Program Specialist, at urihonors@etal.uri.edu.


Typical Floor Plan:



Pictures of Garrahy Hall:

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Contact Us

General inquiries:

Honors Director:
Lynne Derbyshire, 401.874.4732

Associate Director:
Cheryl Foster, 401.874.4022

Associate Director:
Carolyn Hames, 401.874.2813

Assistant Director:
Kathleen Maher, 401.874.5875

Program Coordinator:
Deborah Gardiner, 401.874.2303

Program Specialist:
Caitlin Green, 401.874.9483

Honors Lecturer/Advisor:
Nancy Caronia, 401.874.2267

Pre-Health Lecturer/Advisor:
Brian Clinton, 401.874.2576


Morgan Breene, '14, an Anthropology and History major who earned a highly prestigious Marshall Scholarship to continue her studies of underwater archaeological sites in the UK. (Watch this short video to learn more!)

Alyssa Neill, '14, a Nutrition & Dietetics major and Honors student was one of only 61 juniors nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship in 2013. Selected for her academic achievement, leadership ability and commitment to a career in public service, Alyssa received a $30,000 scholarship for graduate study, attended a Truman leadership institute, and has joined the ranks of a global network of Truman Scholars.

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