New Student Programs

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Welcome to the University of Rhode Island!

Congratulations on your decision to attend The University of Rhode Island. I am sure you have many questions concerning registering for classes and starting your experience at URI. This website seeks to provide you with answers. Please be sure to read it in its entirety. We hope you will connect with us on Social Media – click here for more info!

Orientation Programs-Registering for Classes & Learning about Campus Life:

If you currently live outside the United States, you must contact us during the month of June to register for your fall courses. University College for Academic Success advising staff offer telephone, Skype, and email advising appointments during the month of June. Advisors will help you to register for courses, to understand the general education program, and to make a connection with an advisor in your chosen major. To schedule an appointment, contact the Office of New Student Programs by e-mailing or calling 1-401-874-5927.

If you currently reside in the United States, contact New Student Programs at or 1-401-874-5927 for information about our June orientation program.

Additionally, we collaborate with the Office of International Students & Scholars to offer a pre-semester Welcome Week Orientation program for students who are unable to attend the early summer programs described above, which includes pick-up services at airport or train station. The Welcome Week Orientation program is required. Please visit for more details and to register.

Attending the Welcome Week Orientation program is important for many reasons. During this program, you will:

  • Review and adjust your fall classes with an academic advisor;
  • Meet other students in your major;
  • Gain a better understanding of what it means to be a part of the URI community;
  • Make new friends and have fun;
  • Learn about co-curricular opportunities;
  • Validate your username and password for e-Campus and email account and secure your URI ID card
  • Learn about special needs and interests, such as Disability Services, Honors Programs, leadership development programs, community service, and athletics;
  • Utilize free airport or train pick-up (only if choosing the Welcome Week option)
  • Receive free transportation to a shopping mall to buy any essential items

Issues of Immigration and Cross-Cultural Transition

The Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) will host an orientation program in late August to discuss specific immigration policies that will impact your studies, employment, travel and other life choices while in the U.S. Refer to the ISS website for updates regarding the location and time of this event.

English Language Studies

The English Language Studies (ELS) Program at URI works to meet the unique needs of students who are non-native speakers of English. Credit-bearing courses and support services are offered in order to enhance students’ overall academic success and, in some instance, can count for general education requirements. For more information about all the ELS at URI go to

Meeting your Peers- Using Social Media

Visit our social media page for ways to connect to your peers and the University . Go to

 Additional Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of New Student Programs website also has additional resources and information you may find helpful. Please visit us at and let us know if you have any concerns or questions (1- 401-874-5927 or

Please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars directly at if you have questions regarding the pre-semester Welcome Week and pick-up services.

We welcome you to the URI community.

Some other links you may find helpful include:

Office of International Students and Scholars

Academic Information:

  • Academic Advising Resources

Rhode Island Dept. of Motor Vehicle:

  • Obtaining a Rhode Island Driver’s License
  • Registering a vehicle in Rhode Island

Local Financial Institutions:

Health Services:

  • Information on required immunizations and insurance


  • Information on room assignments, building layouts, dining

Multicultural Organizations:

Directions to Kingston Campus:

Accommodations near Kingston Campus:

Orientation 2014

Already been accepted and submitted your deposit? Register for Orientation 2014

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