Why URI?

At URI, our tradition of innovation sets us apart. We think big, designing new majors in response to the world’s evolving needs, offering interdisciplinary minors, unique double majors, and international programs that are world renowned.

The University of Rhode Island offers you a welcoming community, a beautiful campus near the ocean, and countless options for creating the future of your dreams. 

You’ll love our location.

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URI was named #3 in Best Value College’s list of the “30 Most Beautiful Coastal College Campuses” in the nation. The beach is just minutes away and a big part of our history, culture, and everyday life. It’s also fun.

You’ll work with the best.

As a research university, URI offers you the opportunity to work alongside distinguished faculty on a range of projects—whether you study wildlife in the field or pursue biomedical research in the lab.

You’ll join the real world.

More than 7,000 URI students do internships each year, and many of them have two or more off-campus, hands-on experiences during their college years. That’s what we call a competitive advantage.

You’ll do the right thing.

Community and service go together at URI, and they’re part of our culture—whether you build a house, do something about hunger in your community, or find another way to help.

You’ll have major choices.

URI offers you major choices for an evolving world. Majors in green business, kinesiology, and Chinese. Minors in underwater archeology, cyber security, and leadership studies. You choose.

You’ll get around.

URI invites you to expand your worldview—with 800 study abroad programs in 81 countries, our International Engineering and International Business programs, J-Term, and summer programs. Experience a semester in Cuba.

Think Big We Do

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