Retired Special Academic Opportunities Post

Honors Program. (See Honors Program section of this catalog.)

Marine and Environment-Related Programs. Interest in marine science and oceanography at the University dates back to the mid-1930s. Over the past three decades, this strong emphasis on marine studies has extended to environmental topics, developing into an array of undergraduate programs in the natural, physical, and social sciences.

There are dozens of majors with a marine or environmental focus, especially within the College of Engineering and the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. Several of the majors are offered jointly with the Graduate School of Oceanography, which also offers undergraduates a minor in oceanography (see “Interdepartmental Minors“).

Undergraduates are encouraged to explore opportunities at the Narragansett Bay Campus for active participation in the oceanographic sciences. Juniors and seniors may spend an entire semester at the University’s Bay Campus pursuing their individual marine interests, for which they receive full academic credit. They work as part of a research team in the laboratory and in the field under the direct guidance of the Graduate School of Oceanography faculty.

Working with academic advisors, students can identify their majors and select the courses best suited to their individual academic objectives and career goals.

Military Science and Leadership (Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps or “ROTC”). Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC) is one of the nation’s top leadership programs. For details, see the College of Arts and Sciences within this catalog or visit

New England Land-Grant Student Exchange Program. Students with special academic interests can take advantage of the talent and resources available at the region’s state universities without having to become a degree candidate at another institution. Under a cooperative agreement, URI students can study for one or two semesters at the other New England land-grant institutions if they wish to take a course, a sequence of courses, or part of a program not available at URI. Students participating in this program pay their normal URI tuition and fees and maintain their status as URI students. Advisors and members of the University College for Academic Success staff have more information about this program and its requirements.

Rhode Island Interinstitutional Exchange. Full-time students matriculated at one of the public institutions of higher education in Rhode Island may enroll for a maximum of seven credits of their full-time schedule per semester for study at one of the other public institutions at no additional expense. Each institution will determine and maintain the integrity of the degree to be awarded. Students will be subject to the course selection process applicable at the receiving institution. Off-Campus Study and Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education Special Programs courses are not included in this program, nor are students who are taking courses only during Summer Session. Students interested in this arrangement should contact Enrollment Services.

Summer Sessions. The University provides a full range of undergraduate and graduate course offerings during two five-week sessions on the Kingston and Providence campuses. Courses begin immediately after Commencement and are offered during day and evenings as well as on-line. Summer intensives are offered at varying dates in the alternate session, and a number of special programs, including study in foreign countries, internships, and clinical placements, are available. Students may attend either or both campuses and enroll in any summer session. Students who are not matriculated at URI who are expecting to apply summer credit to their academic degree program are advised to obtain prior approval from their home campus before registering. Maximum course load is seven credits per summer session, including simultaneous courses in the alternate session. Exceptions are allowed with permission of the student’s academic dean.

Winter J-term Session. The University provides a unique range of undergraduate and graduate course offerings during the winter session. This mini-semester, approximately in the 3 week period between January 2 and the day before the spring semester begins, consists of credit-bearing courses that offer new value-added experiences to students not possible during standard semesters.  Examples may include but are not limited to: travel courses (domestic and international); gateway courses or modules to help students catch up; experiential learning opportunities, including student research, projects, service learning, and internships; high-demand laboratory and/or clinical courses; and popular general education or other existing courses. Maximum course load is 4 credits. Students who are not matriculated at URI who are expecting to apply Winter J-term credit to their academic degree program are advised to obtain prior approval from their home campus before registering. Federal financial aid is not available, however discounted tuition is offered. Registration occurs in the fall semester. Winter J-term courses will be shown on student transcripts. Students are not eligible to graduate in this Winter J-term session. However, students completing their final course during this session should confirm spring graduation eligibility with their Dean’s Office prior to registration.