About the University of Rhode Island
School Website: https://web.uri.edu/
The University was chartered as the state’s agricultural school in 1888. The Oliver Watson farm was purchased as a site for the school, and the old farmhouse, now restored, still stands on the campus. The school became the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1892, and the first class of 17 members was graduated two years later.
The Morrill Act of 1862 provided for the sale of public lands. Income from these sales was to be used to create at least one college in each state with the principal purpose of teaching agriculture and mechanic arts. From this grant of land comes the term “land grant,” which applied to the national system of state colleges. In a later adaptation of the concept, federal funds given to colleges for marine research and extension are called “sea grants.”
In 1909 the name of the college was changed to Rhode Island State College, and the program of study was revised and expanded. In 1951 the college became the University of Rhode Island by an act of the General Assembly. The Board of Governors for Higher Education appointed by the governor became the governing body of the University in 1981.
The Centennial Scholarship is a merit award for outstanding freshman applicants. Centennial Scholarships are renewable each semester as long as you maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 credits per semester) and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Go here to learn more about the Centennial Scholarship.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form completed by undergraduate and graduate students to determine if they are eligible for federal student aid.
Go here to learn more about the FAFSA.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is a merit-based scholarships offered by the University of Rhode Island to two-year college students entering URI as members of Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society.
Transfer Merit Scholarship
The Transfer Merit Scholarship Program was established to reflect the Universityâ€™s commitment to rewarding academic excellence. Consideration for the transfer merit scholarship is given to students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement, at previous College(s) attended.
Go here to learn more about the Transfer Merit Scholarship.
Most financial aid at the University of Rhode Island is awarded to students on the basis of demonstrated financial need. When your financial aid application is being reviewed, you are considered for all types of financial assistance: grants, loans, and employment.
Go here to learn more about Financial Aid opportunities.
Finding Your Personality
Discovering your personalities and qualities will help you achieve greater success in the future. Review the following resources for more information.
Enhancing Academic Skills
Your academic skills consist of study habits, reading, writing, note-taking, and communication skills. Improving these skills will boost your performance in college and your remaining high school education. The following sources provide addition information.
Entrance exams are typically required in the admissions process. Check with each university you are interested in and be sure to take the correct exam. The following links provide additional information.
Preparing for a college education can be quite challenging. Be sure to read the following resources to facilitate the process.
- Collegeboard.com – Starting Points
- Selectingcolleges.com – Start Planning Now
- Gettingreadyforcollege.org – College Prep Timeline
- Collegezone.com – College Bound Checklist
Exploring Career and Major Options
When preparing for college, it is a good idea to research and observe different careers and majors available. Even if a student has already determined what their future might be, something else might become interesting!
Transition from High School to College
There is a large difference between a high school education and a college education. Knowing how to transition smoothly allows more concentration on the academics and a greater chance of succeeding.
We are pioneers in interdisciplinary studies and encourage you to enhance your education through internships, double majors, and study abroad. We also have a dedicated advising college to help you navigate your way and stay on track to meet your goals.
- Freshman – Go here to learn more about Freshman Admission.
- International Students
- Transfer Students – Go here to learn more aboutTransfer Student Admission.
- Visiting – Go here to learn more about Visiting URI.
Go here to learn more about Undergraduate Admission.
Special Programs for Talent Development at URI was founded in 1968. As a response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, URI decided to provide a special opportunity to students of color and students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the University. From a first class of thirteen students in 1968, Talent Development has grown to over seven-hundred strong.
Go here to learn more about Talent Development at URI.
At the University of Rhode Island, our approach to education prepares you to succeed while you’re here and after you graduate. We invite you to pursue more than a degree. We encourage you to take advantage of hands-on learning experiences, internships, study abroad, and so much more.
- Undergraduate Population: 13,000
- Graduate population: 3,000
- 80 majors
- 30 honor societies
- Faculty to student ratio: 19 to 1
The Honors Program at the University of Rhode Island offers learning enrichment opportunities that broaden and enhance your undergraduate educational experience. The Program features small classes with outstanding faculty, a nationally renowned honors colloquium, national scholarship advising, and in-depth study and research with faculty mentors. All major national scholarship competitions are available to Honors students. Honors at URI offers a community of students and faculty dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education.
Go here to learn more about the URI Honors Program.
The University of Rhode Island Department of Athletics and Recreation offers 22 intercollegiate sports (12 women and 10 for men) and 17 club sports programs. Rhode Island is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and NCAA Division I (Division I-AA for football). Here are some helpful links.
The URI Division of Student Affairs fosters students’ individual and interpersonal development, contributing to their success as learners both in and out of the classroom by:
- Creating a diverse, safe, and supportive community;
- Empowering students to become effective citizens and leaders;
- Celebrating achievements and independence