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University of Rhode Island Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on University of Rhode Island? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors URI offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Rhode Island Ranked?

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of Rhode Island was awarded 64 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked URI as #416 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 9 colleges in Rhode Island, URI is ranked at #7.

See all of the rankings for University of Rhode Island.

Is It Hard to Get Into URI?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Rhode Island is 70%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that URI is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 87% of students accepted to URI submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 530 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 520 to 610 )
URI received ACT scores from 22% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 22 to 27 )

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University of Rhode Island Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Rhode Island, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Rhode Island is 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Rhode Island

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Rhode Island has a freshmen retention rate of 85%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at URI for first-time, full-time students is 44%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  44 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Rhode Island.

Good Overall Diversity at URI

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,778 undergraduates at URI with 12,485 being full-time and 2,293 being part-time.

URI Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for URI is 81.61 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  81.61 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Rhode Island Cost?

The overall average net price of URI is $20,334. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for URI

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,527 $15,690 $19,400 $23,658 $26,099

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of URI, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At URI, approximately 83% of students took out student loans averaging $6,606 a year. That adds up to $26,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at URI is 4.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do URI Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from URI with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $52,900 in their early years. That's great news for URI students since it is 33% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Rhode Island make the most money.

Location of University of Rhode Island

Located in Kingston, Rhode Island, University of Rhode Island is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Kingston makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of University of Rhode Island

Contact details for URI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Green Hall, 35 Campus Avenue, Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-1000

University of Rhode Island Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 86 majors graduated from University of Rhode Island. Of these students, 3,624 received undergraduate degrees and 852 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 376 $63,300
General Psychology 233 $30,400
Communication & Media Studies 215 $33,100
Health & Physical Education 142 NA
Health Sciences & Services 120 NA
Human Development & Family Studies 115 $29,000
Business Administration & Management 115 $45,600
Mechanical Engineering 112 $62,700
General Biology 97 $36,200
Economics 95 $35,000

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Rhode Island along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at URI

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 3,779 students took at least one online class at University of Rhode Island. This is an increase from the 3,752 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,779 724
2016-2017 3,752 739
2015-2016 2,918 540
2014-2015 5,935 237
2013-2014 5,299 225

Learn more about online learning at University of Rhode Island.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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