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University of Rhode Island Data & Information Overview

297 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
76% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Rhode Island Ranked?

#320 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in RI
Health Sciences & Services Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 297 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health sciences & services.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked URI as #320 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when URI held the #502 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

URI is also ranked #4 out of 9 schools in Rhode Island.

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Is It Hard to Get Into URI?

76% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
30% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Rhode Island is 76%. 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 30% 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 550 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 550 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 540 to 640 )
URI received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Rhode Island  ( 25 to 30 )

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University of Rhode Island Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
69% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, University of Rhode Island is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 69%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  69 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Rhode Island

85% Freshmen Retention
52% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At URI the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 52%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  52 out of 100

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

University of Rhode Island Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,712 Full-Time Undergraduates
22.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,904 undergraduates at URI with 12,712 being full-time and 2,192 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Rhode Island Cost?

$18,638 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
$41,420 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of URI is $18,638. 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 +
$12,175 $13,601 $18,131 $22,796 $26,551

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At URI, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $10,355 a year. That adds up to $41,420 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at URI is 4.3%. 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?

$66,484 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
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 $66,484 in their early years. That's great news for URI students since it is 56% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of University of Rhode Island

Rhode Island State
12,712 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
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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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

91 Majors With Completions
3,897 Undergraduate Degrees
841 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 91 majors graduated from University of Rhode Island. Of these students, 3,897 received undergraduate degrees and 841 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 349 $68,484
General Psychology 259 $29,448
General Biology 196 $36,120
Communication & Media Studies 176 $35,256
Health & Physical Education 158 NA
Health Sciences & Services 149 NA
Business Administration & Management 138 $50,450
Human Development & Family Studies 124 $31,594
Computer Information Systems 124 $57,309
Criminology 115 NA

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

37% Take At Least One Class Online
6% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 6,527 students took at least one online class at University of Rhode Island. This is a decrease from the 15,661 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 6,527 1,023
2019-2020 15,661 3,855
2018-2019 3,960 646
2017-2018 3,779 724
2016-2017 3,752 739

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.


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