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University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI


About This Campus

URI is located in the town of Kingston in the southern part of RI. It is located just a few minutes from beautiful beaches and the cities of Newport and Providence. It is easily accessible to travel to Boston (80 miles to the north) or New York City (160 miles to the south) by car, bus or train. The local area is rich in colonial history and monuments. The campus includes a quadrangle of old granite buildings surrounded by newer academic buildings, residence halls, and Greek-life houses. Chartered in 1888, URI began as the state agricultural school, but today it has expanded to a major research organization. Divided into ten colleges offering over 80 undergraduate majors. Fields of particular interest and strength at URI include marine affairs, business and engineering.

Location Information

To learn more about Rhode Island, please visit http://web.uri.edu/about/

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Kingston
Population | 30,639
Enrollment | 17,604
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/04-12/21
Spring | 01/22-05/08

Campus Diversity

White | 71%
Black | 5%
Hispanic/Latino | 9%
Asian | 4%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 6%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs
Nursing, Pharmacy.

Business and Engineering are limited. Clinical and practical lab courses, such as nursing, pharmacy and education are limited to URI students only.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Oceanography - Our nationally recognized program is a leader in ocean instrumentation and robotics, underwater acoustics, marine hydrodynamics and tsunamis, coastal modeling, marine geomechanics, coastal and offshore structures, and offshore power generation. Our students balance rigorous fundamental courses with practical laboratory and field experience utilizing our coastal location, a 100-foot wave tank, an acoustic tank and a 42-foot research vessel.Physics and Physical Oceanography B.S. Physics The Bachelor of Science in Physics and Physical Oceanography program is unique in the entire United States. It is jointly offered by the Physics Department and the Graduate School of Oceanography. Students in this program are optimally prepared for graduate studies in oceanography. The B.S. in Geology and Geological Oceanography has two options: Geology Track Geological Oceanography Track It is designed for students with an interest in earth, environmental or oceanographic science careers or affiliated fields such as environmental law and earth/environmental science education. Geoscientists are employed by three segments of the economy: private, government and academia. Opportunities exist with private companies in environmental protection and management and the petroleum industry has again begun to hire significant number of geologists.
  • Textile Design - At URI, design is just the “D” in TMD. If you’re into forensics, archaeology, or inventions for better healthcare, you’ll like the “T” too. Inside the textile testing laboratory, you can work with internationally renowned textile chemist Martin Bide, who has developed a synthetic arterial bypass graft and a revolutionary wound dressing combining infection resistance with blood clotting agents.
  • Marine Sciences - URI will lead the new $94 million NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute to support ocean exploration, responsible resource management, improved scientific understanding of the deep sea and to strengthen the nation’s Blue Economy. “…The Blue Economy [is] expected to more than double its contribution to the U.S. economy and employ 40 million people by 2030….NOAA’s new cooperative institute will be on the front lines helping NOAA explore and characterize the 3 billion acres of U.S. ocean territory… The Marine Biology Program involves over 200 students in the B.S. Marine Biology degree program, which is administered by the Department of Biological Sciences. Most of our students are from out-of-state – from 15 states (including Florida, Texas, California, and Hawaii) each year, and from around the world (Germany, Phillipines, India, Netherlands, Mexico, China in the past several year.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Peace Studies
  • Leadership Studies

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel/Fashion Design
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child Care
  • Child Development
  • Classical Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Family Studies
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Health Education
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Development
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Literature
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Nutrition
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Risk Management
  • Russian
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Women and Gender Studies


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 06/04/19.
  • Estimated cost: $7300.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 19 ($510 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19 ($510 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/04/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Technology Fee $150 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $170 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Communication Fee $90 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Transcript Fee $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Student Services Fee $550 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Registration Fee $30 Semester Plan A Mandatory

Important Notes: All students are charged the Health Insurance fee. If a student has comparable insurance, there is the opportunity to waive this fee. There may be additional course fees which are dependent on the specific course. Please refer to https://web.uri.edu/enrollment/costs/

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003414

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/04/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 38% living on campus
  • Double: $6344 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $300-700
  • Proximity to campus: varies
Notes About Housing
While there are many housing options on-campus, we cannot guarantee that you will have the accommodation of your choice. Our staff will work to secure on-campus housing for all visiting students. Important: Although housing options are limited, we guarantee that you will have on-campus housing if requested on time. Most students will be assigned to a triple-room occupancy residence hall. Details on assigned housing will not be confirmed until one month prior to the start of the semester. For students pursuing off-campus housing may view properties at https://commuters.apps.uri.edu/property/

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
There are three different meal plan options for students living on-campus. The room/meals amount listed is the average room/meals at URI. Please view the options at https://web.uri.edu/dining/mealplans/

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/04/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2443 Year Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,443 per year.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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