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.
Faculty are the heart of any institution of higher learning, and that is particularly true at the University of Rhode Island. We are proud of the distinguished scholars and researchers who make up our faculty and of the excellence and commitment to their students they demonstrate in the classroom, laboratory, and in their role as mentors and advisors.
As the principal public research institution in the state of Rhode Island, URI houses leading research facilities that are as varied as our programs of study. For details of facilities used by each of our programs, please visit the website of the college or department in which you are interested.
The strength and expertise of our researchers and programs of scientific inquiry attract more than $85 million each year in research funding from federal and state agencies, foundations, and commercial firms.
The graduates are powerful and inspirational reminders of the most important outcome of the University’s work: The education of people who are better prepared and empowered to pursue their hopes and aspirations, and to do so with respect, understanding, and appreciation for others.
Between the Quad and the athletics complex – with its gymnasiums, athletic fields, tennis courts, and aquatic center – our students learn and live in state-of-the-art, environmentally award-winning academic buildings. About 6,000 undergraduates live in range of student residence halls, and fraternity and sorority houses.
The Libraries serve the knowledge and information needs of the University community and the general public. You can find information, get research assistance, or study at the Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons in Kingston or at our two branch locations: the College of Continuing Education Library in Providence and the Pell Marine Science Library at the Narragansett Bay Campus.
Of course URI is fully networked, with classroom media support services, multi-media development services, and instructional support provided by URI’s office of Information Technology Services (ITS). In our residence halls, students have access to both wired and wireless internet service, and all general-purpose classrooms are equipped with multi-media equipment and wireless support.
From the rolling farmlands and surrounding forests to the ocean and coastal watershed to the state’s capital city, University of Rhode Island students may learn from faculty in some extraordinary environments.The main campus is located in the historic, rural town of Kingston, a few miles from Rhode Island’s beautiful beaches, just 30 miles south of the metropolitan city Providence, and close enough to New York and Boston for easy get-togethers with friends. At the center of the 1,200 acre Kingston campus is everyone’s favorite place to hang out, study, play frisbee and enjoy New England’s foliage—the grassy (or snowy in the winter) quadrangle.
The University of Rhode Island is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, certain courses and programs of study have been approved by national accrediting agencies.