University of Rhode Island
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. 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 University of Rhode Island is the State’s public learner-centred research university. They are a community joined in a common quest for knowledge. The University is committed to enriching the lives of its students through its land, sea, and urban grant traditions. URI is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university. Their undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, research, and outreach serve Rhode Island and beyond. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are united in one common purpose: to learn and lead together.
The University of Rhode Island is the state’s flagship public university. It is a small, beautiful place and their location inspires students and faculty to learn and discover daily. Their campus makes people happy. You can breathe here. You can think here. You can do your best work here. And whatever you choose to study at URI, you’ll be prepared to make your mark on the world. URI is a major research centre set amid 1,200 acres in Kingston and 200 acres near Narragansett Bay. Located on the east coast between New York City (3 hours by train) and Boston (1 hour by train), URI is home to 13,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Their international students represent over 58 countries. URI offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D.’s and professional degrees in their eight academic colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration (AACSB accredited), Engineering (with ABET accredited programs), Environment & Life Sciences, Human Science and Services, Nursing, Pharmacy and the Graduate School of Oceanography.
At URI, their tradition of innovation sets them apart. They think big, designing new majors in response to the world’s evolving needs, offering interdisciplinary minors, unique double majors, and international programs that are world renowned. The University of Rhode Island offers you a welcoming community, a beautiful campus near the ocean, and countless options for creating the future of your dreams. The main campus of the University of Rhode Island is located in Kingston, 30 miles south of Providence, 75 miles from Boston, and 160 miles from New York City. R.I. Route 138, which connects with Interstate Route 95 ten miles to the west, passes through Kingston.
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