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University of Rhode Island: Narrative Description


Kingston, RI 02881
Tel: (401)874-1000
Admissions: (401)874-7100
Fax: (401)874-5523
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of Rhode Island State System of Higher Education. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1892. Setting: 1,200-acre small town campus. Endowment: $39.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $39.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5654 per student. Total enrollment: 14,749. Faculty: 706 (675 full-time, 31 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 13,110 applied, 70% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 89% from top half. Full-time: 9,673 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 1,724 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 39% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 14% 25 or older, 39% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; personal/miscellaneous services. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange, New England Land Grant University Exchange Program. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations, interview. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 12/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early action. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $4680 full-time, $195 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $16,266 full-time, $678 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2072 full-time, $62 per credit part-time, $48 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $7810. College room only: $4434. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 85 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 13% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Entertainment Committee, student radio station, intramural sport clubs, Student Alumni Association, student newspaper. Major annual events: Family Weekend, Homecoming, Spring Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Option: coed housing available. University Library plus 1 other with 1.2 million books, 1.7 million microform titles, 7,926 serials, 11,671 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.8 million. 552 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The quiet village of Kingston was founded about 1700. Some of the many interesting houses here date from pre-Revolutionary days. Community facilities include churches of all faiths, a museum, art center, hospitals, and numerous major civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations. Recreational activities include boating, fishing, golf, skiing, and summer theatre. International and deep-sea yacht races are special events. Many part-time jobs are available.

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