University of Rhode Island

Last updated

University of Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island seal.svg
Former names
Rhode Island College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (1892–1909)
Rhode Island State College (1909–1951)
MottoThink Big. We Do.
Type Public flagship land-grant research university
EstablishedMay 19, 1892;129 years ago (1892-05-19)
Accreditation NECHE
Academic affiliations
Land-grant, Sea-grant, Space-grant
Endowment $163.6 million (2020) [1]
President Marc Parlange
Provost Donald H. DeHayes
Administrative staff
675 full time
Students17,064 (Spring 2019) [2]
Undergraduates 14,027 (Spring 2019) [2]
Postgraduates 2,780 (Spring 2019) [2]
Location, ,
United States
CampusRural, 1,254 acres (5.07 km2)
Colors Keaney Blue, White & Navy Blue
Nickname Rams
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
Atlantic 10 Conference
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
Mascot Rhody the Ram
Website www.uri.edu
University of Rhode Island logo.svg

The University of Rhode Island (URI) is a public land-grant research university with its main campus in Kingston, Rhode Island, United States. It is the flagship public research as well as the land-grant university of the state of Rhode Island. Its main campus is located in the village of Kingston in southern Rhode Island. Satellite campuses include the Feinstein Campus in Downtown Providence, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence's Jewelry District, the Narragansett Bay Campus in Narragansett, and the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich.

Contents

The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in 80 undergraduate and 49 graduate areas of study through nine academic schools and colleges. These schools and colleges include Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Professional Studies, Engineering, Health Sciences, Environment and Life Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Oceanography. Another college, University College for Academic Success, serves primarily as an advising college for all incoming undergraduates and follows them through their first two years of enrollment at URI. The university is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". [3] As of 2019, the URI enrolled 14,653 undergraduate students, 1,982 graduate students, and 1,339 non-degree students, making it the largest university in the state. [4] [5]

History

The University of Rhode Island was first chartered as the state's agricultural school and agricultural experiment station in 1888. The site of the school was originally the Oliver Watson Farm in Kingston, whose original farmhouse is now a small museum. In 1892, the school became known as the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. [6] The first class had only seventeen students, each completing their course of study in two years. In 1909, the school's name was again changed to Rhode Island State College as the school's programs were expanded beyond its original agricultural education mandate.

In 1951 the school was given its current title through an act of the General Assembly following the addition of the College of Arts and Sciences and the offering of doctoral degrees. The Board of Governors for Higher Education, appointed by the governor, became the governing body of the University in 1981 during the presidency of Frank Newman (1974–1983). The Board of Governors was replaced by the Rhode Island Board of Education in 2013, [7] and by a 17-member Board of Trustees in 2019.

In 2013 the faculty adopted an open-access policy to make its scholarship publicly accessible online. [8]

Presidents

Twelve individuals have served as president of the University of Rhode Island. Marc B. Parlange is the current president, having served since August of 2021. [9]

Main campus

URI's main campus is located in northern South Kingstown, and is accessed via Rhode Island Route 138 from either the west (Interstate 95) or east (United States Route 1). The campus was mostly farmland when it was purchased by the state in 1888, and still includes the c. 1796 Oliver Watson Farmhouse. The early buildings of the campus are set around its main quadrangle, and were built out of locally quarried granite. The campus master plan was developed by the noted landscape architects Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot in the 1890s. The central portion of the campus, where most of its pre-1950 buildings are located, [10] was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

Academics

Academic rankings
National
ARWU [12] 182–190
Forbes [13] 444
THE/WSJ [14] 401–500
U.S. News & World Report [15] 170
Washington Monthly [16] 151
Global
ARWU [17] 801–900
THE [18] 601–800
U.S. News & World Report [19] 774

URI is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. [20] The student-faculty ratio at University of Rhode Island is 16:1, and the school has 43.1% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Rhode Island include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Psychology, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; and Health-Related Knowledge and Skills, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84%. [21]

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks URI tied for 170th overall among 389 "national universities" and tied for 83rd out of 209 "top public schools" in 2021. [22]

Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks URI for 51-75 globally for ''Oceanography'' in 2021. [24]

Admissions

The average incoming freshman at the Kingston campus for the fall of 2017 had a GPA of 3.54 and an SAT score of 1178 (out of 1600) (with ACT scores converted to SAT scale). [25]

Student clubs

URI has 18 club sports teams consisting of around 600 athletes. Club sports the school offers include tennis, equestrian, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, field hockey, wrestling, crew, gymnastics, lacrosse and sailing, amongst others. These teams travel and compete against other intercollegiate programs in the country. URI also has 20+ intramural sports, including volleyball, badminton, dodgeball, and soccer. The intramural sports allow students to compete in tournaments and games with other students on campus. [26]

URI also has over 300 student organizations and clubs including marching band, the Marine Science Society, SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance), Ether(bound), Anime Club, musicians guild, We're Offering Women Wisdom (WOWW), Puppy Raisers, and Alima International Dance Association. [27] The university's student newspaper, The Good Five Cent Cigar, was founded in 1971. [28]

Athletics

URI Athletics Logo Rhode Island Rams logo.svg
URI Athletics Logo
University of Rhode Island Rams Football at Meade Stadium Meade Field Panorama.JPG
University of Rhode Island Rams Football at Meade Stadium

The University of Rhode Island competes in 16 intercollegiate sports. [29] The university is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

The Rhode Island Rams men's basketball competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference, and has appeared in the NCAA "March Madness” Tournament a total of 10 times since its first appearance in 1961. Two of these ten appearances occurred during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. [30] [31]

Athletic facilities include the Ryan Center, Keaney Gymnasium, Meade Stadium, Mackal Field House, Tootell Aquatic Center, Bradford R. Boss Arena, URI Soccer Complex, Bill Beck Field, and URI Softball Complex.

Quadrangle on an early September evening at University of Rhode Island. URIQuad.jpg
Quadrangle on an early September evening at University of Rhode Island.

Off campus living

While 5600 students live in the 25 on campus residence halls, thousands more opt to commute from the surrounding area. [32] Narragansett, an abutting town to Kingston, is made up of hundreds of summer vacation homes which are rented to students for the academic year.

Notable alumni

Notable University of Rhode Island alumni in politics and government include Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (B.Sc. 1981), [33] 38th mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza (B.Sc. 1998), [34] and governors of Rhode Island Lincoln Almond (B.Sc. 1959) and J. Joseph Garrahy (1953).

Notable graduates in journalism and media include CNN correspondent John King (B.A. 1985), [35] CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour (B.A. 1983), and CBS correspondent Vladimir Duthiers (B.A. 1991).

Among URI's alumni in the arts and entertainment are actors J. T. Walsh, Peter Frechette (B.F.A.), and Amanda Clayton.

Notable graduates in business and finance include billionaire Ben Navarro (B.Sc. 1984); former president of American Airlines, Robert Crandall (1960); and former CEO of CVS, Thomas Ryan (1975).

Notable faculty

See also

Listen to this article (2 minutes)
noicon
Sound-icon.svg
This audio file was created from a revision of this article dated 11 December 2005 (2005-12-11), and does not reflect subsequent edits.

Related Research Articles

Brown University Private university in Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Brown is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Providence College American private university in Rhode Island

Providence College is a private, Catholic university in Providence, Rhode Island. With a 2019 enrollment of 4,367 undergraduate students and 523 graduate students, the college specializes in academic programs in the liberal arts.

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College (RIC) is a public college in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1854, it is the second oldest college in Rhode Island, after Brown University. Located on a 180-acre campus, the college has a student body of 9,000: 7,518 undergraduates and 1,482 graduate students. RIC is a member of the NCAA and has 17 Division III teams.

Suffolk University

Suffolk University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. With 7,560 students, it is the eighth largest university in metropolitan Boston. It is categorized as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It was founded as a law school in 1906 and named after its location in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The university's notable alumni include mayors, dozens of U.S. federal and state judges and United States members of Congress.

University of Illinois Chicago Public university in Chicago

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) is a public research university in Chicago, Illinois. Its campus is in the Near West Side community area, adjacent to the Chicago Loop. The second campus established under the University of Illinois system, UIC is also the largest university in the Chicago metropolitan area, having more than 33,000 students enrolled in 16 colleges. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity."

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is a public research university in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It is the southernmost campus of the University of Massachusetts system. Formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, it was merged into the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.

University of Portland Private Catholic university in Portland, Oregon, USA

The University of Portland (UP) is a private Catholic university in Portland, Oregon. It was founded in 1901 and is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which also founded UP's sister school the University of Notre Dame. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 students.

Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University (SCU) is an Australian public university, with campuses at Lismore and Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales, and at the southern end of the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Marquette University Private university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Marquette University is a private Jesuit research university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Established by the Society of Jesus as Marquette College on August 28, 1881, it was founded by John Martin Henni, the first Bishop of the diocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Alpert Medical School Medical school of Brown University

The Warren Alpert Medical School is the medical school of Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island. Established in 1811, the school is the third oldest medical school in New England.

Lincoln Almond American attorney and politician

Lincoln Carter Almond is an American attorney and politician who served as the 72nd Governor of Rhode Island from 1995 to 2003. A member of the Republican Party, he previously was the United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island from 1969 to 1978 and again from 1981 until 1993.

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is a private university with its main campus in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded as a business school in 1914 by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales, JWU currently has 12,930 graduate, undergraduate, and online students across its campuses. The university is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

Milwaukee School of Engineering

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is a private university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The campus includes 22 acres (0.089 km2) in the East Town neighborhood of downtown Milwaukee. The school's enrollment of 2,820 includes 224 graduate students. As of Fall 2018, the university has a total of 138 full-faculty with over 33% who are women. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15-to-1.

Rhode Island Rams Intercollegiate sports teams of the University of Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Rams are the athletic programs of the University of Rhode Island, based in Kingston, Rhode Island, United States. The Rams compete in the NCAA's Division I as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The football team, however, competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision, as the A-10 does not sponsor football. The program's athletic director is Thorr Bjorn.

Providence, Rhode Island Capital of Rhode Island

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. One of the oldest cities in the United States, it was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a Reformed Baptist theologian and religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Salve Regina University Private university in Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Salve Regina University (Salve) is a private university in Newport, Rhode Island founded in 1934 by the Sisters of Mercy. The university is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and enrolls more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students annually.

Loyola University Chicago is a private Jesuit research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1870 by the Society of Jesus, Loyola is one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States. Loyola's professional schools include programs in medicine, nursing, and health sciences anchored by the Loyola University Medical Center. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".

William DeWitt Metz was an American historian specializing in Rhode Island History. He served as chairman of the Department of History at the University of Rhode Island, retiring after 45 years at the university in 1982. He was especially noted for promotion of heritage conservation and historical preservation activities throughout Rhode Island.

Jorge Elorza American law professor and mayor of Providence, Rhode Island

Jorge O. Elorza is an American law professor and mayor of Providence, Rhode Island. He defeated former mayor Buddy Cianci in the 2014 mayoral election and on January 5, 2015 was sworn in as mayor of the city.

References

  1. As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. 1 2 3 "Final Enrollment Reports" (PDF). University of Rhode Island. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  3. "Carnegie Classifications Institution Lookup". carnegieclassifications.iu.edu. Center for Postsecondary Education. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  4. "Facts". uri.edu.
  5. "The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)". U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  6. Rice, M.A., S. Rodrigues and K. Venturini. "Philosophical & Institutional Innovations of Kenyon Leech Butterfield and the Rhode Island Contributions to the Development of Land Grant and Sea Grant Extension". Century Beyond the Campus: Past, Present, and Future of Extension A Research Symposium to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act September 24–25, 2014, West Virginia University. Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Sep. 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2017.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. Associated Press (March 11, 2013). "New RI Board of Ed meets for first time". Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  8. "University of Rhode Island". ROARMAP: Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies. UK: University of Southampton . Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  9. "University of Rhode Island history and timeline". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  10. "Draft NRHP nomination for University of Rhode Island Historic District" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  11. "East Hall Turns 100". University of Rhode Island. January 7, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2016. The 100th anniversary of the official opening of East Hall on October 15, 1909, was celebrated on October 15, 2009
  12. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020: National/Regional Rank". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  13. "America's Top Colleges 2019". Forbes . Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  14. "Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2021". The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education . Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  15. "2021 Best National University Rankings". U.S. News & World Report . Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  16. "2020 National University Rankings". Washington Monthly . Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  17. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 2020. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  18. "World University Rankings 2021". Times Higher Education . Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  19. "2021 Best Global Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report . Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  20. Rhode Island Institutions – NECHE, New England Commission of Higher Education , retrieved May 26, 2021
  21. 1 2 "University of Rhode Island Academics". U.S. News & World Report .
  22. "University of Rhode Island Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  23. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 "URI's Graduate School Rankings". U.S. News & World Report .
  24. "2021 Global Rankings of Academic Subjects". Shanghai Ranking .
  25. Fall 2017 Campus Highlights, University of Rhode Island, Office of Institutional Research.
  26. "Athletics and Recreation". uri.edu.
  27. "Student Organizations - University of Rhode Island". studentorg.apps.uri.edu.
  28. "Women lighting the way for The Good 5-Cent Cigar". today.uri.edu. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  29. "Athletics and Recreation". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  30. "University of Rhode Island - NCAA.com". www.ncaa.com.
  31. "General - Story Archives". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  32. "Facts" . Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  33. Fenton, Josh. "URI Scrambles As General Flynn's Ties to QAnon Come Under Greater Scrutiny". GoLocalProv. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  34. Rogerson, Kate. "URI Alum: Jorge Elorza, Mayor of Providence | The Good 5 Cent Cigar" . Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  35. "John King, CNN's chief national correspondent, analyzes election results for viewers in front of the "Magic Wall." (Photo courtesy of CNN)". Westerly Sun. Retrieved February 22, 2021.

Coordinates: 41°28′51″N71°31′33″W / 41.48071°N 71.52580°W / 41.48071; -71.52580