The University of Rhode Island (URI) is a large, public institution with around 15,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. URI students have the option to pursue 92 bachelor's degree programs and 97 master's degree programs. The institution is considered a major research university, which ensures students are on the cutting edge of their field.
Overview of University of Rhode Island (URI)
Since nearly 50% of URI students come from out of state, it's clear that the school has much to offer in terms of academic excellence. However, students also have ample opportunities to broaden their horizons with campus activities. The Kingston campus offers an excellent recreation center for individual or team sports; the calendar is always full of culture and entertainment options, and there are even opportunities to have fun off-campus.
URI is an educational institution that makes all sorts of activities available to newcomers. Students often come to campus with a curiosity about a sport or activity and graduate with a new lifelong passion. Given URI's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, many students arrive from landlocked cities and towns but then leave with seasoned sea legs. Some even learn new club sports and graduate with a shelf full of trophies and countless fond memories.
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||17:1|
URI Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Considered But Not Required|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|Formal demonstration of competencies||Recommended|
|SAT/ACT||Considered But Not Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||February 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
URI Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
University of Rhode Island is an institution that delivers academic excellence to its students at a terrific discount relative to the private colleges that surround it. Rhode Island residents, in particular, are able to take advantage of a tuition discount available only to them. Rhode Island residents' gross price tag for classes, books, and other academic costs is only around $17,000. Non-residents, who comprise 48% of the student body, see a gross price tag of around $36,000.
Since students cannot live on intellectual stimulus alone, researchers looked at their living costs. Once room, board, and the various costs of student life were tallied, in-state students' gross costs didn't exceed $34,000. Non-residents likewise contained costs and didn't pay over $52,000, which is very competitive with private schools in New England.
The gross price of a URI education is only part of the story, however. Researchers looked into how the financial aid office was able to bring the cost down. Indeed, the average net price tag for a year at URI, including living costs, was slightly more than $20,000. For low-income households, the average net cost was a mere $13,000, and households that earn in excess of $110,000 saw a net average of $28,000.
|Average net price||2020-2021|
|Average Total Aid||$12,949|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||97%|
|Room & Board||$13,618|
- Tuition In-State - $15,332
- Tuition Out-of-State - $33,354
- Books and Supplies - $1,250
- Room & Board - $13,618
- Other - $2,496
New England is famous for many things, and educational excellence is at the top of the list. The University of Rhode Island is no exception. Our researchers were able to verify URI's reputation with hard data. To start, they reviewed URI's retention rate. This is a figure that measures how many first-time, full-time students returned to the Kingston campus for a second year. While many publicly funded universities don't score well on this metric, URI posted a jaw-dropping 85% retention rate.
When it came to graduation rates, our researchers were pleased to find great data. URI's students graduate at an overall rate of 70%. It can be assumed that many capitalize on their URI transcript to transfer, and graduate from, other excellent New England schools, including ivy league institutions.
This terrific success can be attributed to a number of factors. However, our researchers saw that the average class size at URI is only 17 students. For a school with nearly 15,000 undergraduate students, this is quite an achievement. Even first-year students are able to take their introductory courses in classrooms that provide them with ample access to their instructors.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||625 Total Graduates / 17%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||349 Graduates|
|Health and Wellness, General||148 Graduates|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders, General||65 Graduates|
|Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist||23 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||446 Total Graduates / 12%|
|Finance, General||100 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||89 Graduates|
|Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management||72 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||65 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||322 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Mechanical Engineering||93 Graduates|
|Civil Engineering, General||45 Graduates|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||43 Graduates|
|Chemical Engineering||41 Graduates|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering||32 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||283 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||162 Graduates|
|Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology||49 Graduates|
|Biomedical Sciences, General||34 Graduates|
|Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography||26 Graduates|
|All Social Science Majors||266 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Political Science and Government, General||50 Graduates|
|Economics, General||40 Graduates|
|Econometrics and Quantitative Economics||21 Graduates|
|Anthropology, General||14 Graduates|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs||259 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric||174 Graduates|
|Public Relations/Image Management||65 Graduates|
|Sports Communication||2 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||1,467 Total Graduates / 40%|
Outcome & Salary
URI students are surely on the road to success, but researchers wanted to investigate how well alumni have fared with various degrees. Of the top five earning degrees, computer engineering led the pack with a median salary of $86,000. The fifth-highest degree was another engineering field, mechanical engineering, whose alumni reported a median salary of $72,000 in their first year. Another engineering degree program, electrical engineering, came in third with earnings exceeding $78,000. These figures were for base salary and were not able to capture additional compensation such as bonuses and benefits.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$58,500|
|College Grads Average Salary||$73,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$106,600|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$730,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,796,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$81,984|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$648,016|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,714,016|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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