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Colleges / University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate76%
Acceptance Rate76%

About University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island Overview

University of Rhode Island is a public, state school in the small town setting of Kingston, Rhode Island. University of Rhode Island was founded in 1892 and the school presently has around 16,696 students per year, including 13,928 undergraduates. University of Rhode Island ensures housing for up to 6,762 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! February 1, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by March 31.

There are many ways for students to get involved at University of Rhode Island!

Interested in music or performing? At University of Rhode Island you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? University of Rhode Island students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? University of Rhode Island has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? University of Rhode Island has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of Rhode Island on the Student Life page.

2022 University of Rhode Island Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 76%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate 91%
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 91%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 30%
In-State Tuition $13,250
Out-of-State $31,272
Percent of Need Met 55.3%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $16,618

Is University of Rhode Island a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better sense of what University of Rhode Island offers and if the college seems like a good choice for you.

University of Rhode Island Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Rhode Island. University of Rhode Island admitted 76% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 25,105 applications received in 2022, 19,196 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Rhode Island

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 85% of students who start at University of Rhode Island come back the next year. University of Rhode Islandhas a six year graduation rate of 70 for undergrads. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for University of Rhode Island Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with University of Rhode Island directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of Rhode Island's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

University of Rhode Island's endowment was valued at $203.3 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $10,010 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Rhode Island

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

University of Rhode Island meets 55.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $16,618 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $38,164 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Rhode Island.

Based on this information, does University of Rhode Island seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is University of Rhode Island a good school for you?

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Where is University of Rhode Island Located?

University of Rhode Island is located in the small town setting of Kingston, Rhode Island.

If you are interested in seeing University of Rhode Island for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Kingston, or book a flight to the nearest airport, T.F. Green.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Rhode Island and Kingston are like without leaving home.

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College Info

45 Upper College Rd Kingston, RI 02881

Campus Setting: Small Town

University of Rhode Island Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 27

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Rhode Island is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Rhode Island is Jul 27.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Rhode Island ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Rhode Island is 25. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Rhode Island. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Rhode Island SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1290


Math SAT Range

540 - 640


Reading SAT Range

550 - 650

University of Rhode Island Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Rhode Island is like? There are approximately 16,696 students enrolled at University of Rhode Island, including 13,928 undergraduate students and 2,768 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 48% percent are from RI and 52% percent of students are from other states.


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Application Deadline

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