University of Rhode Island Visit Report by kscrotx

Visit to University of Rhode Island in May 2019 by kscrotx
(Student)
(Member since May 22 2019 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - The admissions counselor went from person to person before the session to get to know them and was informed & enthusiastic. The 2 students sharing their experiences were very knowledgeable & f

Campus Tour: Yes - We loved our guide. She was super friendly and passionate about URI. She was informed on everything about the school and answered all of our questions well.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
It was over the summer, so there weren't many students there, but everyone we had the chance to talk to was very nice, including the students we talked to that were not with the admissions depart



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Again, everyone was wonderful. The admissions counselor was so nice and seemed to genuinely be interested in each student that had come to the admissions session.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Super pretty! The quad was a nice green space with a bunch of charming old buildings surrounding it. There were lots of trees and green spaces.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
There was more variety here. Some of the buildings just looked a bit outdated and not really in a charming way. Other buildings, like the chemistry, building were gorgeous. The campus was very clean.



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
The dorm that we saw looked old but perfectly adequate. As a Pharmacy major, I would be in Hillside Hall which is the brand new dorm. Basically, all of the dorms were triples that would be tight fits.



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Our guide said that safety was not an issue at all at URI. They had blue lights and a police station but not much else, but overall it felt very safe.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Overall, it was very, very good. We were impressed with the campus/ facilities and the staff. Everyone that we talked to seemed to love it there.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good
We didn't go see it, but there's a little shopping area right off of campus. The area right off campus seemed to be pretty rural.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
The surrounding area seemed very New England-y. It was a small rural town that was small but super cute.

Campus Visit Notes for University of Rhode Island


Visit Description:

Being from Texas, my mom was surprised when I told her that I thought URI would be a really good fit for me and that I wanted to go visit. After our spring break trip was snowed out, we got to go up in June. It was amazing. Once we were done, my mom admitted that it completely surpassed her expectations. We began with the tour. The Admissions building was quite outdated, but they have since opened a fancy new admissions building. Our tour group was small-- there were 3 families there, so we got to ask our guide a lot of questions. She happily answered them and even some that she wasn't really supposed to tell us like some aspects of Greek life off campus. Overall, the campus was really nice. The chemistry building was really cool and new as well as the fitness center. The dorms were small-- they look like they were made to be doubles, but pretty much everyone triples, so that makes them quite small, but they are nice enough especially Hillside. When the tour was over we headed over to Green Hall which is so pretty and picturesque. Our admissions session leader, Ms. Rhodehamel, went around to all the families at the session and got to know them a bit, so during the presentation, she mentioned specific things that applied to certain students. The two students who were there to describe their experiences at URI seemed to be super involved and accomplished. I personally would have rather heard from less cream-of-the-crop students and more from students that are maybe a more accurate representation of what life at URI is like. However, they were very nice and gave insight into certain opportunities that they had had that sounded quite exciting. After the info session, we talked again to Ms. Rhodehamel before heading over to the student union to get a shirt. The students in the union happily pointed us to the bookstore where we bought a couple of shirts then left. Currently, URI is at the top of my list, and pending scholarships, where I'll attend next fall.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

We stayed at an Airbnb thing in Narragansett. It was super cute and a short drive over to URI.