|Rhode Island College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (1892–1909)|
Rhode Island State College (1909–1951)
|Motto||Think Big. We Do.|
|Established||May 19, 1892|
|Endowment||$145.6 million (2017)|
|President||David M. Dooley|
|Provost||Donald H. DeHayes|
|675 full time|
|Students||18,072 (Fall 2017)|
|Undergraduates||15,092 (Fall 2017)|
|Postgraduates||3,033 (Fall 2017)|
|Campus||Rural, 1,254 acres (5.07 km2)|
|Colors||Keaney Blue, White & Navy Blue|
|NCAA Division I|
Atlantic 10 Conference
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
|Mascot||Rhody the Ram|
The University of Rhode Island, commonly referred to as URI, is the flagship public research as well as the land grant and sea grant university for the state of Rhode Island. Its main campus is located in the village of Kingston in southern Rhode Island. Additionally, smaller campuses include the Feinstein Campus in Providence, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence, the Narragansett Bay Campus in Narragansett, and the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich.
The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in 80 undergraduate and 49 graduate areas of study through eight academic colleges. These colleges include Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Professional Studies, Engineering, Health Sciences, Environment and Life Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy. 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.
As of 2019, the University of Rhode Island enrolls 14,653 undergraduate students, 1,982 graduate students, and 1,339 non-degree students. The average SAT score of students at the University is 1185, while the ACT scores average a 25, and the average GPA is 3.54. The in-state tuition for undergrad URI students in 2018-2019 is $14,138, while Regional students paid $22,324 for tuition, and out of state students paid $30,862. 75% of students received some type of financial aid. U.S. News & World Report classifies URI as a tier 1 national university, ranking it tied for 161st in the U.S.
The university 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, whose original farmhouse is now a small museum. In 1892, the school became known as the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. 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. The current president is David M. Dooley.
A list of Presidents of the University of Rhode Island:
- John Hosea Washburn (1892–1902)
- Kenyon L. Butterfield (1903–1906)
- Howard Edwards (1906–1930)
- Raymond G. Bressler (1931–1940)
- Carl R. Woodward (1941–1958)
- Francis H. Horn (1958–1967)
- Werner A. Baum (1968–1973)
- Frank Newman (1974–1983)
- Edward D. "Ted" Eddy (1983–1991)
- Robert L. Carothers (1991–2009)
- David M. Dooley (2009–present)
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, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.
East Hall (1909) and Washburn Hall (1921) Lippitt Hall, named for Governor Charles W. Lippitt, was originally a drill hall and armory (1897) Green Hall, named for Theodore F. Green (1937)
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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 convereted to SAT scale).
URI has 18 club sports teams consisting of around 600 athletes. Some club sports the school offers includes field hockey, wrestling, crew, gymnastics, and sailing. These teams travel and compete against other intercollegiate programs in the country. URI also has 16 intramural sports, including volleyball, badmitten, dodgeball, and soccer. The intramural sports allow students to compete in tournaments and games with other students on campus. 
The University of Rhode Island Department of Athletics and Recreation fields teams that compete in 16 intercollegiate sports. The University is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The URI Men’s Basketball competes in the Atlantic 10 (A10) 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. 
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. The Director of Athletics is Thorr Bjorn, who previously worked at the University of Massachusetts. The most notable team would be Rhode Island Rams men's basketball.
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Politics and government
- Lincoln Almond, Governor of Rhode Island from 1995–2003
- Peter Courtney, 55th President of the Oregon State Senate (2003–present), Member of the Oregon Senate (1991–present)
- Charles J. Fogarty, (graduate degree) Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island 1999–2006
- J. Joseph Garrahy, Governor of Rhode Island from 1977–1985
- William B. Gould IV, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board 1994–1998.
- Edwin R. Pacheco, Chairman of Rhode Island Democratic Party 2010–2013
- Robert Weygand, Lieutenant Governor of RI 1993–1997, U.S. Representative from RI 1997–2001.
- Lou Abbruzzi – Former NFL player for the Boston Yanks
- Pat Abbruzzi – Former CFL player for the Montreal Alouettes
- Jimmy Baron – Played in the NBA Summer League for the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards. He is currently playing basketball for Lagun Aro GBC in Spain's ACB League. He is the all-time three-point shooter in the University of Rhode Island and Atlantic 10 history.
- Tavorris Bell – Former basketball player at URI who scored 1,147 career points and was a teammate of Lamar Odom, was a featured streetball player in the AND1 Mixtape Tour Volume 2 video.
- Parfait Bitee – Former point guard for URI, also played on the Cameroonian men's national basketball team that won the silver medal at the FIBA Africa Championship 2007
- Danleigh Borman – MLS player for Toronto FC
- Geoff Cameron – MLS player for Houston Dynamo, MLS All-Star in 2009 and 2011, member and starter on the 2014 World Cup US Men's National Soccer Team
- Todd Bozeman – Head Coach, Morgan State University men's basketball
- Ernie Calverley – Former NBA player with the Providence Steamrollers, former URI Head Coach
- Derek Cassidy – Former Arena Football League player
- Jim Christian – Head Coach, Boston College men's basketball
- Steve Chubin – Former NBA player for the Indiana Pacers
- Sean Colson – Former NBA player for the Atlanta Hawks and the Houston Rockets
- Tony DeLuca – Former NFL player for the Green Bay Packers
- Shelagh Donohoe – Olympic athlete, current Women's rowing head coach.
- Mike Dwyer – Former NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys
- Johnny Ezersky – Former NBA player for the Providence Steamrollers, the Baltimore Bullets, and the Boston Celtics
- Frank Ferrara – Former NFL defensive end for New York Giants and Hollywood stunt man
- Jason Foster – Former NFL player
- Steve Furness – Former NFL player for Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions
- Tom Garrick – Former NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs, and Los Angeles Clippers
- Sasha Gotsmanov – MLS player for the Colorado Rapids
- Virgil Gray – Arena Football League player
- Andy Gresh – Sports analyst, Fox Sports, WSKO, ESPN Radio, Patriots Rock Radio Network
- Nick Greenwod – MLB player for the St. Louis Cardinals
- P. H. Horgan III – PGA Tour golfer
- Chester Jaworski – Basketball player, led the nation in scoring in his senior season, also won national player of the year award in his senior season.
- Frank Keaney – Former URI men's basketball coach. The inventor of URI's team color Keaney Blue. He is also in the Basketball Hall of Fame
- Cuttino Mobley – Former NBA player for the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and the New York Knicks
- Rick Moser – Former NFL player
- Xavier Munford – Point Guard for the Memphis Grizzlies
- Pat Narduzzi – Head football coach for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers
- Lamar Odom – NBA player for the Los Angeles Clippers
- Josh Oppenheimer – Israeli-American professional basketball coach, and former professional basketball player
- Tom Penders – Former college basketball coach
- Stephen Peterson – Rower on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team and Gold Medal winner at the 1990 World Rowing Championships
- Dana Quigley – PGA Tour golfer
- Dawan Robinson – NBA player (point guard) for the Los Angeles Clippers
- Ron Rothstein – Former coach in the NBA for the Miami Heat and the Detroit Pistons, first coach of the Miami Heat
- Kahiem Seawright – Former forward for URI, currently playing professional basketball for Valladolid in Spain's ACB League
- Bob Shea – Former NBA player for the Providence Steamrollers
- Dave Stenhouse, Former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Washington Senators from 1962 to 1964 and coach of the Brown University baseball team from 1981 to 1990.
- Stanley Stutz – Former NBA player for the New York Knicks
- Jared Trout – Former Pitcher with the New Market Rebels and in the Oakland Athletics system
- Tyson Wheeler – Former NBA player for the Toronto Raptors
- Bob White – Former NFL player
- Andy Williams – MLS player for Real Salt Lake, formerly for Columbus Crew
- Jeff Williams – Former NFL player
- Sly Williams – Former NBA player for New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Boston Celtics
Arts, broadcast and entertainment
- Masta Ace, rapper
- Kim Alexis, model
- Christiane Amanpour, journalist and CNN correspondent
- Judith A. Boss, writer
- Steve Cascione, television news anchor
- Vladimir Duthiers, journalist
- Josh Feinman, actor
- Benjamin Fine, journalist
- Mat Franco, magician
- Sage Francis, rapper
- Peter Frechette, actor
- Matt Gallant, television host
- John M. Geddes, journalist and managing editor of The New York Times from 2003–13
- Leila Goldkuhl, model
- Jose B. Gonzalez, poet
- Donald M. Grant, publisher
- Ann Hood, novelist
- John King, television journalist
- Kevin Kelly, magazine editor
- J. Michael Lennon, writer and editor
- Tony Longo, actor
- Theo Martins, singer and rapper
- Jim O'Connor, television personality and Food Network host
- Freddie Scott, singer
- J. T. Walsh, actor
- Robert Crandall, former President and Chairman of the Board, American Airlines
- Michael D. Fascitelli, President and Trustee of Vornado Realty Trust
- Giovanni Feroce, former CEO of Alex and Ani
- Tony Horton (exercise instructor), fitness guru and developer of P90X
- Nancy McKinstry, Chairman and CEO of Wolters Kluwer
- Olivier Pastré, French economist and banker
- Thomas Ryan, former CEO of CVS Corporation
- Eric Ryan, Co-founder of Method Products
Science and academia
- Daniel G. Aldrich '39, founding chancellor of University of California, Irvine
- Robert Ballard '75 PhD, '86 Hon., oceanographer, discoverer of the RMS Titanic, Professor and Director of URI's Center for Ocean Exploration, part of URI's Graduate School of Oceanography.
- Elizabeth A. Craig, professor and chair of biochemistry at University of Wisconsin–Madison and member of the National Academy of Sciences
- Deneb Karentz, '73, PhD '82, professor and chair of biological sciences at University of San Francisco
- Cornelius M. Kerwin, '73 MA, President of American University (2007–2017)
- Robert B. Rheault, Jr., '96 PhD, marine biologist and aquaculture consultant
- Sandra Thornton Whitehouse, PhD '94, marine biologist and wife of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
- Admiral Jeremy M. "Mike" Boorda, 25th Chief of Naval Operations
- Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (former), National Security Advisor for President Donald Trump (former)
- General Leon J. LaPorte, United States Army four-star general
- Rear Admiral Francis D. "Bill" Moran, third director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps
- Rear Admiral Sigmund R. Petersen, fourth director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps
- Hachiko: A Dog's Story starring Richard Gere, shot pivotal scenes in Edwards Auditorium, Green Hall, and the Fine Arts Center.
- Hard Luck was shot on the W. Alton Jones Campus.
- Outside Providence shot its private school sequences at Green Hall, among other locations at the Kingston Campus.
- The Clique Movie shot its private school sequences at Green Hall
- Underdog shot some of its scenes at the Providence campus.
- URI Botanical Gardens
- Joint Degrees in law at Roger Williams University School of Law
- Barbara K. Sullivan
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- "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
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- "Peter Courtney faces challenge for re-election". Statesman Journal. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
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