URI Student Move-in Weekend 2019

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862 |

KINGSTON, R.I. — Aug. 29, 2019 — The University of Rhode Island will mark the unofficial start of the 2019-2020 academic year when it welcomes new students to campus during upcoming move-in days scheduled for this weekend. The first official day of classes is Wednesday, Sept. 4. 

What: New Students Move-in Weekend. A well-choreographed production to welcome the incoming first-year class of more than 3,000 new students as they move into their rooms at one of the two dozen residence halls on campus.

Members of the media are invited to capture this annual event and speak with URI President David M. Dooley and other University administrators as families arrive, cars are unloaded, and new students move into what will become their on-campus homes for the academic year.

Who: URI President David M. Dooley, Student Affairs Vice President Kathy Collins, other administrators, new students and their parents, and scores of staff members assisting with move-in. One-on-one interviews with President Dooley may be arranged upon request.

Appearances throughout the weekend by Rhody the Ram are also expected. A URI Marketing and Communications representative will be available during both move-in dates.

When: Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, 9:30 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m., both days.

Where: Beginning, on both days, at 9:30 a.m. in front of Hillside Residence Hall, 140 Campus Ave. President Dooley and others will visit a number of residence halls during the morning and arrive at Hope Commons (dining hall) at approximately 11:30 a.m. each day. A second round of residence hall visits will take place after lunch and continue until 2 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Most campus roadways will be one-way during Move-In 2019. Please follow the directions provided by staff on site.

Media contacts: Please call in advance to arrange interview(s) and parking accommodations. A reminder — when on campus, all members of the media must have press credentials. For weekend media assistance, contact Dave Lavallee, 401-465-4291, dlavallee@uri.edu.