URI’s Facts about Fall 2017

Incoming class brings strongest academic achievement, greater diversity

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KINGSTON, RI – August 22, 2017 — The University of Rhode Island is preparing to welcome its incoming class of about 3,250 first-year students and approximately 500 transfer students. When combined with returning students, the University will be the home away from home for more than 16,680 undergraduate and graduate students. Students will start to move onto campus Saturday, Sept. 2 and classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The incoming class reflects the University’s high academic profile and increasingly diverse student population. The strongest freshman class in URI history, the students have an average high school grade point average of 3.54 and a combined average SAT score of 1180. The 3,250 new students were selected from a record 22,656 global applicants; the actual enrollment will be finalized after Oct.15. Twenty-three percent of the incoming class identify as students of color, making the entire student body more diverse than ever before. By contrast, in 2010 the student body included 16.1 percent of diverse racial/ethnic groups.

URI’s employee recruitment initiative has increased diversity among the faculty as well. In 2010 the full-time, tenured faculty included 16 percent racial/ethnic groups and in 2017 that rose to 18.6 percent. During the academic years 2015-2017, URI hired 34 new full-time, tenure-track faculty members and two deans representing diverse racial/ethnic groups.

The University will take on some lively discussions with some of the leading scientists, scholars and a Nobel Scholar for the interdisciplinary Honors Colloquium “Origins: Life, the Universe and Everything.” Starting Tuesday, Sept. 12, the weekly series will shine new light on the age-old questions of our origins and humanity’s place in the cosmos. The series begins with a talk by astrophysicist, cosmologist, inventor and TV host, Hakeem Oluseyi. The second lecture on Sept. 19 will feature Jane Goodall, the primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, United Nations Messenger of Peace, and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots and Shoots program. At least the first two lectures will be live streamed at http://stream.uri.edu.

This will be the inaugural semester for URI’s College of Nursing at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence. This new campus provides upperclassmen and graduate nursing students with an unparalleled learning experience. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony this fall for the 133,000-square-foot facility that is strategically located close to leading health care facilities and collaborative interdisciplinary institutions, including Brown University’s Alpert Medical School and Rhode Island College.

In addition to these changes and big events, the University will continue to celebrate its 125th anniversary with special events and more.

About the Students

This information is about the students we expect to enroll this semester. These are anticipated numbers and final counts will be confirmed after Oct.15.

  • The University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission received and reviewed a record 22,656 applications for new freshmen. In addition, more than 1,400 applications were considered for students wishing to transfer to the University.
  • The University anticipates enrolling 3,750 new students, including 3,250 freshmen and 500 transfer students. Consistent with trends nationwide, 57 percent of the new students are women and 43 percent are men. More than 23 percent of freshmen and transfers have self-identified as students of color.
  • About 48 percent of the new students are from Rhode Island and 52 percent are from out of state or foreign countries. Approximately 56 percent of the total student body is from Rhode Island. The University expects to enroll students from more than 46 U.S states and more than 50 nations.
  • After Rhode Island, the top states represented in the freshman class are respectively, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey.
  • Admitted student profile: Average GPA 3.54; SAT total 1180/1600; ACT score 25.
  • About 6,000 undergraduate students are assigned to one of the University’s 24 on-campus residence halls, suites and apartments. URI traditionally houses most of the first-year class in university residence halls.
  • About 650 students will live in the 17 sororities, fraternities and specialty houses, the International Engineering Program houses and the Women’s Center.
  • There are 18 Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) of which 13 are exclusively for first-year students.
  • Popular majors for the incoming class are nursing, kinesiology, business, computer science, criminology and criminal justice, health studies, engineering, psychology and biology. Many students will explore their many major and career interests with the University’s academic advisors and University College for Academic Success.
  • URI will award more than $92 million in undergraduate aid and scholarships.  An estimated 75 percent of undergraduate students are expected to receive financial aid and institutional support.

Fall Highlights

  • Move-In Days, Sept. 2-3: To provide the best service to incoming students the freshman class will move in on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. At that time, a resident assistant will escort each student to his or her room. As part of the early move-in process, about 1,600 residents arrive during the week before to participate in organization trainings, club events, etc. A series of Welcome Week activities for new and returning students includes club fairs, movies, and a performance by comedian Cecily Strong on Sept. 5.
  • 125th Anniversary Celebrations: A series of events will continue to mark URI’s anniversary — everything from Waterfire Providence, a Graduate School of Oceanography Open House, concerts and much more. On Monday, Sept. 18, a night sky gazing event will take place at the W. Alton Jones Campus, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Sand Mandala Project, Sept. 18-22: URI’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies has arranged for seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery to create an elaborate sand mandala for compassion at the Main Lounge in the Memorial Union. Drepung Loseling monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, colleges, and universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
  • Undergraduate Research, Scholarly & Creative Showcase, Sept. 19: Undergraduates in all disciplines and at all levels will present the results of their independent research, scholarly, and creative projects on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
  • Confucius Institute Moon Festival, Sept. 29: On behalf of the Confucius Institute at URI, Zhejiang University’s Wenqin Performing Arts Troupe will perform on Friday, Sept. 29 in celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival. Held at Edwards Auditorium, the popular annual event is free and open to the public.
  • On Stage, Oct. 12–22: URI Theatre begins its fall season with gifted playwright Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice that explores the mythological Greek story of Orpheus and his wife, Eurydice. This will be followed by Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan. View details at http://web.uri.edu/theatre/.
  • Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards, Oct. 14: This is URI’s 12th annual celebration at which President David M. Dooley, Provost Donald H. DeHayes, and the college deans honor alumni and others who personify URI’s tradition of excellence in achievement, leadership and service. The event is a formal celebration held at the Newport Marriott.
  • One Big Family Affair, Oct. 20-22: University families – young and old – are the focus of one big fall event — Alumni and Family Weekend. For the first time, the traditional homecoming and family weekend events will become one very special occasion. Since each event was set to engage students and their families and alumni and their families in life at URI, the University’s Office of Student Life teamed with the Alumni Association to build one splendid weekend for all. The combined event will enrich the activities available to all. URI vs. Stony Brook football game will be held at Meade Stadium, along with Rhodyville, numerous mini-reunions, campus tours, and an evening with the legendary Whoopi Goldberg on Saturday, Oct. 21. To order tickets for the event, call the Ryan Center Box Office at 401.874.RAMS (401.874.7267).
  • Ocean State Writing Conference, Oct. 26-28: For the first time, this popular program will be held in the fall and will provide writers with more workshops, time with faculty, and networking time with fellow writers. The keynote speaker is Masha Gressen, a journalist and the author of 10 books of nonfiction including the national bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Her talk on Oct. 27 will be free and open to the public.
  • Open House, Oct. 14 and 29: Thousands of high school seniors and their families will attend one of the University’s Open Houses this fall. The programs provide potential students with a chance to learn about the admission process, financial aid, scholarships and more. Visitors can register for the program at http://web.uri.edu/admission/open-house/.
  • Professional Development Week, Nov. 6-10: To prepare students today for their next move — whether for their first or second internship, their next job or their next learning opportunity, URI’s Center for Career and Experiential Education will hold its 2nd Annual Professional Development Week, Nov. 6-10. This popular event coincides with the Fall Internship and Career Fair, on Wednesday, Nov. 8.
  • Public Safety: Providing a safe and secure environment for living and learning is paramount at the University. Throughout the year, new and returning students and all community members receive print, web, video and email information and training about resources available to protect them against injury, fire and other threats and to ensure that the University continues its mission in a secure environment. Visit the Department of Public Safety (http://www.uri.edu/emergency/) for details about emergency preparedness.

Academically Speaking

  • New Faces: This fall we welcome several new academic and administrative leaders: Vice President for Administration and Finance Abigail Rider; URI College of Arts and Sciences Dean Jeannette E. Riley; Dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies R. Anthony Rolle; Multicultural Student Services Center Director George Gallien; Export Control Officer Ross M. Levine; Associate Dean of Students for Community Standards Jessica Rehling; URI Women’s Center Director Penny Jo Rosenthal; and Memorial Union Director Carl G. Stiles.
  • New Majors: Based on growing demand and global needs, the University is pleased to offer two new interdisciplinary majors, Criminology and Criminal Justice and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.
  • The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice combines courses from six departments: sociology, political science, psychology, gender and women’s studies, economics and chemistry. There are about 145 students enrolled and four full-time faculty members in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems is for students interested in careers in sustainable food production, food security, food safety and food marketing and distribution. The major will allow participants to explore the food chain, from farm to plate to waste and back, emphasizing sustainability, impacts on human health, and resilience from economic, environmental, and societal viewpoints.
  • Undergraduate Research & Innovation: The University has programs in place to support and engage undergraduate students at all levels and disciplines in self-directed, hands-on research, scholarly work, and innovate artistic creations. A number of entrepreneurial workshops, training sessions and grants are available for students in the arts and sciences to expand their hands-on education and entrepreneurial outreach. These are available this year through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Innovation.
  • Global Destinations: The doors to Cuba opened to URI students last year, and it is now one of the more than 60 countries where 200 study abroad program opportunities take place. Hundreds of students take part in these programs in addition to global internship opportunities. Increasing the number of students and faculty participants in international education is consistent with the University’s academic plan to develop students as global citizens, and create meaningful international strategic partnerships.

Construction Zone

In the last 10 years, nearly $400 million has been invested in renovating or constructing about 1 million square feet of space on campus including the recently opened $68 million Beaupre center for chemical and forensic sciences on the Kingston campus.

  • Welcome Center: A new Welcome Center will be built on Upper College Road as a welcoming location for students and families to congregate, for guests to stop, and for the University to provide information about the teaching, research and hands-on learning that takes place at URI. Work will begin this fall and completion is expected in summer 2018. The Center is temporarily located at 95 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus.
  • College of Engineering: Construction began in April 2017 for the $150.5 million dollar engineering complex that will provide the College with some of the best engineering facilities in the country. The approximately 186,000-square-foot complex is expected to be completed in 2019. In the meantime, all engineering classes and labs are being held in alternative spaces – including Schneider Electric (near campus), and at Pastore and Morrill Halls. See the live view of the entire project. http://egr.uri.edu/construction-live-view/
  • Residential Life in the Future: The University now provides residential options for about 6,200 students at all academic levels. A new residence hall, Brookside Apartments, is being developed to provide apartment-style living for third- and fourth-year students. The apartment complex will be located across from Meade Stadium, near the Wiley and Garrahy residential complex. Work will begin this fall with completion expected in summer 2019.
  • More Plans: Some advanced planning and design work are underway for the Fine Arts Center renovation and addition, Hope Commons expansion, and renovation of several buildings including White Hall, Ranger, and Edwards. Of course, to keep everything running smoothly there will be some utility infrastructure upgrades, storm water management, and repaving and road construction including repaving of the Fine Arts and Green Hall parking lots as well the complete reconstruction of Lower College Road during the summer of 2018.

Financial Facts
Below are current rates for tuition, fees and residential life:

Tuition And Mandatory Fees (2017-18)

  • Undergraduate Tuition and fees:
    • In-state $13,792
    • Out-of-state $30,042
    • Regional $22,794
  • Undergraduate Room/Board, $12,452
  • Graduate Tuition and fees:
    • In-state $14,304
    • Out-of-state $26,814
  • Financial Aid (2017-18):
    • 75 percent of students receive aid
    • $92M (awarded by URI)