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University of Rhode Island (URI) Reviews

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  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 1 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    The activities being offered on campus are all for you so take advantage of that and get involved. It will make your time there so enjoyable. And don't get too sucked in to the party scene. It is fun to go out just stay on top of your school work and don't let partying get in the way.

    Bang for the buck

    It is somewhat expensive for me to attend URI even after financial aid because I am out of state. Even though it is a lot of money, the education and the memories I will receive are worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    It was a difficult transition at first. Being away from home is very hard but if you get involved in the many activities around campus you will have to the time of your life.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes I have taken at URI have all helped me learn a lot. They are not time-filler classes that are there just for you to get a grade. You will come out of every class being much more educated on that topic.

  • 01/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    From my interaction with some of the student body, the people who attend URI cover a wide spectrum. There are the crazy, outgoing partiers; the studious students who are spend most of their time at the library; the indie-rocknroll kids who run the 198° coffee shop; the preppy, well-dressed, perfectly manicured girls (and boys); and everyone in between. Trust me, you will find friends that will accept you just the way you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    URI is overall a great institution that can give students a good education and offer them opportunities that other colleges could not. If you are planning on attending the University take advantage of these opportunities provided for you. Establish a relationship with the teachers and staff and you can look forward to a rewarding college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Rhode Island is overpriced. Luckily instate tuition is more reasonable than out-of-state, but still, if you are a student who has to pay on their own plan on applying for scholarships, getting loans and hopefully some grants. Truthfully, I would consider not attending URI for my freshmen and sophomore years if money is an issue. This is because community colleges can offer the same beginning courses and you will get a similar quality of teaching. However, in junior and senior years the extra money URI will cost you might be worth it because advanced courses are likely not to be available at a local community college. And if you are opting for living on campus expect the price to rise because with it comes the meal plan which I would highly suggest getting when living on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus has nice architecture and a balance between trees and open spaces to buildings. I really enjoy the feel of the campus and love walking to class because I find it really beautiful. But the freshmen dorms are nothing to be happy about, with 3 people in a 12x12 room it is cramped and there is not enough closet space. It is made for 2 people but with the amount of students attending URI they had to increase it to 3. If you don't get along with your roommates i would consider finding another living arrangement. Also, the campus can get really boring on weekends if you don't have a car.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Rhode Island has a lot to offer in there diverse group of experienced professors and classes. Just in my first semester I have taken Natural Resource courses from a professor who travels around the world discovering new species, Biology from a professor with over 40 years of teaching experience, and Philosophy from a professor who started her career in England and had some very interesting teaching methods. I was rarely unimpressed by my professors and there personal accomplishments, more often then not the classes were interesting and I learned an enormous amount that has helped me in choosing a major. Yet, as there always will be, there were certain disappointments that included the struggle of developing a closer relationship with the professors. Because URI has such a big student body, the classes (especially freshmen classes) have on average 300 students! If you need help in the subject and want to talk to your professor, do not think that they are going to make time for you without properly signing up for a meeting with them.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 3 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a college that is great for all types of students. There is so many different students in this school, which makes it a really interesting place to be. All kinds of kids go to URI whether they are into art, sports, music, drama, theatre, science, engineering, language, teaching, health, math, physics, and many students with many different races and ethnicities go to URI. Probably one of the most open and diverse schools out there.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many tips that I can offer about URI to prospective students. First off, take advantage of the meal plans at this school because it is worth it. The dinning services offer such a large variety of food that does not get boring and keeps you well fed with an all you can eat style dinning plan. Another thing that I can offer as advice is to sign up for classes as soon as you can. I got in a jam with a few classes and had to move my schedule around a bit because I waited to sign up. The second that classes are available to you, grab them! In terms of the orientation, try to go to an earlier orientation towards the beginning of the summer if you can because you will have a the chance to snag the classes before other students. Finally, get involved with the school because being a part of the campus life is so important. I have many friends who have missed out on a lot that the school offers because they did not sign up for anything and did not want to bother getting involved. The more you do at URI, the more people you will meet, and the more relationships you foster, the more fun you will have and the more memorable your college experience will be.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Rhode Island is a bit pricy even for the instate tuition. The tuition keeps rising little by little, but Rhode Island is a small state and cannot get a lot of funding from the state. It is easy to look past the price though when you see what is offered to you. A great education, a beautiful campus, an amazing student body, suburban setting, fifteen minutes away from the best beach on the east coast, what more could you want? It is definitely worth what you pay and I can confirm that. All colleges are going to be expensive because that is the way schools are today. However if you want to go to a school with the best education, location, and school spirit, then URI is definitely worth the money. In addition, URI offers the Bay Campus, which is such an advantage that URI has over other schools. I know that when I look at the bill for URI, it does not really matter because I know that my time spent there was worth every penny. Bang for the buck is a definite YES!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it at the URI Kingston campus. It is a beautiful campus filled with Rhody pride! The great thing about this school is that all the students WANT to be there, and that makes the experience even better. I love going to class, spending time with friends, and kicking a soccer ball around in the quad. Everything on this campus is enjoyable, even the food! URI has one of the best food services in the state hands down, I have not heard one person complain about the food. There are so many organizations that you can join from sports clubs to Greek Life. I have enjoyed ballroom dancing myself, it is loads of fun and the best thing is that I have gotten to meet so many people. The weather is not too bad either. A bit of rain and snow, but that is everywhere in the north east. However, the sun still shines often and it is very comfortable living at school. I also enjoy the classes because the class are not too big and the teachers are so well trained, I could not ask for a better atmosphere. Walking to class is also a great way to exercise because the campus is on a hill, which makes it better because you do get a little workout on the way to class. Meeting friends has also been a blast because the school sets up so many events where you get to meet all different kinds of people. I even went to a comedy night where I saw Ralphie May perform and I cannot even explain how hard I laughed! This school has been so enjoyable, I don't know why people would decide not to go to URI.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Rhode Island has a lot to offer its students. Each class is filled with new, up to date information that help its students succeed and lead them on to bright futures. I am currently attending URI and I have already learned a lot being there. In my first semester, I learned about a years worth of high school work and the great thing was that it was not hard to do. With the professors and grad students working as hard as they do, it was so easy to learn from them. The faculty is like non other because they are extremely dedicated to their students. I have learned numerous things from how to structurally format a molecule, to solving and applying a heat transfer equation, to writing a very persuasive argumentative paper, and how to even do a personal interview! This school provides limitless resources for its students to learn and to take in as much information as they want. The teachers are always there for me. I go to office hours where I can bring my work that I am having problems with and every single time the teachers help me to solve my own problems. I could not have dreamed of learning so much. I have even learned how to budget my time from my engineering professor.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 4 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive. Ask questions and engage yourself in activities on campus. You will enjoy your undergraduate experience more.

    Bang for the buck

    Costly, but in comparison to private schools, URI is on the more affordable end. They are raising tuition this coming fall though. +~$1,000 for in-staters.

    Am enjoying being here

    I credit this to my extra-curricular activities. Without them, I would never have found my niche/a break from studies.

    Am learning a lot

    I've always been a firm believer of education is what you make of it. It really all boils down to what you're studying, if you enjoy it, and if you're willing to put in the work to reap the benefits. The professors I've had so far genuinely love what they teach and are willing to answer questions.

  • 12/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Basketball fans, people looking for Greek life, theater geeks who want a tight-knit and fun group, beach bums, those bubbling over with enthusiastic school pride, and marine biology majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the gym and the AEC and the library - you're paying for these things, but it's depressing how few students actually use them.

    Bang for the buck

    The truth is, URI runs a little pricey as far as state schools go. Granted, my family and I are flat broke, but thanks to URI's financial aid and a few outside scholarships, I have been able to pay for my first year without taking out any student loans. Still, instate students might want to consider taking their gen eds at CCRI, since the credit is guaranteed transferable, and the tuition is much more affordable. The caveat out of the way, URI does deliver a plenty of perks for all its cost. Endless academic variety and free resources like Career Services and the Academic Enhancement Center ensure that you get your money's worth. It's difficult for a state school to balance the budget, but I wish URI could find some way to address the parking situation: commuter parking is less than ideal.

    Am enjoying being here

    Contrary to popular belief, URI is not a school full of Rhode Islanders! One thing I love about URI is getting to meet people from lots of different places; even many international students have found their way to this school and make it all the more fun of a place to be. Clubs like The Mob and Humans v. Zombies do crazy things to promote school spirit and the 100+ student organizations leave plenty of things to do, many of which feature free pizza. The abundance of things to do on campus is pretty fortunate, because URI's location is kind of quiet. (Unless Pauly D comes to visit!) There's not much to do off-campus unless you want to take the 40 minute drive into Providence, which is a bit of a bummer. On the flip side, the beach is only ten minutes away, and beautiful all year round. Lots of good food, too. There are lots of different people here, and that's one of the best things about URI.

    Am learning a lot

    I have just completed my first semester at URI, and have already experienced two extremes. On the one hand, I could wax unendingly about how wonderful my nutrition and communications classes were, with fascinating material and engaging professors and challenging but not overwhelming assignments. On the other hand, I also experienced the drag of the +300 student lecture halls in a psychology class that was mostly a dull Powerpoint presentations of definitions, and a theater class where most of the students goofed off. This is not to say the academic quality at URI is hit or miss, just that this school is not exempt from the challenges of the occasional large and apathetic classroom. That's what makes URI's honor's program so exciting: it's small classroom setting and instructor selected topics guarantee that it's going to be a fascinating and living course, even on the introductor, gen ed requirement level. Definitely take advantage of the honors program for the most stimulating academics.

  • 03/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    URI is great for any type of student. Pretty much every personality type is represented at URI, honestly. There are plenty of typical sorority girls, jocks, artsy kids, and everyone in between. Anyone can find a place on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right off the bat. Transitions to college are tough, especially freshman year, but being involved on campus is a sure-fire way to lessen that stress. The students are always inviting of new members and freshmen and will be an instant group of friends that you can turn to for help if you need it.

    Bang for the buck

    Speaking as an out-of-state student, I can say that URI is pricey for those of us not from Rhode Island. However, the information being presented is sure to help in our future, so I suppose it pays off in the end. URI tends to be a little stringy with their scholarship money, but any little bit certainly helps!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful year round and the buildings are a wonderful mix of old architecture and modern ones. Since the campus is so contained, you will always see someone you recognize while walking around.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors come from all over the world and bring their own experiences to the classroom discussions. Every professor I have had in my two years at URI has been kind and willing to help students out in either office hours, which they are required to hold, or through e-mail. The classes are interesting and some are unusual - I've taken everything from the basic General Psychology to classes like Geology of the U.S. National Parks and the Victorian Sensation Novel!

  • 04/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Basically, any student who wants to enjoy college, have fun, learn a lot, and get their money's worth. URI is a great school.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Go to class. 2. Go out and participate. It's the best way to meet new people. 3. Take advantage of the free services offered. Career services, the library, the gym, etc etc etc... 4. If you commute: the parking is terrible. Be prepared to arrive early, have trouble finding a spot, and pay for a commuter pass (yearly).

    Bang for the buck

    For out-of-state students, URI is expensive. It's a bit more manageable for in-state students, but it is a tad pricey. Go to class, don't waste your money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus is generally always busy. There are always events going on, and the quad is a great place, full of unique individuals. There's literally something for everyone. The people are nice, there is enough to do on campus and nearby, that it is rare that you have to go too far. The Ryan Center has a few big concerts and performances every single year. Examples from the past year or two are Kid Cudi, Jim Gaffigan, The Fray, Wiz Khalifa, Neon Trees, and of course, URI basketball.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at URI are, far the most part, engaging, caring, and intelligent. Once in a while, you get stuck with a poor professor, but that is the same at every school. Most professors go out of their way to help you and make themselves available. Many will even assist you once you have left the classroom, whether it be in a job search or something along those lines. Classes are generally challenging, but not extreme. It all depends on your course load and the amount of effort you are willing to put in. If you're a serious student and care about learning and not wasting you're money, you will most certainly get value and knowledge out of your classes.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is spot on, there has never been a moment where my friends or I have ever felt unsafe. There are blue safety lights that are placed all around campus and one can be seen no matter where a student is. These lights have an emergency call button that will contact the campus police and they will come to that location to help. There is also never any serious issues that occur here in terms of safety. The University of Rhode Island community is very laid back and most students never really consider safety an issue.

    Greek Life

    While many students do not choose to pursue Greek Life for various reasons those that do only have good things to say about it. There is a Greek Week in the Spring semester where all of the Fraternities and Sororities gather and compete as well as have socials with each other. There are also many members who fall in love with the members and actually take the brotherhood and sisterhood aspects to heart.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of groups and clubs that allow students of different backgrounds or similar interests to meet and have fun. There is also intramural sports that run through the whole year which include almost all of the major sports. There are more competitive club sports that many students make commitments to. There are some spirit groups on campus that throw big events like homecoming weekend, Nearly Naked Mile, Rhody's Birthday, and a mud volleyball tournament. There is also a whole office dedicated to getting students involved in civic engagement, so for those that are interested in volunteer work there are plenty of opportunities there.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who like to go out and have some fun on the weekend there is always something going on. Someone who can really branch out will make a ton of new friends and will have a great time here. There are also a lot of opportunities to help with research and lab practice.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has a place called the North Woods which is an old growth forest that houses many rare plants, birds, and animals. There were baby owls in the forest as of last spring and there are also trails for running or hiking as well.

    Bang for the buck

    If you get involved, work hard, and put yourself out there the University of Rhode Island will pay off and in my personal experiences be worth more than the tuition I pay. I won't always remember the homework or exams but I will never forget the memories and friendships that I have made while at this University.

    What to do for fun

    There are a little under 100 student groups and there is also on campus jobs that end up being more fun than work. There is also greek life that a great deal of students end up joining and having a blast with. There is also the beach within 15 minutes of the campus. Many of the upperclassmen rent houses in the surrounding neighborhood so the students from campus tend to travel to there on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    There is always a multitude of choices at both dining halls and the staff truly cares about the experience. There are sandwiches, pasta, stir fry, salads, burgers, and pizza every day but the main meals vary. There are even special nights where Dining services puts on candle lit dinners or holiday feasts.

    Dorm Life

    There is a variety of different buildings and living styles that can accommodate a student of any year. Even if one does not like the living situation they are in they can always change to another room or building. The Housing and Residential Life really helps make sure everyone is getting what they paid for as well as setting up communities for students to succeed in more ways than one.

    Academic Rigor

    Different majors have different levels of difficulty but in all of them students can find challenging work and gain real knowledge on the areas of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with something on campus, it will make your time here worth every penny you spend. Work very hard your first semesters because these are the stepping stones for your GPA and remember it's just as important to have fun while you're here.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere and the student life are the best parts about the University of Rhode Island. There is a community that thrives here as well as tough manageable academics with a lot of room to grow and achieve.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any time of student, honestly. Everybody has their niche.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just stick with your high school friends. Go out and meet completely new people. That is the best thing to do!

    Bang for the buck

    Pharmacy school is expensive! I wish out of state prices were not so expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    To make the most of your time, you really should get involved. I have gotten very involved freshman year, and have met so many new friends as a result. By getting involved, this huge school suddenly turns into a small, close knit school.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are great!

  • 10/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For athletes,get your work done before you get too tired. Ask your coach for help if you need it and don't use practice as an excuse for why work isn't done. Nursing majors, the work is tough. Stay ahead on the material so that you can get the best grades possible. Take it one step at a time.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Go to class 2. Take notes and study well in advance 3. Meet new people 4. Get to know your professors 5. Go for a walk and discover campus 6. Make the library your second home 7. HAVE FUN!

    Bang for the buck

    The school does a great job offering scholarship money to make the school affordable. I am learning a lot and I feel like the classes are well worth the money. I think that the meal plans are expensive and I don't like that you can't take food out of the dining halls. The facilities provided are extremely nice and there are a lot of renovations taking place right now. There are multiple extra help sessions that are free and they really add to the in-class experience to help you learn and do the best you can.

    Am enjoying being here

    I transferred to URI from St. Lawrence. The schools are polar opposites and I have realized what a mistake I made in my choice of schools for my freshman year. I love URI an all the people. I am on a sports team and I enjoy the company of all my teammates. I love that everything is so close and the ocean is minutes away. The campus is small enough to walk around but large enough that you see new people all the time. It is a great atmosphere and people are so nice.

    Am learning a lot

    I am taking a lot of challenging courses as a nursing student and I find that I learn something new everyday. Classes are a lot of fun which help make learning a great experience.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 110

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    GET OUT and do stuff- do not not not sit in your dorm. Join clubs, go to the beach, go into town, go out to eat, go for walks- anything. There are a million things to do once you get into it, but if you sit cooped up in your room, you will never make friends or find adventures.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of choices, or so they say, but in reality- the same choices every day gets boring. There was a rarely a day that the food didn't make me or my friends sick when we were living on campus. There are a lot of places to get food at the top of campus, though.

    Dorm Life

    Unless you're in Barlow or Weldin your freshman year, you'll probably want to transfer schools. Move off campus your sophomore or junior year- or else suffer in dirty, old buildings until the possibility of living in an on campus apartment opens up your senior year.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses are very challenging, but most courses are tolerable, if not easy. The further you get into your specific program, the harder but more enjoyable courses get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't listen to people tell you that you don't need to pick a major- the longer you wait, the longer you'll be there. Get involved and adventure off campus. Make a lot of friends in your desired field. Don't go to lunch at peak times- bring a snack.

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is a medium-sized school, but can seem very small at times. Professors and academics (for the most part) strive to help students do their best and be their best in their field. There are a lot of things to do if you get involved, otherwise the school can seem boring.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    URI is a relatively safe place. It is an open campus, so anyone can drive or walk onto campus, but there is a police station and EMTs on campus if there is every problems.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big at URI, but not so important that you have to be in a frat or sorority. There are more academic frats and there are frats that people join to make friends and have parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are intramural sports and a lot of clubs at URI, probably something for everyone, and if they don't have a club that you think would be fun, with 8-10 people you can start a club on your own through URI.

    Great for these types of students

    URI has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quad is extremely popular at URI. It is the best spot to lay out when it is sunny, study, quick or throw a ball around, or for clubs to have booths.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, I think that if an in state student is attending URI, they are getting a relatively good value for their money. For a student attending from out of state, it might be a bit much, unless they are a part of a particular program not available near them or they want to be a part of a sports team at URI.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs to join, intramural sports, and of course the beach is very close. If a student is of age there are popular bars that a lot of students go to on the weekends. There is also a bowling alley and some places to enjoy karaoke on certain nights of the week. The basketball games are usually fun to attend too. URI is a division 1 school and a lot of the teams make it far into the season and they hold playoff and championship games at the school. The Ryan Center is also a part of URI, where they have concerts with very popular bands and artists, and also a comedian or 2 each year. Students get discount tickets usually ot every event.

    Food and Dining

    The food at URI is actually very good! There are 2 main dining halls. Usually students that are living on campus are required to have some sort of meal plan, in which you have unlimited meals. You can go to the dining hall for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a couple times for a quick snack during the day. The dining hall is sort of a buffet style. They always have a main meal to choose from, burgers, hot dogs, fries, a stir fry station, a pasta station (my favorite), and a salad and dessert bar. It is great because you can go and eat as much or as little as you want! At the top of campus is also the emporium which has shops and restaurants that are open late if you get a late night hunger.

    Dorm Life

    URI has great dorm life. Staying in a dorm freshman year is definitely a must. That is were you meet your friends that you might have until you graduate and possibly after. Rules in the dorms are not too strict, and RAs are generally nice, as long as you don't plan on causing trouble. They have a 3 strike policy which is very reasonable. There are different types or dorms, suites in which one bathroom is shared between rooms, or regular dorm rooms in which bathrooms are shared with the entire hallway. If a student has a problem with their roommate, there is usually a possibility to switch if things get too bad. Living in a dorm and attending programs held by the RAs is definitely a great thing to do at URI.

    Academic Rigor

    College life can be very stressful at times, and the difficulty of classes depends very much on your major and the teachers. I have had classes in my major that were extremely easy, but other general classes that were difficult and challenging because of the work or sometimes what was expected by the teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try out everything and get involved! There are so many clubs and groups to be a part of, and it does not hurt to try something new. It is a great way to make new friends, find a new passion, or just continue doing something you love.

    In three sentences

    URI is a great size, not too big and not too small. The location is perfect, near the beach, close to the city. Not only is the campus beautiful, but most of the students are really nice.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe, but aye prevention is better than cure right? so be careful still

    Clubs and Activities

    they have great clubs and activities, and this is active

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    What to do for fun

    basketball, soccer, Frisbee, running, sit in the quad and a lot more fun things

    Food and Dining

    great food, different delicacies

    Dorm Life

    Great, but not everthing is perfect, no matter how good it is

    Academic Rigor

    it is a really flexible place, no stiffness or wickedness

    Tips for prospective students

    Why don't you come down here and experience the joy yourself? lol

    In three sentences

    A great school with greater opportunities, they really make everything easier and they are always there to help when you have an issue

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security patrols the campus regularly and there are emergency phones everywhere.

    Greek Life

    There are so many fraternities and sororities on campus and they recruit in the fall and in the spring so if you didn't get in the first time, there's a second chance.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs and activities to name.

    Great for these types of students

    Any of type of student is welcome here. There's something for everyone here. Literally.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school hosts an event called First Night every year where students can sign up for clubs, teams, etc. Free stuff is given out as well as free food. It's a great way to make friends and find your interests.

    Bang for the buck

    Students get discounts on a lot of things on campus from food to game tickets to concert tickets. Sometimes things are given away for free.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs at the school host their own dance parties. Some are even themed. There also tons of other events. It's even fun t just hang out in your dorm with friends eating snacks and watching movies.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat on this campus. It even has an emporium with lots of restaurants. Some of the food is even cooked by the students.

    Dorm Life

    You can get really creative when it comes to dorms. People put up all kinds of awesome decorations. The dorms are comfortable and stylish.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are some of the best. They care about everyone's education and take their jobs seriously. They're willing to offer extra help to those who need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to make friends. Most people on campus are extremely friendly and are more than willing to help. It's easy to make friends on this campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is a great place to be because there's something for everyone here so no one feels out of place. There are so many intelligent people and they're taught by the greatest professors. It's not too big or too small; it's just right.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Obviously Lacking business ethics in their curriculum. see my other comments

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't apply here unless you want to learn how to be unethical.

    In three sentences

    Ive changed my mind about attending here because they obviously do a poor job of teaching business ethics. I researched the Frank Navarro scholarship and found that the fund was set up by his son/URI alum, Ben Navarro. He operates a company called LVNV Funding. Google LVNV Funding and you'll see an endless amount of unethical trash that comes up about this company. My application is cancelled since this school failed to research where they get their scholarship money from. http://advance.uri.edu/quadangles/sum2005/story10.htm

  • 02/08/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Watch out ! they now give guns to Gung Ho campus police. NOT good if you know the type of person who wants to be a BCOC.

    Greek Life

    OFF CAMPUS HOUSING BEST.

    Great for these types of students

    Earthy Conservative Liberals

    Bang for the buck

    Housing is best avoiding Durkin.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach.

    Tips for prospective students

    FRESHMAN Make plans for living OFF CAMPUS. We have a location for a Student /Parent Resort 5 miles from Campus. Yearly bedrooms priced at 1050 each monthly all utilities included. ****Seeking a 25% cash (75-100K) Investor to finalize the deal. **** Resort can house 6-8 Same Gender (Female)students 10 room 6 bed -4 bath house. Paid in advance deposits 5500 down 5000 over 6 months Will be set up as a study first house. With Housemother. Summers included. Car service available. Fantastic Location for parents wishing for safe secure higher learning for the student. Plus a Parent /student vacation B&B June -Sept! contact jerusalemRI@gmail DONT WAIT.

    In three sentences

    SAFE Parking is hard. Beaches are nearby. Rents are HIGH.

  • 02/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    URI is a great home for all different personalities. There are groups for every hobby, life style, and social preference.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best advise for incoming students is to go to class! It's so easy to get out of track with your studies especially for freshman. In high school i was a dedicated student. I rarely let anything distract me from my studies but the freedom of living on campus makes it very easy to get lazy with the school part of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The most difficult part of attending URI for me is the financial aspect. I've had to fight hard to get the financial aid i need to stay enrolled.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus overall is friendly environment. There are plenty of activities on campus to keep busy. The living conditions are great and the people are very welcoming. I've only been living on campus for one semester and i already feel at home.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only completed one full semester at URI but i have already learned a lot. My classes are interesting and my professors are great at giving individual attention to their students.

  • 03/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Rhode Island is great for students who like experiencing all four season, students who love the beach as well as the snow, students who are willing to work for their education and not try to take the easy way out, and students who are looking for a great experience in education and their social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of the events offered, especially in the very beginning of you college experience. When you go to the different job fairs, sorority/fraternity rushes, events in the quad, and club fairs, you get a good feel for what the university is like and it is a great opportunity to meet new people.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition for out of state students is very expensive, even with financial aid and scholarships. With that being said, the education received and experiences that I have so far encountered is definitely worth the money spent to attend this university!

    Am enjoying being here

    Adjusting to the change from being at home definitely took some time, but once you get past all the differences, going to school in Rhode Island definitely has amazing outcomes. The University of Rhode Island is a great environment. Everyone here is nice, helpful, and there are great professors. There are always many different kinds of events going on on campus and off campus. Also the location of the school is about 10 minutes away from the beach, and a half hour away from Providence. With good transportation systems running through the campus, travel around is made very simple.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Rhode Island is a great school to receive an education at. Whether it is a class you are taking as a general education course or a major requirement class, you are guaranteed to walk out of each class having learned something new. You may not realize it when you register for a general education class as a spot filler, that you will actually learn a lot in that class, but you will. Attending the classes, doing the work, studying for exams all help educate you. Also, when you do not understand something, every professor has office hours and are willing to help you until you completely understand it. There are also other sources you can seek on campus in order to get more help and more understanding for any class you may need it for.

  • 08/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    19 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students who are from city, they would feel comfortable, because it a medium size school.

    Bang for the buck

    I like if i wanted to travel abroad then my financial package goes with me.

    Will enjoy being here

    If I am accepted I would feel comfortable on campus, and i would enjoy being there.

    Will learn a lot

    I recently took a tour at URI.... I really enjoyed it!! the professors seem to really interact with the students...and they have many opportunities and connection for internships. they also have an awesome study abroad program

  • 08/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    20 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    URI has generously given me scholarships and grants, which is really helping me financially.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful and I have met only nice people from here.

  • 08/10/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    21 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want: -A great location (half hour to Newport and Jamestown. and 5 mins to the beach) -a pretty campus (many old architectural buildings and plants) -to go to a big school ( 13,000) but still have small individualized classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Dont be afraid to ask your advisors qustions. -Apply for any scholarships you can. -Get proper sneakers, its a huge campus -Have a map on hand the first few weeks of classes. -Explore the town. -Look at the bus schedules if you wont have a car.

    Bang for the buck

    URI in my opinion is very expensive. I've got many loans in process and because I'll be in school for 7 years in order to recieve my doctorate I'll be paying for it later. Although on the bright side URI does offer some scholarships.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm excited to get to the campus and experiance all of the clubs and activities URI has to offer, and there seems to be a huge selection. Also there are many guest apparences which included comedians and concerts. I'm a little worried about getting around the town on weekends without a car but there is a bus schedule that will have to do. My room is a suite so i will be sharing a bathroom with 5 other girls...there's both advantages and disadvantages. But i feel quite lucky because there is only about three dorms that are suite style on campus.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm very excited to be starting my classes in the kinesiology track. I've chosen all challenging courses and I feel as if it will be helpful to me in the future. If you really want a class but the times are conflicting with something that's required don't be afraid to ask your advisor for help. During orientation i had so many question i was literally the last one out of the room. They will help you a lot with any questions you have, don't be afraid to ask.

  • 10/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who plans to major in Engineering (it is an engineering school after all). Anyone who plans to major in Business or the Sciences. Anyone who wants to obtain a taste of Rhode Island. This school is great if you enjoy sports and different events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any student thinking about coming to this University should consider the following: 1) Am I ready to go to college? (no matter where you go, this is extremely important to ask yourself). 2) Am I willing to work hard and persevere in my work? (this does not mean you need to get straight A's. However you do need to remain focused, or it will come back to haunt you). 3) Do I plan to be an engineering, a science, or a business major? (this question may be too early to ask yourself. However since this University focuses on Engineering, Business, and the Sciences make sure you have a particular interest in one of these majors). 4) Have fun!!! (this is college; work hard but enjoy yourself. You do not need to be locked in your room studying 24/7).

    Bang for the buck

    The expenses at this University are far from cheap. That being said, I do not feel that the investment put into this University has gone to waste.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Rhode Island has a great atmosphere, and makes a person feel at home. Being a student who has lived on campus for three years I enjoy walking on campus and looking at the trees, the different buildings, and being able to smell the roses.

    Am learning a lot

    At the University of Rhode Island, I am learning about many topics that I have been interested in and that my high school did not offer. The economics courses and business courses are interesting and make me want to continue to learn more about the subjects. General Education courses are interesting as well.

  • 11/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    apply for early admission you will most likely get extra scholarships if you are accepted

    Bang for the buck

    as a commuter i am going free after scholarships

    Am enjoying being here

    i love the campus!

    Am learning a lot

    the teachers are great and really nice! very easy to understand too!

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    From what I've heard, the Pharmacy Department of URI is one of the best on the East Coast. And from first hand experience, the Engineering Department is great as well. The Business, Nursing, and Music Departments are also quite extraordinary. Honestly, URI is for any student looking for a rural area, with some of the biggest thinkers in the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest actually going to your classes rather than skipping and sleeping in. Don't miss out on the opportunities available on campus, whether they be making friends, joining a club, becoming engaged with campus life, or creating a better environment. Get the most out of your education and start your life out correctly.

    Bang for the buck

    URI is a bit pricey whether you live in-state or out-of-state. However, the teachers, staff, and students alike, the experiences, knowledge, and information gathered over the course of your time there will make everything worth while.

    Am enjoying being here

    URI is a fantastic school. The campus is just the right size, not too overwhelmingly large and not cramped. The diversity and extracurricular activities always keep you engaged while on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes I am taking at the University of Rhode Island are worth while. Some are life changing even, that is if you really enjoy the class. I learn so much from going to class and the Supplemental Instruction hours during the week. Altogether, I know I'm going to succeed from what I learned here at URI.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 110

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are very many clubs at URI. There are so many, that I am still learning about all of them! I am in the process of joining a few, Best Buddies, for example. This club pairs you, the volunteer, up with a person with special needs. You become the person's best buddy for the year, and attend group and individual sessions with him or her. It's great! There are other volunteer organizations, intramural sports, and a variety of academic clubs. URI clubs also put on comedy shows, dances, and other activities. There is so much to do here!

    Food and Dining

    The food at the University of Rhode Island is great. I am a vegetarian and was nervous about eating options upon entering college, but I have encountered no problems. There are so many choices within each dining hall--there are three--that everyone can be satisfied. There are soups on cold days, sandwich stations, home cooked meals, and burger stations among many other things. Breakfast is a hit, too, with all sorts of foods from omelets to danishes. I am very pleased with URI's dining options.

    Dorm Life

    Although I cannot compare dorm life here to anywhere else because this is the only school I have attended, I can certainly say I am pleased with it. At home, I always had my own room and expected to feel cramped with a roommate--let alone two potential roommates. I ended up having two roommates, and I find myself comfortably living with both of them. The room just seems to work! It is a good size, it is warm in the winter, and my RA lives right down the hall if anything goes wrong.

    Academic Rigor

    URI has all sorts of courses to offer, each varying in difficulty depending on individual strengths as well as professor teaching styles. In any case, it is so important to put one's best foot forward in each and every class. With focus, if one tries his or her hardest, I am sure the varying academic rigor will be manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus! At the University of Rhode Island, as well as likely any other college, it is so important to stay on task. We are paying all this money for a reason-to get an education and degree! Many students I have met have found themselves distracted with college life, whether it be staying up too late or the lack of studying, because they are on their own for the first time in their lives. I would like to conclude my advice my reminding prospective students to make the best of their experience here, while remembering why they are here.

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island has provided me with a great start to college! I enjoy going to class and feel as though my advisor really cares to help me. I am very comfortable here.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is very safe there are blue emergency light poles everywhere to push in case of emergency. there is also safe ways of transportation to go around and off campus, as well as the campus police around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    i would recommend attending the university of rhode island, it offers a lot of great and challenging majors and minors as well. it's a friendly environment and the staff on campus are very helpful as well as the advisers for your specific major.

    What to do for fun

    there's plenty of clubs and things to join and get involved with on campus if you have the time. there is also fraternities and sororities on campus that you can pledge to if you're interested in that.

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls are alright, i'd say they are pretty much like any other colleges dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    i live in a double with another girl, my dorm is pretty small and kind of old. the underclassmen dorms could definitely use some fixing and touching up but they are not awful.

    Academic Rigor

    being a biology major is very challenging. this semester i am taking both chemistry and anatomy as well as statistics and a communication class. i expect my course load this semester to be very hard and i will need to study a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you have good time management especially in a challenging major. buy your books used if possible or rent them to save money because the books are very expensive. tour the campus before attending to get a feel for what it's like.

    In three sentences

    uri has a nice campus and its easy to walk and get around campus. the underclassmen dorms are pretty small but are definitely livable. the staff in the university college for underclassmen are very helpful.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    greek life is huge here! a lot of people from my high school joined sororities and love it, and a lot of the friends i have made are part of greek life. i'm actually considering joining this semester.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a wide range of clubs and activities here but i feel like they aren't really advertised enough and don't really seem open to the public.

    What to do for fun

    uri offers a lot of different things to do for its residents and students in downtime. every week an electronic letter is emailed to your school email account with upcoming events and lectures that you can add to your resume, and updating social events. in the resident halls there are bulletins in the bathrooms that are updated weekly as to things to do around campus, such as free ice skating in the boss arena on sundays from 1-5 pm. also uri is heavily into greek life, so there is almost always something going on at a fraternity house.

    Food and Dining

    with two dining halls on campus, hope dining hall seems to be the most popular and i can see why. there are multiple choices for you to choose from at every meal: a sandwich station, burgers and hot dogs, a salad bar, and a homestyle option. there is also always dessert at dinnertime!

    Dorm Life

    personally, i don't live on campus but have a lot of friends who do and have before. i visit my friends all the time; on weekends, in between classes, study dates, etc. and the dorms vary from ghetto gorham to the newer barlow and weldin. it really depends on your major as to where you'll be placed but you can always transfer dorms if you have an issue with a roommate or some other problem.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor at uri is probably the same as it is at any other institution of higher learning. i can't really compare as i am not a transfer student but as long as you do your work and get help when you need it with multiple supplemental instruction meetings, recitations, academic tutoring and second grade options if all else fails.

    Tips for prospective students

    i know it seems like a lot of people are pushing you towards the right college for you, but your compatability with a college depends mainly on your attitude towards the university going into it. a lot of students from rhode island have a negative attitude towards uri because of the amount of rhode islanders that attend school there, but it may be the most financially smart choice for you. my biggest tip is to just stay open minded, it's a big school and you don't have to see anyone you don't want to.

    In three sentences

    my experience at uri has been excellent so far. after my first semester i have fallen in love with the university and the people there. my professors and advisor have been amazing in helping me make the transition from high school to college.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are emergency poles located every 50-100 feet and campus police are always patroling the quad and campus.

    What to do for fun

    attend basketball games, join the pep club, take scuba diving lessons or make a volleyball team with your friends in intermurals.

    Food and Dining

    the food is delicious, customer service is great and the prices are just about right for us college kids. the ram's den and hope commons are the best places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i don't live on campus but from what i've heard the rooms are small and you catch alot of sicknesses.

    Academic Rigor

    go to every class. do your homework, study the recommended hours to get the grades you deserve and talk to your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved, make connections and learn time managament.

    In three sentences

    uri is a great school all around. rated as 15th top college in the u.s it definitely holds up to its standards. the campus is absolutely beautiful, the professors are insightful and helpful and the people there are very nice.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    uri holds campus safety among its top priorities. there is always an emergency tower in sight and uri police are always patrolling the university. the campus is very safe as it is.

    Greek Life

    there is a great greek life presence at uri and every year, hundreds of students join the greek community through the rush process.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are hundreds of clubs, sports, and activities available at uri. if you can't find one you like, any student can form their own club too.

    Great for these types of students

    uri is great for any time of student and person. the campus is very diverse and greatly accepts all and welcomes everyone. this campus is widely diverse and offers many great experiences for all types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    get to know our cheer. if you don;t know it at sports events, you will stand out.

    Bang for the buck

    uri is ranked among the best for return on investment meaning graduates receive very high salaries as compared to how much they spent on their college education. for in-state students, uri is obviously the bet economic choice in today's economy as well as it is for out-of-state students. uri offers much for the price they ask.

    What to do for fun

    there are many things to do for fun at uri. hanging out with your friends, going to the quad, sports events, concerts, seminars, comedic acts, etc. there are always activities going on all the time like free movies on the quad, dances, and many other events. this is never a boring place to be.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining at uri is second to none. there is everything you could ever want at the two dining halls and the food quality has been rated among the best in the country. it is all you can eat with unlimited entries to the dining halls everyday. also, there are many other places around campus to get a meal, drink, or snack if you are on the go. the dining is amazing here.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms at uri are all very nice and safe. they have been recently renovated and uri is building all new freshman dorms to be opened by next fall. moreover, uri has what is called living learning communities where students in the same major have all the same classes together and also live together in a dorm building. i am currently in the engineering llc and it has been such a big help with my studies and meeting other engineering students. all dorms are key entry only and only residents can enter after 8pm. if a friend wants to visit they have be let in by someone living in that dorm building.

    Academic Rigor

    as an engineering student here at uri, my academic abilities have been greatly tested again and again. the professors at uri expect much from their students and provide a great learning experience, but they are always willing and able to help you when need.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early because many people from around the northeast and the rest of the country apply to become a uri student. also, pick a school that you will feel at home at and feel comfortable living at because this will be your home for at least 4 years. uri has never let me down.

    In three sentences

    this is a great, quaint new england university. if you have always desired to reside in a quiet and small new england town, this is the university to go to. its minutes from the beach and only a short ride to major cities like boston and new york city. the academics, sports teams, and campus make uri a well round contender.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    largest in nation

    Clubs and Activities

    many

    Great for these types of students

    athletic, out doorsy

    Bang for the buck

    if you are in-state its a great value. for out-of-state you can apply for academic scholarships which are rare for non state students in some states

    What to do for fun

    many clubs, activities and sororities and fraternites. beautiful area such as narragansett beaches and newport

    Food and Dining

    great choices

    Dorm Life

    great

    Academic Rigor

    not bad if you do your work

    Tips for prospective students

    decide if you prefer a large camous because this campus is large

    In three sentences

    nice campus, safe campus, great academics and activities

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are emergency phones everywhere on campus.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't sure about joining a fraternity at first, but it was a very good choice. They can help with studying, they offer scholarships periodically, and it is a great way to meet new people.

    What to do for fun

    You can do anything you want in your free time. There is a pool, a gym, Greek life, and plenty of clubs and activities.

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining halls on campus offering many different kinds of foods. Depending on the dining hall the food can be a little poor at times, but there is always a wide variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is actually a lot of fun, provided you get along with your roommate. If you pick your own roommate before moving in you wont have to leave it to chance.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty depends on the class, ranging from very challenging to very easy, but most of them are challenging without being difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get classwork out of the way first and don't leave financial or class issues for later.

    In three sentences

    This is a very nice school, with a tight knit community on campus. This school is a very good value, with people to available to help out every step of the way. It is overall a lot of fun.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Pretty expensive

    What to do for fun

    Going to the beach and enjoying the campus

    Food and Dining

    Food selection for all different types of food

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on where you live

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club and get involved!

    In three sentences

    The University is hard to get use to because of its size. Once you find friends its a lot more fun. It is a really good school for sciences.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel incredibly safe on campus. The campus police are always out and about, making sure every one's doing what they're supposed to. There are blue kiosks scattered throughout campus with buttons and phones to call the police in emergencies, if needed.

    What to do for fun

    I love to hang out with my friends, and watch TV. We go out to eat, take a drive, or play catch on the quad when the weather is nice. Spring brings lots of opportunities to be out in the sun.

    Food and Dining

    URI has awesome meal plans, and plenty of places on campus to eat. Almost every single restaurant and store accepts the RAM account. Everything is super easy and surprisingly delicious for college food! Plus, every place is open and delivers till really late at night.

    Dorm Life

    I had a bit of trouble with the room mate that housing stuck me with in my first semester here, but I was able to room with my best friends this semester. My RA's are sweet and they really care about our safety.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes related to my major are fun, interesting, and informative. My teachers all really care about my success and go out of their way to give me help if I need it. General education classes are sort of boring, but still necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on the big picture. Don't let yourself get carried away. You're in school for a reason. Also, take the bus every now and then when you've got classes up the hill.

    In three sentences

    URI is the greatest decision of my life. I've met wonderful people and I'm enrolled in great classes with plenty of amazing teachers. I couldn't imagine myself at any other school.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety has not been an issue. There are poles set up throughout the campus with call buttons so that someone can be called to assist with car trouble or to walk a student to their car or dorm if they feel unsafe at any time.

    Greek Life

    There are sororities and fraternities on campus. I don't know much about these.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and academic organizations are available. Students are encouraged to join and interact with other students and faculty members.

    Great for these types of students

    Diversity is promoted at the university. All types of students from all orientations are accepted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are clubs of all kinds. Students are encouraged to create new clubs relating to anything that they are interested in. There must be

    Bang for the buck

    A college education is expensive but well worth the cost in the long run. URI is reasonably priced for the education and experiences that the provide. Apply for scholarships and work study programs or apply for a job on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Attend football and basketball games. Join clubs of all kinds. Spend time in the Quad, a grassy area between the main buildings, to enjoy the sunshine. Concerts are also booked on campus at the Ryan Center.

    Food and Dining

    There are dining halls available that you need a prepaid plan to access. There are also many other pizza, sandwhich, and other types of restaurants close by that are reasonably priced.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus so have no experience with the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Advisors will help to guide you on which classes have heavy reading or work loads so that you can try to balance your schedule. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with the studies and work full time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking is an issue for commuting students. If you commute, arrive early so that you have time to walk to class from the large parking lot if necessary. Join clubs and activities for the best experience and opportunities and always meet with an advisor early so you have the best choice of class times.

    In three sentences

    University of Rhode Island's Kingston campus provides exceptional instruction and a variety of networking opportunities. The College of Business has a professional atmosphere. My only issue is the lack of evening and online class offerings.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    24 hour campus police

    Greek Life

    Very important at this school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Soccer, Volleyball, Football, Rugby, Hockey, Basketball

    Great for these types of students

    Theatrical, animated, athletic students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People play Zombies and Aliens and tight rope walk on the quad.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone must experience Ooozeball as part of their experience at URI. Bob Ballard who discovered the Titanic works here.

    What to do for fun

    There is not much available on campus. Many students go home on the weekend or live off campus. Sometimes there are activities going on at the Ryan Center but they are usually very costly. The quad usually has many activities in the spring.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options.

    Dorm Life

    1 star. The dorms really need improvement. There are cockroaches.

    Academic Rigor

    . The science courses I am in are very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive Utilize the resources available. Be assertive with professors.

    In three sentences

    This University provides many research opportunities. The class sizes vary from large lecture halls to small classroom of about 25 students. This public school is very costly for an out of state student.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the bars, eastward and bus trips!

    Food and Dining

    Hope is by far the best!

    Dorm Life

    Some of the freshman dorms suck but you will still have a blast in them.

    Tips for prospective students

    The library will help you a lot!

    In three sentences

    Wide range of different types of organizations to become involved in.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sports, parties and events.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices to pick! There are two dining halls

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is alright. Depends where you are and the people in your hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic is good. Many classes to pick from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like to walk because you will be going up and down since the school is like on a hill.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school!

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Beach

    Food and Dining

    great food

    Dorm Life

    Heard it was good

    Academic Rigor

    Public school, high end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all applications done early.

    In three sentences

    This is a beautiful school, as described to me by my band director, an alumni of URI. The admissions representatives were very nice. There seems to be alot to do.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Check out Bonview or any other night life spot around Narragansett, the people are great and the late night food is even better! If you're ever bored of the night life, check out one of our many beaches or try to go to a party!

    Food and Dining

    Great dining halls! Butterfield and Hope Commons are both delicious and satisfies every need you may have. From pizza to burgers to home cooking, you will never have a day that you can not find something amazing to eat. If you ever get bored of the dining halls, try out the emporium!

    Dorm Life

    No offense to the university, but the dorms are pretty ugly! They're very outdated and smelly but when you get to be a junior, it's the greatest feeling to get to live in the best housing on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes may come across as easy at first, but as you continue your studies at the University of Rhode Island, you will see the academic rigor intensifies as you go on.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend you bring or buy rainboots! Nothing is worse than having to sit through an hour and a half lecture while your feet feel like they're walking through a swamp! Do not fall victim to the freshman fifteen, because we have a wonderful gym...so use it!

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is a great place to start new beginnings as well as being close to many things that make you feel at home. You will make new friends here, and they will last a lifetime. The beauty of the Ocean State surrounds URI at every point and you will never feel a more welcoming feeling when you see the words, welcome to the University of Rhode Island.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are out and visible. Emergency phones are located throughout the campus and RAs as well as counseling is available for various situations that can occur on college campuses.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is pretty active on campus. The rivalry and friendships between them is always nice to see and something great to be a part of here on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost everything ranging from surfing to anime.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone can find somewhere to be on campus and feel accepted regardless of the time of day

    Bang for the buck

    If you come into URI with a game plan and know where you want to be and find people who are like minded and want to succeed there is no reason why every single one of your tuition dollars would not be put to good use!

    What to do for fun

    You can take a walk on the quad, go to the pool, workout, socialize, head over to the gym, attend concerts, go to the city or just whatever scheme you and your friends decide to get into is always fun

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have pretty good. After a while it gets a little old so people come up with random combinations of the various things offered here so dont be surprised if you see something new and wonder how it was made.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is pretty active. No one stays in their room for too long. Buildings can range from quiet and studious one hour to live and social the next. You never know what to expect here and thats what makes it fun.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what major you choose but each major has it's own tough classes and professors

    Tips for prospective students

    Just come in ready to learn and expand your horizons. Step out of your comfort zone and do things that challenge you on every level

    In three sentences

    URI is a beautiful place to be and is meant for determined individuals. The campus is beautiful and the academic programs are top notch. It is impossible to not succeed if you show up with the right mindset

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone from science nerds to business majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a yearly oozeball competition, and a bonfire after every homecoming game

    What to do for fun

    Sports games and concert tickets are sold at a discount to students

    Dorm Life

    Cannot rate adequately, I never lived on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get caught up in so many extra curricular activities that it detracts from the education.

    In three sentences

    URI is a fantastic school for a diverse range of students. The science programs are very vigorous and there are many chances to become involved in research programs. There are many chances to be involved in extracurricular clubs and sports.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Really safe campus. Nothing to worry about.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is high for out of state students but compared to other schools, URI is a good value.

    Food and Dining

    Some schools are much worse and some schools are better. The food at URI is pretty good. Decent variety, generally no lines.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life. Some rooms are tripled which really isn't as bad as it sounds.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive in meeting new people. Some are discouraged in beginning since it may be hard to find parties, friends, things to do etc. for a few days, but all that will come with time.

    In three sentences

    A great school with a large student body with a smaller university feel. I love going to school at URI and couldn't see myself anywhere else.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are located at Fraternity Circle, the Fire Department is located at the Fine Arts Center at the top of campus and the medics are located at the bottom of campus on Flagg Road. URI also contains blue emergency buttons throughout the entire campus in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    Honorary, professional and social sororities and fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    URIGHT Ghost Hunting Team Marching Band Concert Band Pep Band Kappa Kappa Psi Tau Beta Sigma Volleyball Soccer Lacrosse Swimming and Diving Baseball Softball Equestrian Rowing Team Football Basketball Track and Field Cross Country Psychology Club Theater Vocal Clubs ....And many more

    Great for these types of students

    Honorary Fraternities and Sororities Social Fraternities and Sororities Professional Fraternities and Sororities

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Memorial Union is filled with club and organizations throughout the week and is also filled with information about incoming meetings and events. Inside the Union, there are also services to help replace missing student IDs, give directions, have hours of buses, and provide other information. The Union is also home to the Ram's Den, a food court that hosts a deli, a Chinese restaurant, a grill, a hot foods stand and a variety of other snacks and drinks. The Ram's Den provides one free combo meal to every student from Monday through Friday and also allows for great friends to meet for breakfast. lunch or dinner between classes from 7:30am to 7pm. The campus also contains a place known as the Emporium, which is located on Upper College Road. The Emporium is home to several delicious restaurants, a tattoo studio, laundry cleaner, coffee shops, Bubble Tea, CVS and a bookstore. When dining halls are closed for the night, it is best to quench your appetite with food until as early as 3am.

    Bang for the buck

    Band camp allows for the early move-in of URI students participating in the URI Marching Band. Early move-in allows for students to learn their way around the campus, connect with old and new friends, and develop a passion for a new lifelong activity.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is filled with a variety activities, including: Greek life; musical organizations such as: marching band and pep band; humans vs. zombies; ghost hunting; sports and many other organizations. The campus is filled with fun activities for anyone and everyone. On Saturdays in the fall semester, URI hosts a football game, where the Rhode Island Rams play to their victory with the support of the RAM Marching Band, cheerleaders and URI Dance Team.

    Food and Dining

    URI is home to two main dining halls, Hope and Butterfield (Butt as students call it). Hope is open for lunch and dinner, and closes around 8:00pm. On weekends, it is the only dining hall open to students, and opens for brunch at 11:30am, closes for a few hours and reopens for dinner. Hope offers holiday specials; cereal and other breakfast foods; freshly made sandwiches; burgers, hot dogs and sinfully delicious fries and rings; as well as soups, pasta and a small assortment of desserts. Butterfield is filled with delicious omeletes, pastries and belgian waffles for breakfast. Lunch and dinner are filled with fruitful tacos, pasta, freshly made sandwiches, main dishes, desserts, ice cream and friendly people. Butterfield is open from 7am to 7pm and is unfortunately closed on weekends to all students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is one of the hardest adjustments in any and every university experience. Freshman year has proven to be difficult with the roommate process, but the most important rule in freshman year is to keep an open mind and meet new people. It is best to be open and honest when filling out the roommate survey online because dishonesty can cause the mispairing of individuals which can cause problems between roommates. At URI, dorms are filled with fun and loving people that participate in group activities and trips to restaurants, the beach, the Quad or volunteer opportunities. The university also provides laundry machines and vending machines within the dorm buildings and RAs are available at any hour to help out individuals who lock themselves out of their room, need assistance, or to quiet a noisy room or floor.

    Academic Rigor

    At the University of Rhode Island, the difficulty or easiness of classes is dependent on the professor or the material. Before choosing a class, research the professor on ratemyprofessor.com and determine their teaching style, likability, relatability and whether the textbook is necessary for the class. After you enroll in a class, take advantage of the professor's office hours and attend SI (tutoring) sessions to increase your overall grade in the class. It is also important to remember that this university also contains a twenty-four hour room available for work and study throughout the entirety of the week.

    Tips for prospective students

    When getting a fresh start and entering the life of a university, it is best to keep an open mind and learn how to balance work, your studies, family, friends and fun! A great individual is one who is well- rounded and balanced in all that they do! Also, take advantage of all services that the university offers because every resource is helpful to any and every situation you will be in!

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is a diverse and adventure-filled university that offers a variety of majors and activities for a variety of people. It is a place where people get to live among one another and meet new people, as well as remain nearby old friends. It is a university that allows individuals to grow and develop new lifelong interests that can change a person completely.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We not only have our campus police, but we also have the town police just a short distance away.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have many types of clubs for each person at the university.

    Bang for the buck

    You most definitely get your moneys worth at this school.

    What to do for fun

    We have volleyball nets and everything you could imagine to have fun on campus. Work out in the gym, take a run around the quad, or watch a movie for free in the library. There is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The foot provided in the cafeterias is great. There are so much different stations with different types of food so there is something for everyone. We also have different little stores and cafe's encase you're on the run to class.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is the best way to meet other people. It's a lot of fun and many things to do each night.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you go to class, study hard, and do all the work, you will excel as a student at URI.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up in high school. The University of Rhode Island is not easy to get into so you need a good GPA. Go to the orientation to learn what we are all about here at URI and make sure to tour the campus to see what it offers.

    In three sentences

    Students come from a variety of different countries offering a diverse campus. URI has many student organizations so there is a place for every person on campus. This university offers so much and I can't wait to go back in the fall.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The MOB is awesome.

    What to do for fun

    Lay out on the quad, play volleyball, hang with friends in the Union.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore your options. Figure out possible majors to talk to you counselors about.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, wonderful people, and helpful professors. I wouldn't have chosen to go anywhere else.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I would say URI is a very good value for an in-state student. I don't know how the out-of-state fees hold up against similar schools.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs and activities to get involved with on campus. In the warmer months, URI is only a short drive to the beach and they offer lots of day trips like whale watching. There is a regular bus to Rhode Island's capitol, Providence, which has a pretty big mall and a local visual display/event called waterfire that happens during the year. Definitely worth checking out at least once if you haven't seen it before.

    Food and Dining

    I've heard others say bad things about the dining at URI, but I really enjoyed it. You can get pretty much anything you want in the dining hall, from egg white omelets, to fresh waffles, customized subs, gyros and more. If you get bored with that, there is a small plaza with a good variety of take-away and eat-in options, and the school's own Ram's Den which features burgers, fried goods, sandwiches and more.

    Dorm Life

    I plan on commuting from now on, but I lived in one of the newer dorms and it was pretty nice inside. Maybe we were just lucky, but we didn't have any loud or annoying neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard for me to judge this. Most of the classes I've taken were gen. eds, and although they were not incredibly rigorous, it's important to attend class and keep up with the work given.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class! Try to stay motivated, and get involved with other students and activities outside of class. It's easy to lose interest if you don't have a good support group.

    In three sentences

    I attended URI for 1 year but couldn't figure out what I wanted to do, so now, several years later, I'm going back. They made the process very easy for me and have been available throughout the summer to answer my questions and help me get started with picking out classes and financial aid. The phone system can be a little challenging and sometimes you get transferred around to each department, so it can be easier to go to campus and sort things out in person if you are having trouble.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    URI definitely makes your safety their priority. No matter where you stand on campus there will be a call box in sight, maybe even several. These call boxes have blue lights where you can access the campus police in just a push of a button. They also keep every student updated frequently by email if anything suspicious has occurred on campus or if there is anything you must be aware about in general.

    What to do for fun

    Every day and night there is ALWAYS something going on at URI, you will never be bored or lonely. During the day the quad is usually the hang out spot, it's so relaxing to just sit there during a beautiful day and study, do homework, or just to hang out with friends in general. The quad usually hosts special events periodically ranging from concerts to movie nights to hemp fest, it's a lot of fun. There's also the Ryan Center on campus which hosts sporting events, Day Glow, concerts, the circus, stand up comedians, etc. And if all else fails there's always events on certain nights in your own dorm building like pizza night, sundae night, movie night, etc.

    Food and Dining

    URI has two different dining halls, Butterfield and Hope. They both are buffet style and offer a huge variety of food. Dinner and lunch specials change everyday but they have certain stations open everyday consistently such as a salad bar, cereal station, pasta station, taco and grilled station, omelette station, and pizza station. They also have the Rams Den where you can get one meal for free everyday and it has uno's pizza, Chinese food, burgers,etc. Rhody Market located next door from Hope also has great food ranging from Starbucks coffee to mozzarella sticks to pizza to frozen yogurt. Compared to high school cafeterias these dining halls are five star restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    URI has the typical college dorms, they're nothing to brag about but they could be way worse. Typically for freshman you will be in a triple with two other roommates with bunk beds. It isn't a huge room so don't get your hopes up on having a lot of space, but it is livable and I assure you after the first week you will completely be used to it. They do have very hollow walls unfortunately, I could hear my neighbors cough when they were sick during the winter for example that's probably the worst part. You will also have to share 4 showers and bathrooms amongst around 20 other people. They aren't co-ed though so girls will be with girls and boys with boys. They will be messy people do puke everywhere and miss the toilet, it happens you'll get used to it. The bright side is dorm life only gets better after freshman year. URI does offer apartments with your own kitchen and bathroom, so suck it up for one year and you won't regret it. The good thing about freshman dorms is that's where you meet all new people in your hall and make all new friends. The first month or so your dorm building does have activities so you meet everyone and get acquainted believe me it helps make a lot of new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    URI has it's range of difficult and challenging courses just like any other university. Regardless if you consider the class challenging or not, the work load will be excessive. Professors will decide to have you write papers several times a week, you will have random quizzes, and be given extensively long tests on material the teacher didn't even teach you; you actually need to read the books! That's the key factor in being successful in most classes at URI, you MUST read the material on your own because the professors WILL expect you to know it. Now not all classes are like that you will be given a syllabus for each class at the beginning of each semester so you will know what you will be getting yourself into. Most professors are straight forward and set their expectations right away. Live by the syllabus and you'll have no problems. Just remember you're not in high school anymore, they will NOT accept anything late believe me I know this by personal experiences.

    Tips for prospective students

    URI is a huge campus located on a hill. Each class requires a good ten minute walk from one to another, so if the outdoors and daily exercise isn't your thing I STRONGLY suggest visiting the campus before making any decisions. Once you've officially decided URI is for you, DO NOT lose focus of your main goal at URI. You are going there to study and learn, NOT party. I must admit there will be a lot of social gatherings but you must stay on top of your school work and stay focused. It is VERY easy to fall behind in class, just by missing on day of class. You won't have your parents or professors nagging you to do your work or go to class and you will be tempted to party over studying. Biggest mistake you can make, URI does NOT play games they will quickly put you on academic probation and will not hesitate by any means to kick you out, I have seen it happen on several occasions. If you are falling behind or need help, seek it. Your professors and advisor want you to succeed, so use all of the resources you're paying for at URI.

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is a very diverse and accepting campus. They have an extraordinary variety and range of classes, students, and organizations/sports/clubs to suite any race,ethnicity, orientation, and interest of any student. You may be one out of a thousand at URI, but they make an effort to make your voice stand out and be important.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you like being outside like me you can go take a walk in the North Woods, go to beach, go hiking in many of the parks close by. If that's not for you then you can always drive up or take a bus to Providence and spend a day/night in the city. One of the perks of being in the smallest state is that it only takes about an hour to go from one end of the state to the other.

    Food and Dining

    When it comes to food I think the school does offer many choices for students. However, like the dorms the meal plans are overpriced. That aside even if you are really picky and don't like any of the food offered on campus you can always go up the hill to the emporium which has many places to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    From what I saw many of the dorms were small, and uncomfortable. For the cost of living on campus I think students deserve better. I have lived off-campus for most of my time here and I love it. However, they are in the process of building new dorms so who knows maybe those will be a lot better.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the courses will be different from major to major. From my experience if you take the time to study and put effort into seeking help understanding the subject matter then you can do well no matter how hard a course is. It can be hard but it is not impossible to complete all the homework, assignments, and projects assigned.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you pay attention to all of the costs (in-state/out-state tuition, meal plans, dorms, etc.) because they really add up. If you get a chance take a tour of the campus. Lastly, if it is possible look into off-campus housing as it is a lot cheaper and more comfortable in my opinion.

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island has a wide variety of classes and majors to choose from. I am a Wildlife and Conservation major and many of my classes have lessons outside the classroom providing me with hand-on experience. Also, many of the courses have more than one professor teaching them giving you an opportunity to take it with someone else if the their teaching style is not for you.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The URI police does an excellent job creating a safe working/studying atmosphere. Throughout my entire tenure here at URI I have not felt threatened for my safety or the safety of others.

    Greek Life

    Greek life accounts for approximately 15% of the student population with over 1,700 active members. It is an awesome way to create life long networks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 75 clubs and organizations any student can be apart of. Find the one for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students majoring in pharmacy and engineering as URI specializes in these fields.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    RHODY! RHODY! RHODY! RAMS! RAMS! RAMS!

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately you do not necessarily get the bang for your buck here at URI with tuition costs increasing the past four years to in-state and out of state- students.

    What to do for fun

    With over 2 state beaches only 15 minutes away from campus swimming is always an option here at URI (surfers are welcomed too)! There are also many events set up by the student entertainment committee including awesome concert lineups, including: Lupe Fiasco, J. Cole, DJ Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Neon Trees, and more!

    Food and Dining

    Food at the URI dining halls is top notch. Definitely one of the best amongst other Rhode Island schools. The All You Can Eat set up and variety of food certainly puts URI over the top.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at URI is an amazing tool for meeting new people. It's as easy walking down your hall! Unfortunately some of the older buildings are a bit worn down and unkempt.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly difficulty does depend on the major but for the most part it is no cake walk when trying to graduate from URI. Teachers challenge students to achieve new levels academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending URI be sure to have healthy study habits. It is easy to get caught up as a socialite and abandon school work.

    In three sentences

    URI is a school where students are challenged to think for themselves. While students are busy with academics socializing is not a problem. Great networking opportunities present themselves as a student goes along his/her academic career.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I looked at a pamphlet and asked my cousin, who happens to be a URI alumn, abou the different things thy have available for fun. Almost every week there's something going one, whether it's an event at the nearby beach or trips to neighboring states and cities or oncampus events like concerts, parties and club held events. I'm excited about first night, zombies vs. humans, rush week and trips to NYC and Boston.

    Food and Dining

    I liked the food. It was no home cooked meal, but what campus dining hall on the face of the earth cooks the exact same meals, down to the ingredients, as your mother or guardian does. The meals were delicious and filling. There were varieties of different types of styles of food. There's something for everyone; vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters and even picky eaters.

    Dorm Life

    I liked the size of the dorm I slept in for orientation and the size of the dorm my cousins slept during TD, which is a talent development program. All three dorms were a decent size for a 3 person occupied room. There were enough space for everyone's belongings and the bathrooms weren't far from the rooms. Also there was a lounge room on the floor of each of the dorm buildings I've seen/visited.

    Academic Rigor

    Well I haven't started classes, but after orientation and asking previous students about the academic rigor, I've realized that it's just like most college. It all depends on the student. If you don't put much effort into your studies or focus on your academics, it'll seem hard and if it seems hard if you do the complete opposites then their are different learning departments on campus that will be glad to help you with any subject and academic hardship.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest you visit the school during the school year so you can beta feel of the classes and dorm rooms while they are occupied by students. I also suggest you take a tour so you can get a feel of how far the classroom buildings and dinning halls are from each other.

    In three sentences

    When I went to the overnight orientation I felt at home and didn't even realize I was away from home. The campus is beautiful and the faculty and staff are friendly. The dorm rooms are nice compared to the dorms rooms I seen at the other colleges and universities I visited.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food during orientation was good. A lot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms look to be livable however I have concerns with a few of the older ones.

    Academic Rigor

    It seems there will be some easy classes along with some difficult ones.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Quad

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs, stores and food joints

    Food and Dining

    So many choices! Burgers, sandwiches, soft serve ice cream, soda machines with healthy choices like salads and fruits too

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Don't be afraid to try something different! You never know what you will get out of your experience. 2. Manage your time well, and get your work done on time...be responsible for yourself. 3. Work and study hard!

    In three sentences

    URI has a beautiful, spacious, clean campus. URI has so many extra-curricular activities and clubs to meet new people and try new things. URI has many friendly, helpful faculty and staff members that seem always willing to lend a hand!

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are movie nights and other campus events. If it's nice enough, you can drive down to the beach and hang out. There are restaurants in the Emporium for a change. If you're 21, there are bars pretty nearby.

    Food and Dining

    The selection of meal plans offer a variety to not only students living on campus, but also to commuters. The food selection is great, and meals are available for meal plan holders in 3 locations.

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are your best bet for acceptable conditions. However, not everyone is that lucky to get in the newer dorms. Most of the dorms have looked the same since the 60's and 70's, so be warned that they're not the elite dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors, some more than others, have high expectations for students within their classes. Work varies by class and professor, but once in the 300 and 400 level classes, the rigor is a much higher degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make advising appointments, or email advisers if you have ANY questions. Better to ask than not know.

    In three sentences

    URI has a wide variety of classes and majors. The adviser's within specific majors are extremely helpful in keeping you on track. The atmosphere is great for a typical New England college experience.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has alert poles everywhere, where a person can call for a ride if they feel unsafe walking at night and there are always security cars patrolling the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs, and there are things from Religious groups to clubs about scuba diving.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are plenty sororities with weird traditions, and the Quad is a little grass area in the middle of the field, that is used from a tan area to a place where people play Frisbee and sometimes there are countless people doing a bunch of different things at the same time.

    Bang for the buck

    It is not the most economical campus, but you meet a lot of great people and you gain a great experience.

    What to do for fun

    Like i said before, meeting people and hanging in the Quad (middle of campus field) is always fun and also there's a beach not too far away, and there are countless clubs to keep students busy.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different Dining Halls and there is also the Emporium that includes different restaurants such as Subway, a pizza parlor, a Chinese restaurant etc there are many options, it just depends on a persons preference

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, like any other college has to be one of the best parts of college life. There are tons of people, and you will constantly be meeting new people every single day, from different dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor depends a lot of your major. Many of the classes will be hard, because obviously it is college, but there are tutors for every subject and many people ho do whatever it takes to help a student understand their courses and pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Student who come to University of Rhode Island have to get use to a lot of walking, since it is a big campus. There are plenty of clubs to join, and many people to meet. Not all classes are small, but they are not all huge classes either.

    In three sentences

    University of Rhode Island is a very big campus with tons to do. University of Rhode Island provides it's student with a wide variety of programs that relate to every students preference. University of Rhode Island provides a great atmosphere and faculty that actually care about the success of their students.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    With 2 unlimited dining halls and 1 that you can get take-out at, students are never bored with food at URI. A variety of options prevents you from getting sick of the same old thing.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms can be a hit or miss for older students, but it's all what you make of it. Almost all of freshman housing is newly built within the past few years so nothing to worry about there, they are all great.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors try to challenge you but they are always there for help when you need it. Very understanding and committed to the students success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to new people! Freshman year is a time when everyone is open to meeting others so the more social you are the better your college experience will be.

    In three sentences

    A great school for students who are determined to achieve their dream career but also have some fun along the way. A friendly and accepting environment for all types of students. The location is great as it's near Providence but far enough away that you get a great campus experience.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life is a very big part of this school. Much of the student body are members of Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities this school provides. From ghost hunting to fencing to intramural hockey; you name, we have it!

    Bang for the buck

    The emporium at the top of campus caters to many different ethnic cuisines at affordable prices for college students!

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun at this school. One can simply go to the quad and play Frisbee, tan, or even do his or her homework.

    Food and Dining

    The food at this school is great. There is a wide variety of cuisines and the workers/cooks are willing to accommodate menus for students!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is always fun. Dorms are one's home away from home. The dorm lifestyle at this school is very lively although most students move off-campus after freshmen year.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor all depends on one's major.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, it would be greatly advise you to get involved in the activities that the school provides. Whether it be intramural sports, Greek life, or clubs everyone should take the opportunity to get involved!

    In three sentences

    I am proud to say that i am a current student at the University of Rhode Island. Unlike most schools, this school's campus is very diverse which makes it easy for everyone to find their niche. Along with the helpful advisers, great professors, and flexible course options, one could not go wrong with choosing to attend this school.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is great. They are always around and if you cant find one there are big post that have blue buttons. With one push of the button campus security will then be able to find you.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Clubs at URI are Called ORGs (Organizations) we do amazing activities that usually involve giving back to them who have less then us. we have fun and throw parties also. along with parties we also study together, its like a mini family on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students. Like i stated before there's a places for everyone and anyone to feel like they fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have first night and org night. First night is to help the freshmen students fall in love with the campus. we also have ORG Night (organization night) where all the organizations on campus get together and play games, it gives you a chance to bond with your fellow peers.

    Bang for the buck

    The money i pay for school is more than worth it for the education i am receiving. But with your student ID there is a possible discount around every corner.

    What to do for fun

    For Fun, i have Joined Organizations. I am a PINK women and A CVSA member. These groups do fun things and i never have a dull moment when i am with my organization.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls here are amazing, they always have a different selection that can make you feel right at home. There is also places that stay open till 1am. So if your hungry there is always a place where you can eat no matter the time or day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life all depends on you. If you like to party they have people who party. If you like to study they have people who study, you just have to find your group of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    School is hard, just stay prepared. Make sure you have everything you need for every class. Falling behind just a little bit can be the reason you can possible fail a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Organized, Get Busy. The busier you are the better your chances are to do well, but you can only do well if your organized. college is hard but if your organize your life you can make it through it, in one piece.

    In three sentences

    This school is great, with the small amount of diversity on campus it could be hard to feel like you belong. With that the campus make sure there is an organization or group where you can feel like you belong. When you feel like you belong your academics sky rocket.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus, and if you're worried about walking somewhere late at night, you can get an escort from campus security.

    Greek Life

    There are several fraternities and sororities to choose from, so you're sure to find one that's right for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramural club teams are awesome because it's a fun way to stay active and hang out with friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Studying in the gardens near the greenhouse.

    Bang for the buck

    Great university, regardless of the price, but it is more reasonable than private schools and you get just as good of an education.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club team, go to the beach, hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    I've only eaten in the dining hall a few times, but I always thought the food was good and there were tons of options.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm, but I've heard nothing but positive reviews from my friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, but not so hard that I spend my whole semester studying and I feel like I will be well prepared for my career. Obviously some of your classes will be in a big lecture hall, but classes for your major will be smaller and more personalized.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider moving off-campus as an upperclassman and renting a house in Narragansett or Bonnet Shores with friends. You'll be closer to the beach and have more room and freedom.

    In three sentences

    URI offers a beautiful campus, engaging classes and awesome professors. There is always something to do on campus and Providence is only a 25 minute drive.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have there own EMS and Fire station right on campus, and you constantly see the campus police driving around.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and something for everyone. Great school for people who enjoy the outdoors

    Great for these types of students

    People who dont mind walking up a gaint hill every day. (you have great calves but the end of the first year).

    What to do for fun

    The Clubs here are great with keeping you busy. And Rams tours has a bus going somewhere just about every weekend for a low cost for students. And Newport, the beach and Providence are just a quick bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    Great selection and most food doesn't taste like it was mass produced. One complaint is that the dining halls can become crowded and the lines can can get crazy. Another minor issue is the wacky hours the halls have but with your dining plan you can get a easily get a grab and go meal when ever you want.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are a lot nicer than others but its college and one should not expect to be living in a castle. The RA's are great in the freshmen dorms. They are extremely helpful and plan tons of small activities to do at night to help meet your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Very wide variety of types of classes and majors you can take. And its like High School some classes are harder than others.

    In three sentences

    Its a beautiful campus! Great Professors, who are always willing to help and want to know their students. Dining halls are a bit annoying but have great food.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oozeball - A rowdy game of volleyball played in the mud!

    What to do for fun

    I like to go down to Peckham Farm and visit the animals.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a commuter, come early to park!

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is a very good school to attend. The professors are intelligent and attentive, but sometimes they have a hard time relating to students and getting their point across.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are lots of sports to go to and concerts on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of places to choose from when dining. The hours are good so you can eat just about any time.

    Dorm Life

    Our dorm is the oldest so it's not the best but we have our own bathroom which is a definite plus.

    Academic Rigor

    I study alot to keep up with assignments. Some students skip classes and party and their grades are low.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you want a large school because there are about 3,000 fresheman.

    In three sentences

    URI has a nice campus and the food is decent. It is a big school and there are lots of activities. So far it has been a positive experience for me.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Overall safe campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is absolutely huge at URI but is not for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs, find the right one for you

    Bang for the buck

    Good instate tuition but on campus housing is outrageously expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Emporium for food. Sporting events. Tons of fun concerts!

    Food and Dining

    Overall, the food isn't terrible. I transferred here and the food at my old school was absolutely terrible so I am thankful for the food at URI. It's not as terrible as it could be.

    Dorm Life

    The new dorms are awesome but the older ones are absolutely unbearable! I lived in Burnside for a week and had to move out because it was so disgusting.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging at times but not all of the classes are terribly difficult. Don't expect all of the general education classes to be easy either. I expected to take geology for an easy A and ending up failing the first test.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a visit to URI and be sure to sleep in a dorm and eat the food. Walk around (especially up the hills) to get a feel for daily life on campus.

    In three sentences

    Great university with gorgeous beaches and a very scenic campus. Classes are good. Professors are of average quality.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the cannon on the quad

    Food and Dining

    the food is not the best but also not the worst can be worked around many different option available.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are not so bad, i personally like the suit style ones better than the ones with the hall way bathrooms.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you plan out your payment plan a head of time to the term bill does not become a stressor in your academic abilities.

    In three sentences

    the university of Rhode island is a university with many opportunities and great professors. the campus is beautiful and has everything we need in walking distance. offers a transportation bus right on the campus to take you around if you do not want to walk.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are never any severe incidents at URI. There are many security boxes located on campus that serve for the purpose of emergency. There is also a police station on campus with police that patrol regularly, URI is not a dangerous campus at all.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a huge organization at URI. There are over 20 different sororities and fraternities on campus. Greek Life hosts many fundraising events and participates in many activities on campus to entertain the student body and raise money. All of the chapters on campus are national so they are very well known. There is a sorority or fraternity on campus for any type of student- everyone finds a group in Greek Life that they fit in with. Greek Life is huge at URI.

    Clubs and Activities

    When students get involved in clubs and extracurricular activities on campus there will always be something for them to do, along with there always being new people to meet. Getting involved on campus determines how good of a time the students here will have, since it is a big University, unless students know a lot of people, the main source of fun and activities usually runs through clubs and activities that pertain to the students interests or hobbies.

    Great for these types of students

    URI is a great school for students that would like to get away from the city and be somewhat secluded, it is also a beautiful campus. Students that do not mind change or being surrounded by a lot of new people will adjust just fine here. Students must be able to keep up with their school work and should take interest in getting involved around campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are not any unusual locations on campus and any traditions that take place usually pertain to Greek Life.

    Bang for the buck

    Many consider the school to be pricey, but from the experiences that students receive (both academically and socially) the price is most definitely worth it, if students can balance their social life and academics then the experience at URI will most definitely be that of a lifetime.

    What to do for fun

    There are always options for entertainment on campus. There are all kinds of clubs and organizations for students to join, if they choose not to join, the clubs are always organizing concerts and events for the rest of the student body to attend. Something is always going on on campus, and even if students do not feel like staying on campus, there is a lot to do in Narragansett or Providence, which are not located very far from the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at URI are remarkable. Mainfaire dining hall has won many awards for the amazing food that they serve. The food served on campus is not like other college dining hall meals, many options are available to students at all times, allowing almost anything that a student would want to eat to basically be at their fingertips. Never will one feel as if they are in need of a homecooked meal because they are always available!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at URI are nothing to be afraid of, they are all clean and are cleaned regularly by the janitors. It is very easy to develop relationships with the majority of the people living in your dorm building as everyone is very friendly and open to meeting new people. The new residence hall that was just constructed, Hillside Hall, is absolutely gorgeous!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major and the courses that are taken, classes can be very easy or rather difficult. No matter what the difficulty level of the course may be, it is important to stay devoted, no classes are beneficial if students slide through them without doing anything. The honors program is remarkable- the classes focus less on busy work, as most honors courses do not, and focus mainly on getting the students to think critically and enable them to engage in conversation and argument.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since the school has a rather large number of students, future students will enjoy their time spent at URI the most if they get involved in something that interests them. But while there are many social activities, it is very important to keep devoted to classes, they are not the simplest, but they are most definitely doable. Time management is key!

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is a beautiful school. There are many opportunities for the students to get involved whether they join a sports team, a fraternity or sorority, or clubs. Apart from the social availabilities, the classes and professors are excellent!

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The emporium has fun shops and restaurants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and read.

    In three sentences

    URI has great faculty and staff. The psychology program in particular offers amazing opportunities. The campus in Kingston is absolutely beautiful.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe from what I've experience

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide-range of activities to make some friends and have fun. It helps discover yourself more

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is almost reasonable for in-state students I wouldn't recommend going for the first two years if you don't a lot of financial aid, or do not wish to have a lot of loans. I am struggling with my tuition and applying for loans even though I have a 10k scholarship

    Food and Dining

    The food is very delicious at URI. You can eat as much as you want at the dining halls until you leave.

    Dorm Life

    There is a various number of dorm building for students. The Ra's are quite nice and always there for you. You may have a few problems, such as the bathroom, with hall mates if you have a community bathroom. The quiet hours are always occurs after 11 o'clock. If you have a problem with your dorm building or roommate, you can request to switch rooms or dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, how much you can handle, and your study method, this university may or may not be for you. Nursing program is very stressful for me due to a lot of memorization and studying

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It can get pricey, especially for out of state, but there is lots of opportunity for aid.

    What to do for fun

    The surrounding towns have so much to offer, beaches, bars, and restaurants to name a few things. If you are still on campus there is always sport games, concerts and events planned throughout the week. Also with a huge list of clubs, there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Hope and Butterfield is your typical college dining hall food. At the top of campus is the Emporium which offers a nice change of pace with places like International Slice, Peking Tokyo, Subway, and others. However, meals up there coast close to ten dollars usually so you can see the cash disappear quite fast.

    Dorm Life

    As a transfer student I did not have to spend my time in the dorms. I have friends in them who say many aren't bad, and the new Hill Side dorm for pharmacy students is gorgeous. Most students though move off campus to Narragansett, Matunuck, and Point Judith for greater freedom and a cheaper housing expense.

    Academic Rigor

    It differs from major to major, as an engineering student all I can say is it certainly doesn't get easier as you go on. Yet, there is a lot of opportunities to get help and work closely with fellow students to do well. Just like with anything you have to work for, you get out what you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University College is a great place to test the waters if you are unsure of your degree program. As you progress into your degree program, the class sizes get smaller and you will begin to know your teachers better which is great for networking. Make sure to check out the surrounding area: the surf is great, Narragansett has tons to do and Providence/ Boston are only short rides away.

    In three sentences

    Excellent school with a variety of top notch degree programs, and lots of opportunities for students to get involved both in school and out. In addition, the school is surrounded by a wealth of things to do: from the pristine beaches, to the the city of Providence and more. The University of Rhode Island is the complete package!

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Tuition here is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do at the University of Rhode Island. You can attend sporting events, events at the Ryan Center such as concerts and comedy shows featuring popular singers and comedians, you can take trips to Newport, Providence, and Boston with transportation provided by the school, there are popular restaurants near the campus, the beaches in Narragansett are only ten minutes away, and shopping is great in this area with several local shopping attractions and malls.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is great at URI. There are many places to eat including the emporium, Rams Den, Rhody Market, and the two dining halls. The dining halls provide many different options including fresh fruit, a salad bar, a sandwich bar, burgers and hot dogs, tacos, pizza, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be either great or bad depending on the people you are surrounded by. I personally have a good dorm life because I get along with my roommate. My dorm is usually quiet which is good when I need to study. Most dorms, however, can be noisy and have a party atmosphere, which may not be bad if that is what you like. The appearance and sanitation of the dorms is good. You can live in a dorm that has hallway bathrooms or a suite which has two rooms connected by a shared bathroom. The upper-class man dorms are very nice. They were recently updated/constructed. These dorms can provide a kitchen and a small living space.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at the university are difficult. One must work hard to obtain good grades in your required courses. Studying is essential. Students should have good time-management skills and good studying habits.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend having a good financial history and credit before enrolling in the school. The tuition is on the costly end of the spectrum and becomes very stressful if you cannot pay your tuition at the end of each semester. You are unable to enroll in courses until the bill is paid which can become a problem because class are very competitive with limited seating.

    In three sentences

    I give the school four stars out for five. The school provides a variety of majors, minors, and clubs while providing a beautiful, safe, and diverse campus. The reason I only give the school four stars is due to tuition; the school is very costly especially for out-of-state students.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is RIPTA (public transportation) to Providence and Newport) to get off campus. Otherwise, there is not much to do if you don't have a car to get off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is good.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the upperclassman building, and I like having a single room, but still having suitemates so there are people to talk to.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a pharmacy major, so the work is stressful. Reading the book and studying are highly recommended.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, do the work, read the textbook, do things outside your major and join a few clubs. Don't overbook, though.

    In three sentences

    The school has a great atmosphere. The students and teachers are really nice. You can get a lot of help from your classmates.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    URI has a system that form any point on campus you can see a blue light. If you hit the button on the light police will arrive within a minute. This makes me feel very safe no matter what time of the day.

    Greek Life

    I joined my sorority as a sophomore this year. I think it was a great decision because I am so much more involved on campus now and I have made great friends in the process!

    Clubs and Activities

    I am involved in many clubs and activities on campus. Most schools say that there is always something for everyone, but I truly believe that this is true for URI. I have heard of so many different things that could interest so many kinds of people. There are opportunities for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quad is a place where students pass through almost every day. When the weather is nice there are always students playing games on the quad, or just sitting with friends and soaking up the sun. Because URI is so close to the beach, many students go there in their free time.

    Food and Dining

    There are two main dining halls on campus and they always have a variety of foods. There are also other little shops on campus if one is not interested in the food offered. There are small restaurants on the top of campus which many students visit at well.

    Dorm Life

    The living and learning communities here are very helpful for students, especially freshman. Dorm life is a great experience and the RAs really help the students get involved and feel comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    I think this is a very prestigious university. The program that I am in is very competitive and I feel like I am learning so much more every day that I am there.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking for a school I would suggest to remember how you feel when you are on the campus. The very first time I visited URI it reminded me of my summer house in Maine and from that moment on I knew I loved this school!

    In three sentences

    URI is a fantastic school for anyone whether they are from Rhode Island, or out of state. The academics are wonderful and there really is something for everyone here. The beach being so close to campus is definitely a plus!!

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has boxes at almost every major corner in the university and the police are actually police officers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to choose from, however, not all are extremely involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Science, nursing and engineer majors, people who are interested in greek life, and those who want a not-so-large campus.

    Bang for the buck

    URI is a great college if you want to major in nursing, sciences, or engineering. All the professors are professional and brilliant yet they are more than happy to help. I've never had a professor who was difficult to talk to. Considering recent college tuition rises, URI is still about $13000 for in-state students and under $30,000 for out of state. If you are majoring in the majors I've previously listed, URI would definitely be a bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    URI has intramural sports, many clubs, greek life, anything for every type of person. URI is also a 40 minute bus trip to Providence for dining and clubbing, about 25 minutes from Newport and about 10 minutes from Narragansett beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food at URI is pretty good for campus food. At Hope, you have the option for an entree meal, sandwiches, a salad bar, and even a pasta bar where you pick what you want in your bowl and it is sauteed and prepared in front of you. If you get tired of the dorm food, on top of campus there is the Emporium where there are pizza places, sandwich shops, burger joints and Chinese restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I've never personally dormed at URI, but the friends I've have who had dorms said they were okay. The food is great considering it is dorm food. The rooms are a bit cramped and a few of the dorms don't have warm water from time to time. Sometimes they loose internet connection, but other than that I have not heard any complaints.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the professors I've had for my general education courses were a bit boring and just scaled at the end of the semester. The more you get up in your major, the better the academics become. The professors here at URI definite know their topic well and are very knowledgeable in their topic and how it relates to the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! URI may seem small but if you take the time to see all it has to offer, you will meet people, you will do well in classes and your college experience will be great. College is what you make of it, and URI has many ways for you to go out of your comfort zone and succeed academically and socially.

    In three sentences

    This university may seem small at first, but has so much to offer academically and socially. The professors are always more than kind to help, and every one I have had are extremely happy when you go to their office hours. The science, nursing and engineer programs really do prepare students for the workforce.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Joining clubs can be really fun because it provides a great opportunity to meet people. Usually, other than Greek life, a lot of the fun things happen off campus because URI is so rural. Trips to newport for shopping and bars, and providence for restaurants and clubs is always a plus. Most of the partying is done in Narragansett at the bars and neighborhood called eastward.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is generally pretty good. The dining halls have a lot of options but the food gets old pretty quickly. Luckily the University has a place called the emporium located on campus. The emporium offers restaurants, cafes, a hookah bar, and convenience stores.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm my freshman year and eventually moved out. The room was a forced triple and was extremely tight. My hall was very catty and almost all parties are a 15-20 minute drive away. Dorm life is very dirty, boring, and not private.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is generally average when it comes to academic rigor. However the depth and intensity of each class really coincides with one's major and year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many people as possible, and make a good reputation for yourself. Always be kind and courteous to teachers & advisors because almost all URI students get jobs, recommendations, and connections from them.

    In three sentences

    Academically, this university provides great opportunities and real world experience and connections from professors. The school is in a rural setting and can be boring if you do not go off campus. Greek life, bars, and partying are also very big here.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    pool tables, basketball court/track, swimming pool, plenty of restaurants in the Emporium

    Tips for prospective students

    MAKE FRIENDS

    In three sentences

    It's a rather relaxed atmosphere. Parties are difficult to just stumble upon, so being social is a must. Teachers vary from super easy to rather difficult

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great campus police who are always on patrol.

    Greek Life

    30% of students are in greek life. Not my thing though.

    Clubs and Activities

    Music and Theatre programs are fantasitic.

    What to do for fun

    Sports and relaxing on the quad. Many different parties on many days of the week if you are into that Uri is a great place to be. Great new basketball courts and track with good gym. Friendly people to hang out with if you keep your eyes open.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is definitely one of the best places to dine in any university on the east coast. The new cafeteria is fantastic. It is all you can eat and they always have diverse and healthy options for students to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms in what is called the ghetto aren't great, but otherwise it just depends on what kind of roommate you get and how you adjust to dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Uri is right up there with other universities, but some majors bring the school down. Most majors are steadily improving as we speak.

    Tips for prospective students

    Uri is a great school you should at least consider going.

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is the best school for me. The classes, people and students are all excellent. I love Uri because I can be who I am when I am there.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on my campus, at all times. URI has emergency boxes/stands within viewing distance, no matter where you are on campus; and the police patrol the area, at needed times. Additionally, in each residence hall there are residential advisors who watch over the students in regard to their safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very prominent at URI. I am not in greek life, but my friends are. I have a great social life not being involved in greek life, just as my friends have a great social life being involved in greek life. From what I've experienced, greek life at URI is fun and a great way to meet people and make connections.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual, but my favorite, tradition on campus is Oozeball, a big volleyball tournament that takes place on a huge muddy field, where teams participate to win first place, and take part in charity. Another unusual, but favorite, location on campus is URI's Gardens.

    What to do for fun

    URI seems to always have an activity that they are providing for students to attend. The bus system that goes through URI is very feasible and grants students access to anywhere in Rhode Island. There are parties almost every weekend, and plenty of places for students to go on campus to just relax or hang out.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at URI are very cafeteria-like, however, there is a large array of options in regard to the food (in the dining halls), which makes the whole experience better. Furthermore, if you're not interested in the dining halls, there are many eateries and markets available within walking distance for students to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    I am rumored to live in the 'worst dorms' or URI, however, I love my residence hall. From talking to others, and my own experience, once you settle in the dorms, they become very homey. I love dorm life at URI because the school does a great job at surrounding you with people who have common interests, which makes living here enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    As a student at URI I know what is expected of me, and do not feel like I am over worked. I am never given busy work, feel like I am constantly learning new/important material, and always feel challenged. To add to that, if I am ever struggling with a course, there are many help aids that are very beneficial and definitely further my success.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I have for prospective students is to go to class and make sure to get studying in. This may seem obvious, but it is very easy to get wrapped up in your social life and forget what's really important. You should have an equal balance, and you'll do just fine.

    In three sentences

    URI has a very accepting and diverse atmosphere, where you settle on campus quick and feel right at home. Dining halls, athletic facilities, and academic buildings are all very close to the dorms. It is also extremely easy to do well in classes and have a prominent social life.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Theres a ton of activities to do on campus and within the dorm buildings. There is never a dull moment here at URI.

    Food and Dining

    Always good food on campus if your on top of campus or the dining hall you can never have a bad meal. There are many choices and there are choices for all types of eaters picky or not.

    Dorm Life

    Living here is great you meet so many people and you learn to communicate better with people its an overall great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Teacher expect alot from the student but they are also very flexible with due dates and such if a good excuse is brougt up.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I have for prospective students would be not to get sucked into the fun. College is about all the fun and games, but, always put your studies first put the fun for when you need a break or better yet when you have everything else accomplished.

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode island is a great school. It is filled with great people and has established a great environment in my eyes. University of Rhode Island is a great place for anyone to come to if they are looking to make many friends and studying.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    I am loving the University of Rhode Island. The professors are approachable and there is plenty of help to go around. The are so many opportunities for me here.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe

    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek Life, but it is a huge part of URI

    Clubs and Activities

    There is no URI women's club swimming however.

    What to do for fun

    hang out at the Union, play pool, go swimming or workout.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to other schools, alot better.

    Dorm Life

    I was in the newest dorm Hillside.

    Academic Rigor

    Very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early decision.

    In three sentences

    Campus is a great size, enough to have time to get wherever you need to go. Food is okay for a college, two great dinning halls. Dorms could be better but the newest one is great.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe as of recently.

    Greek Life

    Try it out if you don't like it then drop out of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join clubs and honor societies that correlate with your major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This location isn't unusual but it is nice. It is the botanical gardens on campus. They are a great spot on a nice sunny day to read and catch up on work. Also, barely anyone goes there.

    Bang for the buck

    Truthfully I feel the money I have been paying actually is helping out younger generations behind me because of the new buildings and construction that have been taking place which I won't get to enjoy because I will be gone by then.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, community services activities, and take fun fine arts classes while you can. Also, if you are interested in greek life join a sorority or frat. It is what you make it.

    Food and Dining

    I say three stars because the dining halls have weird hours and aren't open late which sucks because if someone has a late class they may not be able to eat dinner as part of their meal plan. Then making it so you would have to wait till the AM to eat but go buy something instead.

    Dorm Life

    My freshmen year was great and a part of why it was had to do with being in a dorm and meeting so many people who were in the same spot in their lives as I was. It was a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make it and what you take out of it. Just keep up with the work and get in touch with the prof. if you need help. Don't give up on getting that A.

    Tips for prospective students

    If living on campus don't request a dorm that has private bathrooms because the two dorms that have that are old and gross. So shared bathroom down the hall style is actually better when comparing the dorms.

    In three sentences

    URI has good academics, a good footprint in green technology, and can be expensive if out of state. The majority of classes I have taken have been great but you will find a few that the jocks like to be in because it is a BS class. So I usually stay away from those. The new freshmen dorm has solar panels on it which is great esp for the transformation towards other ways of energy. Lastly, the school is a bit expensive and sometimes green hall the building which takes care of finances can screw up and say you owe money late in the semester and not allow you to sign up for classes next semester. It can be a pain.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I joined a club sports team, which takes up a lot of my time, but it was a great way to meet new people and continue playing sports I've played my whole life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best, but I don't expect much.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. They group students in living learning communities, so people meet each other who are in similar classes. I have met some of my best friends in my hall and dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are much harder than others. I've found that the bigger classes (100 level courses) are more difficult in that there is not really a good connection with the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important thing is stay on top of your work. As long as you stay ahead nothing gets too difficult. Make sure you manage your time well and everything will be fine.

    In three sentences

    URI is an awesome school where you meet a lot of new people. The school shows a great balance of rigor and fun, and provides help to any student in need. There is so much to do on and off campus, which makes the school so great to attend.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sitting out on our beautiful quad in the nicer months is one of my favorite things to do. You can go sledding down our steep hills when it snows, too! There's always something fun going on here.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't great and you'll want to eat at the restaurants in the Emporium. It can get expensive, but the dining hall food is quite bland most times. It's easy to find food for vegetarians, but it's quite difficult to be a healthy vegan here, unfortunately.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the brand new dorm, Hillside, for most of my freshman year, but I lived in one of the less aesthetically appealing dorms, Adams, for the first month of the Fall semester. It was a very run-down dorm. Usually, the freshmen dorms are in much better condition than the upperclassmen dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a Doctor of Pharmacy student entering my sophomore year. General education classes aren't ridiculously difficult, but Anatomy and Chemistry II were challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to stay active with your studying habits. It will eliminate a great deal of stress before exams and gives you time to enjoy with your new friends!

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island provides the resources students need to move forward and achieve their dreams. Choosing to apply here was the best decision I could have made for a promising future. I'm looking forward to starting my second year in the Fall!

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    the food is o.k. you will probably get tired of it because U.R.I. has unlimited passes

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! you get to meet new people and have a chance to see what it is like to be fully independent

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman, you will have difficulty studying. what you need to do is find a way of studying that works for you.

    In three sentences

    the university of rhode island is a bright, inspiring campus. there are lots of excellent people and staff who are willing to guide you until graduation. I am proud to be a rhody ram!

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe do to the vigilance of the campus security staff.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a part of many students lives. There are 24 organizations in the Greek community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities at URI. The Art Club, the Psychology Club, the Cycling Club, the Sailing Club, and the Gaming Club are a few of the clubs at URI.

    Great for these types of students

    URI is great for all types of students.

    Bang for the buck

    URI is more affordable than many universities in the New England area.

    What to do for fun

    Sports events and concerts. Join a club. Hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great. Many dining areas and there are all types of food to please everyone.

    Dorm Life

    It is great to be in the dorm when you can find friends with the same interests.

    Academic Rigor

    There are honors courses as well as traditional courses at URI and a variety of majors available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends early.

    In three sentences

    URI is a great university. There are many majors available and the university offers many extracurricular activities. The university has many clubs to provide a break from academics.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. The Blue Light system is great!

    What to do for fun

    The school offers many 'road trips' during the weekends and evenings. Some trips included: Naragansett beach, Providence Mall, and Boston for Celtics and Red Sox games. There is also lots of games on the Quad and Ooze Ball in the Spring. There is always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of choices in food. Each dining hall has a lot of variety. If the campus dining does not interest you, there are many other options from cafes to the off campus dining close by. However, the food is really good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are clean. I lived in a learning community which was great when needing help with homework. Most of my hall mates were in the same major as me which made obtaining help easy.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not easy but there is plenty of help available. There are study groups, tutoring sessions, and extra help available. Professors are very accessible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be fooled by the rural feel of the campus; it is close to Providence with great public transportation and lots to do.

    In three sentences

    The education is superior. The campus is beautiful. The student population is diversified.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being central in Rhode Island there are countless off-campus activities, especially the ocean. Providence is 30 minutes as is Newport and Narragansett is 15 minutes. On campus there are events being constantly held and the clubs are numerous and there is something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the Emporium is amazing. The food in the dining hall is good, especially when they have endless mussels. There is also many options in the Union that are all very good.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are a little run down, but that is only a select few. The rest are nice and they have built really nice new ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in all the clubs and activities that are offered on and off campus. The area is spectacular and great for exploring.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I used to work at the concession stand in the ice rink. If I was ever working alone at night and had to get back to my dorm, a police officer would always drive me back.

    Clubs and Activities

    The dance program is wonderful. It does not matter if you are a beginner or an expert dance, anyone is welcome.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of shops and restaurants right at the top of the hill on campus. You can go shopping and get a bite to eat. The beaches are just 5 minutes away also.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has amazing food. The burgers are great and the sandwich station makes the best wraps. There is a place next to the dining hall that has great chicken fingers and milkshakes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as much as you can ie dance, debate, sports.

    In three sentences

    Really great school with amazing opportunities. The professors are all very knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    URI is located in a really safe area. I never feel nervous walking on campus at night and it's rare that there is a real safety concern.

    Greek Life

    I would say about half of the full-time students are involved in greek life. It's not for me, but the kids I know who are involved seem to love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not involved in any clubs on campus, but I frequently hear about them. There seems to be a wide variety offered here.

    Great for these types of students

    Out of state students seem to love URI. I think they're drawn to the beautiful beaches and landscape.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The gardens on campus are beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state tuition, it's a good deal. I hear it's quite pricey for out-of-state tuition. Overall, you'll get a good education at a fair price at URI. Lets face it, college tuition is overpriced everywhere these days.

    What to do for fun

    Most kids live in Narragansett after they move out of the dorms because that's where most parties, beaches, and bars are. It's a beautiful area, but pretty quiet in the winter.

    Food and Dining

    Food on-campus is okay. The emporium has decent options for food, but the on-campus cafeterias aren't great.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak on the dorm life because I never lived on campus. However, I had many friends who did and I saw what it was like living in the dorms for them. Many of the dorms are old and outdated, but there is a brand new building for freshmen that is very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    URI is a pretty good sized school, so there are many options as far as majors go. Classes are generally challenging, but it depends on what your major or area of study is. Some of the gen eds are pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    The social scene at URI is primarily off-campus. It's helpful to have a car while attending school here.

    In three sentences

    URI has a beautiful campus and in my opinion, provides a great education. There is the option for Greek life, but not everybody is involved so you won't feel left out if you're not. The downside to URI would be the lack of an on-campus social scene.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I am anticipating all that URI has to offer, I am sure I will find something to dedicate my time to whether it is Greek Life, Intramural, Variety Sports, or even an on campus job.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask whatever is on your mind during orientation, the orientation leaders are there to help and are definitely some of the nicest people ever.

    In three sentences

    URI has an amazing environment with great people and nice scenery. Our Orientation Leaders helped us feel welcome and taught us so much about life on campus and how to adjust to the big change. Although I have only been there for tours and orientation, I believe URI will be everything I expect it to be and I will make the best out of it.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety officers cruise around throughout the day and night, there are lots of lit areas to call for help if needed throughout the campus, the URI police are quick to respond, and the university does a great job of keeping everyone aware of any problems on campus.

    Greek Life

    There's a handful of sororities and fraternities on campus, and if you think it might be your style, definitely participate in a rush and learn more about them. The Greek houses on campus are a big step up from the dorms, and it's impossible not to form friendships when you're sharing a house with so many people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is seriously a club for everything on this campus, and even if there wasn't it's super easy to start one up. As I said before, GET INVOLVED. Find out what's going on and where, and get yourself to that spot. They have lots of activities throughout the semester so even if a weekly club isn't your thing, there's plenty to do where you can have fun and meet people.

    Bang for the buck

    Sadly for my generation, there is no such thing as a cheap education anymore. Even public colleges and universities charge an arm and a leg, and it's terrible! That being said, URI comes with a pretty hefty price tag, especially if you're from out of state. Definitely take the time to look into scholarships and apply for them. All of them. Everything helps. I have never regretted my decision to come to URI and I honestly love it so much that it makes me a little sad to think that my days here are almost done. It's been a great experience.

    Food and Dining

    There are 2 dining halls to choose from, and the quality is about the same for both. I love the fact that if you pay (an exorbitant amount) for the dining options, it's all-you-can-eat-all-day-long. There were some days I would skip meals because I was that unimpressed with the menu items, but there were other days I would come back between every class because they had good menu items. If all else fails there's an amazing salad bar and a sandwich creation station, so you can live on that for most of the semester. You can also get dining dollars which work as a credit for coffee and snacks at various vendors.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't great. A lot of them are older, and let's face it, they're still dorms. You can end up with a double or a triple, regular or suite style, and getting the right roommates is half the battle. The rooms aren't a bad size and the furnishings are alright. I had no issues with the bathrooms once it sank in that no college would ever be the same as my house. I never saw much of the Resident Assistants, but I never needed them either.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hit or miss, some are very easy some are very hard. I've had my share of both and it's nice when you get an even mix of the two. I'm a junior now and I have to admit I have never had a bad professor or a pointless class. Every single one has taught me a lot and left me a better student. Always go through your syllabi during the first week of class, always ask any questions you have, and always stay on top of the homework. There's no way to fail a class if you follow those 3 rules all semester, every semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED! I can't stress this enough no matter which college you choose. Try out for team sports, attend on-campus activities and clubs, and if you see someone who strikes your fancy, hold out your hand and introduce yourself. Those 4 years are going to fly by without warning, and the more involved in campus life you are, the better you experience, and the stronger your memories.

    In three sentences

    URI is a smaller campus, which works to your advantage. Classes are never more than a 15 minute walk in any direction, your professors know who you are and care about you, and you have a better chance at getting to know your classmates. It doesn't hurt that it's also a really pretty campus and close enough to a major city (Providence) that you can get away whenever you need to.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is what you make of it here at URI. You can be as challenged as you want because the education is so personalized. Don't hesitate to go above and beyond if you're not feeling challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    URI is highly underrated, so don't just give it a cursory overview. Trust me, I rejected offers from Ivy League and other prestigious schools to go here. Really spend the time to investigate the offered programs of study and extra-curricular groups to see how attractive it looks on the surface. Then, don't hesitate to contact the university faculty...they are very eager to meet with prospective students and will be honest about what they have to offer.

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is committed to the principles of diversified, personalized, and enjoyable learning. Here you can participate in almost any field of study you want (or at least the precursor to something more applicable) and get the experience you need while working with your professors and peers. The faculty members here are incredibly knowledgeable and incredibly willing to help you get the most out of your university years.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great education for in-state tuition

    What to do for fun

    Dozens of academic clubs, athletic groups, or just relaxing on the quad

    Food and Dining

    Anything from falafel to ice cream

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your advisors. Make use of the vast library. Take advantage of the diverse dining selection at the Emporium.

    In three sentences

    URI is an excellent place to pursue diverse interests, from the Classics Society to the Quidditch team, the Rhody Ridgebacks. First rate professors in both the sciences and humanities will keep you up at night with study and give you cause to get up in the morning for the next class.

  • 09/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ooze ball, where everyone plays volleyball in a mud pit.

    Bang for the buck

    Eh, not really. Only if your in state does it seem worth it. Out of state students pay more than its worth

    What to do for fun

    Nothing really, its in a small town so you really have to involve yourself in clubs, sports, or if you have a car get off campus as much as you can

    Food and Dining

    Not great. But unlimited swipes is good.

    Dorm Life

    It can suck if you get stuck in the old buildings

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard through gen eds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring lots of weather ready gear Try to get out there and join something Don't stress yourself too much, have some fun

    In three sentences

    A big school in a small town. Really involved in greek life. Consistently changing to fit the times.

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Blue light system all throughout campus, lots of campus police, good lighting, and people are always out & about... so you won't be alone on campus

    Food and Dining

    There is a huge selection of food on campus! While I've never eaten in the dining halls, there are lots of places to grab food on campus. There's fast food and not so fast food, cheap food and not so cheap food, there's honestly something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    I have attended 3 different schools throughout my college career and I think that URI is right on par with everyone else for academic rigor. The teachers here, for the most part, do a good job teaching classes and making resources available to their students. Basically however much time, work and studying you put into your classes is how well you can expect to do.

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is moderately safe. There are posts with panic buttons all across campus in case of an emergency, and the URI security trucks drive around the campus all day and night. In the past there have been issues with safety at night though, so I recommend to never take the same route from your car/dorm to your classes and vice versa everyday. I'm naturally suspicious though. I haven't experienced anything dangerous on campus.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved in any of the sororities or anything like that so I wouldn't know. The houses look nice though.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs and activities at URI. The gaming club is always open, and is cool to check out. There's fencing every Thursday in the memorial union, and it's cool to watch practices. I mentioned this above, but the Zombie tag/Infection club is pretty awesome too. I heard there's a Quidditch team too, but I haven't gotten to check them out yet.

    Great for these types of students

    I don't think there's a type of student URI isn't good for. I guess if they don't offer your major URI isn't good for you, but for all students i've encountered since enrolling there are no complaints about the programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this one club where students run around the campus with nerf guns. One person is designated the Zombie at the start of the semester, but no one knows who. The game is all about not becoming infected, and it's really interesting to see.

    Bang for the buck

    White Hall has a student lounge on the second floor. The chairs there are really comfy, and it's a good place to study or eat your lunch. There are tons of power outlets in the room too, so you can charge your phone or computer. There's always at least three outlets free every time I need to plug in my laptop.

    What to do for fun

    The memorial union building is always busy with people. All the clubs at URI can be join any time during the year too.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the emporium is delicious! Bagelz and The Burger Shack are two awesome places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm so I wouldn't know.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is dependent on the courses you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep a map of the campus, or a navigation app on your smart phone, available for your first few days on campus so you don't get lost. Make sure said map/app is readily available in case you need to go to a building you've never been to later in the year.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The campus is large and difficult to get around at first. The university staff are all friendly.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. There is campus security driving around once and a while, they're not too invasive and they care about the well-being of the students.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best and cheapest places you can go to for great food all day, breakfast all day, and the best prices is Albie's Place. For cheap coffee, chai, tea and other things like that, I love going to the 193 Coffeehouse and the student memorial union.

    Food and Dining

    The food at URI is great, sometimes I will eat at the dining halls which is nice. There is a lot to choose from there, and it's all you can eat. Sometimes I tend to get sick of it, and from there I will usually eat at the emporium. There is a great selection of different foods there.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great depending on where you are on campus. Versus old dorms, some are hot and some are way too cold. For experience, living in a dorm would be nice for freshman and sophomore years, but for the following years one should consider getting and apartment off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is based on how much you decide to push yourself as a student. The work is rigorous if you apply yourself, however, if you're just going to do the minimum, then it will be hard to do well within your classes. Be the student that stands out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely focus on the idea that at URI, your education is what you make of it. If you want to succeed at the University of Rhode Island, you must take initiative and take your education into your own hands. Most professors definitely will not wait for you to catch up, unless you show them that you're will to put the MINIMUM effort in.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Feels safe, it in the middle of nowhere so it's not even a city.

    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek Life so I couldn't say.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love the club I'm in, i feel really close to all of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to have a nice walk to class and not just a brief stroll.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's RI, That's all that needs to be said.

    Bang for the buck

    For what you pay, you get a solid education.

    What to do for fun

    Hop on a bus and go to Providence.

    Food and Dining

    All good food is in the Emporium. That's that.

    Dorm Life

    It is ok, at least where I am. Not a 5 star hotel, but pretty decent for a freshie dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Decent, more than high school but nothing like they sometimes show in movies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pack good walking shoes. Don't go to the dining halls are peak hours. Sleep is great, but bring earplugs. The bathrooms are always clean.

    In three sentences

    Really beautiful campus in a rural setting. The professors are insightful, kind, and willing to help you. The dorms are never cold for a second.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe here 100%

    Greek Life

    no clue.

    Clubs and Activities

    GREAT fun in scuba club, outing club, hiking in Arcadia, also fun programs put on by freshman RAs.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy and interested in activities/prospective jobs on the east coast or in Rhode Island

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ooze-ball is mud volleyball played in spring!!

    Bang for the buck

    I'm from the midwest so the buck is pretty high.

    What to do for fun

    Sports!! Intramurals, ooze-ball, tennis, soccer, rock climbing, hiking, scuba

    Food and Dining

    Great again, pro is that it is buffet style with unlimited number of times per day, con is that no food can be taken out of the dining hall

    Dorm Life

    Great as a freshman and sophomore but as you get older many students move off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The sciences majors are very difficult because of the prereqs of organic chem and all of the physics classes. However it is worth it

    Tips for prospective students

    Join as many clubs as you can, you can always drop out after a while. Also make sure to do some type of on-campus work, it helps you stay busy and not drink as much as you would necessarily if you didn't work.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The Univeristy of Rhode Island is a top notch school with a possibiliy to creat a great college experience at almost half the cost of other universities in the nation.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs to joing at the univeristy. Also Greek life is quite popular here with tons of sorority/fraternity sponsored events and parties. On campus, there is a shopping emporium with great restaurants as well as the Memorial Union. Many students enjoy visiting the local beaches when the weather gets warmer as well as just relaxing on the beautiful quadrangular field inthe middle of campus. The possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    The University's dining halls were rated to be one of the best in the country. Every meal plan is unlimited so you can go as many times as you would like within a day. They also offer a large range of variety from sandwiches, burger bars, hot meal lines, pasta bars, as well as cereal, bagels, and other snacks. The menus are posted online so you can look up what they are offering that day and decide what dining hall would best suit you for your dining preferences.

    Dorm Life

    The year that I lived on the campus was probably one of the most fun years of my life. You have a great meal plan, meet tons of people, and have all the academic amenities right at your fingertips. I would greatly encourage prospective students to live on campus for at least one year.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say that the academic rigor is about the same as any basic college. However, this greatly depends on what types of courses you would be taking. For example, the biochemistry courses are way more rigorous than say a textiles merchandising class. All in all, every major is great and you receive a great education from every major offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    To prospective students my adivce would be to take an array of classes. The University of Rhode Isalnd has some turly interesting classes and even if you think you know what you want your major to be, you could find a new line of interest by seeing diverse and eclectic points of views.

    In three sentences

    University of Rhode Island is an amazing college. It has an old new england charm on the rural and historic campus. However, it has hundreds of great majors as well as some of the best technology for students to get a fully rounded education.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are campus police that i see regularly around campus, and are very quick to respond to calls. During the night they are parked around campus with their lights on so that if you are out walking they are easy to find and can help with any emergency. There are also blue call boxes all over campus and the campus is well lit. All dorms have card swipes on them and they lock at night so that only those who live in the dorm can key in.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prominent on campus, the fall and spring are filled with pledging activities. The houses are new and students tend to live there for their sophomore through senior year. There are academic sororities and fraternities offered as well for people who think a regular sorority or frat is too much work.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have everything from Quiddich club to society of engineers. The clubs and activities work around your study schedule and are run by students.

    Great for these types of students

    People from small towns, looking for a quieter campus. Students who want to get involved in the community- there are a lot of club and teams available to students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a nearly naked mile every year in early december and local businesses set up food carts and games on the quad for students during the day.

    Bang for the buck

    I really love the campus because I feel at home there. The teachers are really enthusiastic about their work and are very approachable. I am in one honors class (which I strongly recommend taking) and our class is 20 people. I have become close friends with all of my classmates, and we schedule study parties outside of class. The tuition is expensive for out of state, but they offer a lot of job opportunities and scholarships. It is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    URI is in the perfect place- less than 10 minutes from the beach, and 30 minutes from providence and newport. The campus itself offers a lot of entertainment; movies, dorm wars where different dorms compete in competitions, free skate, game nights, dances, and even video game competitions.

    Food and Dining

    The two dining halls offer a lot of variety and options for even the pickiest of eaters. There is a stir fry bar, a home-style bar, a burger bar, a deli, and many other options. URI is currently expanding one of its dining halls so that should take care of the long lines that tend to accumulate during the day. The only thing that i wish was different is that you cant bring food outside the dining halls, so every time you are hungry you have to walk over to one.

    Dorm Life

    I am an engineer, so we are placed in the four engineering dorms, which are some of the oldest on campus. They provide everything we need for college life but are not the hotel quality dorms that some campuses now have. Other freshmen dorms on campus are much nicer but are typically full of triples. I have not heard any horror stories about the triples, and even though students tend to complain about them at first, they get used to them and have a routine by the end of the first semester. There are not huge parties in the dorms, they usually take place off campus, so dorms are a good place to study.

    Academic Rigor

    URI pushes its students to do the best they can, and they also provide all the help you need to be the best student you can be. The classes are challenging but every course has a TA and there are second and third year students living in the freshman doors who are there solely to provide academic and social help for freshmen. They have an entire building dedicated to academic help and all the professors and TAs offer office hours and are always very approachable when you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus. I prefer the quiet and natural campus at URI but if you like the city it may not be for you. Also, you get to choose your professor, make sure you look them up at ratemyprofessor.com or ask a current student.

    In three sentences

    I rate the University of Rhode Island 4 out of 5 stars. They have excellent classes, most are small except for general courses which take a lecture form and they offer lots of opportunities on and off campus for internships and jobs. Their buildings are a little older and sometimes squished, but it adds to the charm.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    -Greek Life -Basketball games -Gym -Hang on the quad

    Food and Dining

    Gets old real fast but butt nugs are always the way to go.

    Dorm Life

    Try to get in Hillside Hall!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but a lot of extra tutoring services are offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go Greek and try living in Hillside Hall.

    In three sentences

    The school is great academically and offers a variety of majors. There is not a lot to do directly off campus. Greek life is essential to get involved in if you want activities to do on the weekend.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has never been a factor. I've always felt safe.

    What to do for fun

    There are always football games or soccer or basketball games which get really crazy. There's always events with the organization which which or something to attend . Parties of course on and off campus are fun and as well as the union parties.

    Food and Dining

    I think the food is great, always hot and ready for student to eat. Have a lot of chooses and switching the meals on the daily basics. Never will get bored of it.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life the RA's are easy going. The rooms are big. Neighbors are friendly and love to party of course. Always something to do in the rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are good. Some are regular class rooms and of course you have them 300 course. Professors are great and very help ful as well as the TA

    Tips for prospective students

    Should get a parking pass if your dont want get towed. It does snow bad sometimes so some boats and a nice cold will be great. Classes do get cancelled though.

    In three sentences

    It's a amazing university. There so much spirt and friendly outgoing people. Recommend anyone to come here.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Your average middle class student

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and there are also many day trips that URI sponsors. We are close to Boston and Newport and the beaches in Narragansett.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know which school is best for you. Don't worry so much about how much it is going to cost. You need to be happy where you are.

    In three sentences

    I am currently a senior at the University of Rhode Island. I live on campus and have lived on campus all 4 years. I have had a great experience here at URI. The classes are easy to register for and the professors are always very helpful. I have really enjoyed my time here.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many sports teams, clubs, organizations, and events happening on campus all the time. The Memorial Union is the place to go to find out about these events and clubs. Also, Providence is not that far away.

    Food and Dining

    With two dining halls, there is always a multitude of food choices. There are busy hours, like all dining halls, but the staff are friendly and the food is pretty decent - buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    The Resident Advisors care about the students and there are many living and learning communities which have live in mentors to help students with classes and homework. The dorm halls are well-kept.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are very rigorous but there are a few 'easy' classes. The classes are difficult but there is always the possibility to ask for help if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before you accept acceptance to the school and be sure to ask as many questions as you want to anyone who goes to URI, including teachers.

    In three sentences

    URI has a beautiful campus with many students who share similar and different interests. There are a lot of clubs and organizations to join so you will never have a bored moment. The teachers care about the students and will help students succeed.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Strong and Vibrant, but if you aren't interested there are plenty of other things to do.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are in-state it is a steal, and if you are from New England there are regional tuition majors which I encourage anyone to look into. I myself am studying Ocean Engineering. Even if you are out-of-state they really do try to meet your need. I know I am receiving a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    Greek Life is thriving on Campus, but there are many other clubs, groups, and teams which students can join at any time over the course of the academic year. The campus offers many social events where students can gather and meet each other. It's also only a $4 round trip bus fare to go to Providence which is a popular weekend activity.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are good and offer a lot of variety.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and visit. URI is a rolling admission school and it is wise to apply early on. Take a tour and fall in love with the campus, the tour guides here were some of the best I saw during my college touring season. It's a good, medium size school that offers the opportunity to feel like you are in a small community within a greater system. Their LLCs (Living Learning Communities) are PRICELESS when it comes to fields of study such as Nursing, Pharmacy, or Engineering (which I personally study).

    In three sentences

    URI offers unique academic programs which draw students from all over the country, offering a diverse living and learning experience. The campus is beautiful and offers many opportunities to its students.

  • 02/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I don't know, I'm an engineering student. We spend our weekends studying or drinking away all the information we just studied.

    Food and Dining

    So many options! Apart from going to the dining hall one can head up to the emporium that has many dining options.

    Dorm Life

    I'm in the IEP housing and it's amazing. They work that they put into making this a successful living learning community is amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a very homework intensive school meant for traditional students. The difficultly does seem to depend on your program of study though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the faculty, having someone on the inside is very important in all aspects of college

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, nice people, and a good program, if you know what you want to go into. I didn't know this would be a party school but I've found many options to mix up the work hard play hard ideal.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    106 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    URI has a great Greek Life community consisting of many Fraternities and Sororities, many of which that have their own houses on campus

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and groups to join if you are looking for a fun time at URI. Many friends to be made and spend time with. On top of that URI has an excellent student entertainment committee that provides us with stellar concerts and shows from many famous artists and people.

    Food and Dining

    There are two main dining hall on campus that serve excellent food from hot cooked meals to sandwiches and even a stir fry line. Outside of the two there are many other places to buy food around campus

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at URI is great. The dorms can consist of doubles, triples, and even suites for freshman. The dorms are monitored by RAs that do a great job keeping up with their responsibilities.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor differentiates with different majors. Many majors require you to take classes other majors will not which may be harder or easier for others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should not be too worried on picking their majors as for the first two years, classes will consist mostly of Gen Ed. Classes. Make sure you attend all your classes as well

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island is a great place to attend. It has many majors and minors for everyone's needs and the location is perfect for people that would like to have their campus outside of a busy city. On top of that the campus is extremely beautiful all year round.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    URI is located in a great area. There is so much to do outside of campus. There are several beaches in the area, shopping stores, good restaurants and more. Newport, Narragansett and Providence are all great cities to check out. They are not far from URI, at most a half hour.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at URI is average. The dining rooms can get pretty busy at peak hours.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on what you do with it. You can have a really good experience living in a dorm at URI or you could have a bad one. Go out, make friends and just have a good time.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major, URI classes can be challenging. You have to really stay on top of your work if you want to do well. Don't hesitate to get extra help. Most professors here at URI are extremely helpful and will help you if you're not understanding class material, and etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take every opportunity that is thrown your way because it will only benefit you. Also, don't procrastinate on anything! Procrastination is deadly and will make your college experience that much harder.

    In three sentences

    The University of Rhode Island offers various majors for a diversity of students. It's a challenging school, but with great outcomes. URI takes pride in their students and helps them do their very best to succeed.

  • 03/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Huge greek life community!

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper for in-state

    What to do for fun

    Beach!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and tour the capus!

    In three sentences

    A relaxed atmosphere or students who wish to achieve higher education. A campus that is suitable for any type of person. Think Big, We Do.

  • 03/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun?! From football to quidditch, you'll find something to do no problem.

    Food and Dining

    Both Butterfield and Hope offer great food choices, with Hope being the more modern dining hall, offering greater options while Butterfield has the classic cafeteria feel.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a blast--the dorms are clustered fairly close together, so you'll always have somewhere to hang out, study, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, you will most definitely be challenged. Your past education will be put to the test daily, as well as your time management skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare and manage your time accordingly. This place, and college in general, is awesome. You will have the time of your life; just make sure you have the rest of your life in mind as well as living in the moment!

    In three sentences

    URI is wonderful place to learn and expand your education. A great campus accompanies a unique group of professors who are just as willing to take on the world of learning as you are. At URI, we definitely think BIG.

  • 04/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    110 of 110

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Join Greek Life!! It is truly the best decision I have ever made. It instantly gives you friends to hang with, which is great at a brand new place. I do not know what I would do without Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    All activities are off campus (like parties) but there are so many clubs here on campus! There are always fairs that each club has a table set up at so you can get involved easily.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is fifteen minutes from the beach.

    What to do for fun

    The only downside is that everything is off campus. That includes parties, bars, and any other form of entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The food is definitely edible. If you don't like what they are serving, there are always sandwiches and a huge salad bar. You won't go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are the nicest, but after that a lot of people move off campus!

    Academic Rigor

    I have had some really tough teachers, but also easy A's. It all balances out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a way to get involved. You can't make a small school bigger, but you can make a big school smaller. If you work for it, this can be a great school.

    In three sentences

    It is a big school so it is easy to get lost in, but there are ways to make it smaller. It has its ups and downs; there are great teachers and some not so great. The campus is beautiful.