University of Rhode Island

university in Rhode Island, USA

The University of Rhode Island (URI) is the main public research university in the U.S. State of Rhode Island. It was established in 1892 as Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. The name was changed to Rhode Island State College around 1909, and officially to University of Rhode Island during 1951. URI is in Kingston, Rhode Island.

University of Rhode Island
Former names
Rhode Island College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (1892–1909)
Rhode Island State College (1909–1951)
MottoThink Big. We Do.
Land Grant
Sea Grant
EstablishedMay 19, 1892 (1892-05-19)
Endowment$145.6 million (2017)[1]
PresidentDavid M. Dooley
ProvostDonald H. DeHayes
Administrative staff
675 full time
Students18,072 (Fall 2017)[2]
Undergraduates15,092 (Fall 2017)[2]
Postgraduates3,033 (Fall 2017)[2]
Rhode Island
CampusRural, 1,254 acres (5.07 km2)
ColorsKeaney Blue, White & Navy Blue
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
Atlantic 10 Conference
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
MascotRhody the Ram
University of Rhode Island logo.svg


In 1888 the university was chartered as Rhode Island's agricultural school and became the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1892. The first class of 17 students was graduated two years later.[3]


  1. As of December 31, 2017. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2015 to FY 2016" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 15, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Final Enrollment Reports" (PDF). University of Rhode Island. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 9, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  3. "History | About University of Rhode Island". University of Rhode Island.