University of Rhode Island

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#166, overall score 38.17/100

Fun Fact:

Because of its close proximity to the beach, URI offers a Literature and the Sea Lecture Series.

Why should Jewish students attend URI? URI has a good sized Jewish population, an active Hillel with a great facility, and a beautiful campus a short drive to the beach that is not too big and not too small. Faculty and administrators are accessible and students can get a great deal of individualized attention. Students come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, mostly Reform, Conservative and secular. The campus is laid-back and students are mainly interested in social/cultural activities and community service. Although there is no kosher dining plan on campus, Hillel serves regular Friday night dinners and sponsors many other food-related activities. There is an active Student Board and all students are encouraged to get involved and share their ideas. Hillel is recognized and acclaimed by the URI administration as one of the most active and dynamic organizations on campus. URI Hillel was honored with the Indispensable Campus Partner Award for inspiring the University community as a campus leader on diversity, tolerance and multiculturalism. - Amy Olson, executive director, University of Rhode Island Hillel


  • Location: Kingston, R.I.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 14,801
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 900
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student newspaper: The Good Five Cent Cigar
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Rams
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: RUT / Disky Business

What Students Say:

“URI may seem big at first, but in reality everyone knows each other. You can’t go anywhere on campus without seeing multiple people that you know, and if you get involved right away, it’ll be even easier.”…“When students are unaffiliated with communities they have a very hard time finding their place at URI and often feel incredibly disconnected.”…“The campus is geared towards success. If you are a good student and you work hard, the university will provide you with countless opportunities that will lead you towards success, in ways that they practically hand them to you.”

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $12,884
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,874
  • Room & board costs: $12,022
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,304
  • Average loan debt: $33,335
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 5/20

  • Score: 5/20
  • Acceptance rate: 56%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Median SAT range: 1080-1250
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

What Students Say:

“I think that a unique aspect of URI is in the way that the university is practically centered around philanthropy and leadership. There are hundred of clubs and ways to become a campus leader and the school provides training for those leaders, and they have a leadership minor.”

ISRAEL Score: 11.33/20

  • Score: 11.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 25
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10/11

  • Score: 10/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.81/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 8.49/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 9.33/34

  • Score: 9.33/34
  • Hillel: University of Rhode Island Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of the University of Rhode Island - Kingston
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (Conservative)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? The majority Jewish of students come from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region.
  • Kosher food details: There is no kosher meal plan in the Dining Halls, but vegetarian and vegan options exist. Hillel serves kosher food for Shabbat and holiday dinners, Sunday brunches and other programs that include meals. Hillel provides Kosher-for-Passover meals.

What Students Say:

“The Jewish community is very close knit, changes every year and is filled with people who feel like home.”…“If there is something that you want from the Jewish community, it can happen, you can make it happen, and the leadership at Hillel will you help you make it happen.”…“There are many Jews on campus that are unaffiliated with the Jewish community.”…“Our Jewish community is filled with students who come from different Jewish backgrounds and levels of observance, and everyone is included and welcomed with open arms regardless of where they came from or how much they know.”

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