University of Rhode Island
|University of Rhode Island|
|City:||Kingston, Rhode Island|
|Sports:||baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball|
The University of Rhode Island (or URI) is a Rhode Island public university chartered as the state's agricultural school in 1888. The school has four campuses, the flagship is located in Kingston, Rhode Island. It was ranked a third tier school in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Tier 3" list.
Rhode Island was a land grant college, meaning Morrill's Land Grant Act (which gave each state thirty thousand acres of public land to be sold, with the profits being directed to a university) funded it (although, initially the profits went to Brown University, and did not shift to URI until 1894). John H. Washburn was the school's first president.