University of Rhode Island

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University of Rhode Island
City: Kingston, Rhode Island
Type: Public
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball[1]
Colors: blue, orange
Mascot: Rhody (Rams)
Endowment: $97.6 million[2]

The University of Rhode Island (or URI) is a Rhode Island public university chartered as the state's agricultural school in 1888.[3] 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.[4]


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).[5] John H. Washburn was the school's first president.[5]


  2. 2011 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. Retrieved on November 20, 2012.
  3. About the University (English). University of Rhode Island.
  4. National Universities: Tier 3 (English). US News.
  5. 5.0 5.1 URI History and Timeline (Enlish). University of Rhode Island.