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University of Rhode Island
Former names
Rhode Island College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (1892–1909)
Rhode Island State College (1909–1951)
Motto Think Big. We Do.
Type Flagship
Land Grant
Sea Grant
Established May 19, 1892 (1892-05-19)
Endowment $145.6 million (2017)
President David M. Dooley
Provost Donald H. DeHayes
Administrative staff
675 full time
Students 18,072 (Fall 2017)
Undergraduates 15,092 (Fall 2017)
Postgraduates 3,033 (Fall 2017)
Location ,
Rhode Island
Campus Rural, 1,254 acres (5.07 km2)
Colors Keaney Blue, White & Navy Blue
Nickname Rams
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
Atlantic 10 Conference
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
Mascot Rhody the Ram
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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.


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.

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