URI Fall Home, 2021-2022 – URI News


KINGSTON, RI – September 1, 2021 – The 2021-2022 academic year begins at the University of Rhode Island with what is expected to be an “almost normal” fall semester that will consist primarily of in-person, and scheduled, in – sporting, academic and cultural events, although some policies related to COVID-19 are in place to protect the health of the university community. Before the start of classes on September 8, the move-in days begin today, September 1, and will end on Saturday, September 4.

Incoming freshmen and all returning students were required to show proof of vaccination, or have an approved university exemption, before coming to campus to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19. A universal mask-wearing policy has also recently been implemented, requiring students, faculty and staff to wear masks in interior campus spaces where people congregate, including classrooms, laboratories, restaurants and residential establishments.

Students in the class of 2025 arrive at URI after at least three semesters of high school undertaken in uncertainty due to the pandemic. The freshmen were selected from a record 25,107 applications received.

These students will join approximately 500 transfer students, over 2,000 graduate students, a number of Finish What You Started students, thousands of returning URI students, and hundreds of students who will simultaneously be enrolled in high school and college. URI, to form a student body of around 17,000 when classes begin September 8.

Orientation events for new students will take place as part of O-Week during the week preceding the start of classes. The events aim to increase student engagement and familiarize students with the campus, URI community, and student success resources. What’s more Welcome new students the event will take place on September 10 at 4 p.m.. on the URI quadrilateral. This new tradition will begin with a procession of students and will include music, food and an official welcome from President Marc Parlange and other University leaders.

New campus improvements

  • New and old students will note the pursuit $ 2 million upgrade to Upper College Road, the historic main artery of the University, intended to improve its appearance, while emphasizing the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. The project will include adding new bike lanes to a new paved road, which will also feature wider sidewalks, granite curbs and new lighting. Speed ​​charts and new crosswalks will be added, along with new orientation signs, security and parking system technologies.
  • Forest ranger room, built in 1914 and home to the Harrington School of Communication and Media, is in the midst of a second phase of the building’s renovation. The recently started $ 8 million, 20,000 square foot project includes interior renovations and upgrades to the second, third and fourth floors, complementing work on the Phase 1 renovations completed in 2017. is expected to be completed. Completed by fall 2022, the project includes new general and active learning classrooms, computer labs, video and audio editing rooms, and film production and screening rooms. The new Ranger Hall space will also become the new location for the Harrington School offices currently located at Davis Hall.

Academically speaking

  • Two new deans will join the campus community this academic year. From January 1 Anthony J. Marchese, Ph.D., will serve as dean of the College of Engineering which includes 1,600 undergraduates and 200 graduate students. Marchese, who comes to URI from the University of Colorado, will succeed Raymond Wright who led the college for 14 years as dean. Brenton DeBoef, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, has been appointed Dean of the University’s Graduate School, a position he has held on an interim basis since July 2020.
  • Annual URI Honorary Symposium This year will focus on the science initiatives needed to ensure the sustainable use of ocean resources and the long-term health of the oceans, as outlined in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Entitled “Sustaining our Shores,” the symposium will feature free weekly academic discussions open to the public and guest speakers from September through December.
  • The 2021 Conference Christiane Amanpour, which takes place on November 10, will feature Abby Phillip, CNN presenter and senior political correspondent. The annual conference was created through an endowment that Christiane Amanpour, CNN alumnus and chief international presenter, established at the URI to bring respected journalists to campus each year.
  • More than a dozen international experts in the growing field of quantum information science will participate in an event organized by URI Frontiers in Quantum Computing Conference October 18-20 on the Kingston campus. US Senator Jack Reed and more than a dozen experts are expected to speak.
  • URI’s STEEP (Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects) program will host an international conference dedicated to sharing the latest scientific knowledge on PFAS, the “silent” and hazardous chemicals often found in common household items. FLOUROS World 2021 will take place October 3-7 at the WaterFire Fine Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

About our students

NOTE: Most of this information is preliminary and reflects the expected URI students for the next semester. Official registration figures are expected in October.

  • Nearly 5,700 students will be living in 27 residences on campus this fall, including 17 living and learning communities. In addition, approximately 650 students will reside in 15 fraternity / sorority houses on campus, with an additional 75 living in housing designated for the International Engineering Program.
  • Approximately 3,780 freshmen (including 500 transfer students) will specialize in some of the University’s most popular programs including nursing, psychology, kinesiology, business, pharmacy, criminal justice, neuroscience and engineering.
  • New freshmen are coming to URI this year from 24 countries including Korea, China, Indonesia, India and Canada.
  • After Rhode Island, the main states represented in the freshman class are Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, respectively.
  • The oldest student at the University is a graduate student born in 1943, while its youngest is an undergraduate student born in 2005.
  • There are 22 pairs of twins entering the URI as freshmen.
  • Just over 20% of our graduate students enrolled in URI’s Oceanography, Engineering and Pharmacy programs are international, from countries like Canada, Mexico, Romania, Korea and more.
  • Two of URI’s graduate students were awarded Fullbright scholarships last year.

Other notable events

  • WaterFire URI, a public event sponsored by the University of Rhode Island in conjunction with URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement will take place on Friday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. along the riverfront in Providence, Rhode Island. Alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends are invited to come together to celebrate URI and enjoy the beauty of WaterFire.
  • The public is invited to attend Scientific Saturday at the Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, Rhode Island, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. stage tours, interactive experiences and conversations with a wide variety of ocean experts.
  • Alumni and family weekend will take place October 1-3 at the Kingston campus. URI Football will face Stony Brook, with a variety of other events planned over the weekend for URI alumni and students and their families.
  • Launch ceremonies for the 2020 class will take place on Friday October 1 at the Ryan Center. Undergraduate and graduate students will each have two guests as they cross the stage to mark the end of their university studies at URI, an event delayed due to COVID-19. This is a paid event and pre-registration is required.
  • The URI theatrical season kicks off on October 14 with its first performance of the year. Silent Sky, by Lauren Gunderson, is the premiere of four pieces this year, also featuring Clue: On Stage, Twelfth Night and The Wizard of Oz, scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • The URI Music Department launches a strong 2021-2022 performance program on September 12 with the University Artist Series: “Make Them Hear You”, starring Melissa Joseph, soprano; René de la Garza, baritone; David Gilliland, pianist.
  • URI 15th Annual Awards of Excellence originally scheduled for fall 2020, has been postponed to October 23 at the Newport Marriott. The awards honor alumni, businesses and friends who excel in their professional achievements, leadership contributions, community service and philanthropic efforts.


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