School Spotlight: University of Rhode Island

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

Although many New England and Mid-Atlantic students flock to the University of Rhode Island for its popular business, engineering, and nursing programs, there’s another reason to consider attending URI. Thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean (beaches are just 15 minutes away), the university’s over 15,400 undergrads can choose from a range of aquatic-themed majors such as ocean engineering (a rarity in the US), marine biology, or marine affairs. Ocean engineering majors can research everything from underwater acoustics to seafloor mapping, while juniors and seniors in the marine biology program can spend a semester at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences studying coral reef ecology and research diving methods. The marine affairs major (which can culminate in either a BA or BS degree) is a unique interdisciplinary field that combines aquatic science and policy in courses such as Marine Pollution Policy and International Ocean Law. Another popular (and highly competitive program) at URI is the six-year Pharm.D. program, which guarantees students admission into the university’s professional College of Pharmacy after successfully completing two years of undergraduate study.

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Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.