University of Rhode Island Reviews
Rating 3.49 out of 5 2,412 reviews
The atmosphere on campus is always teeming with life and the professors are highly engaged in the students' educational experience.
I took 2 online courses over the summer and was not met with difficulties or technological issues. The setup of the courses on URI's server was easy to access and it was easy to get in touch with the professor.
I've taken a few classes online now, and while it's quite an adjustment and you'll need very strong skills in time management and organization to truly excel, the courses are robust and very informational. The teachers have been very helpful for the most part. The return on investment dips here quite a bit considering the lack of campus amenities, but as long as you get in touch with everyone you need to and have all the things you need going in, you're bound to do well.
I've been here for about a year now, and there is so much going on. This is honestly a great school. I think people who are able to go entirely in-person will get the most out of their time, but during the pandemic it has still been a great experience, and the people and teachers have been very kind and accommodating. The food is very good with a wide variety of options, there are endless clubs to join, a diverse student body, many exceptional majors to choose from, and so much more.
The professors are very helpful and communicative and extremely responsive when emails are sent. Additionally, the campus is clean and has lots of different resources such as small stores, study spaces, food options, athletic facilities, state-of-the-art labs, and beautiful lecture halls. They have done a great job keeping the community safe and bound together during this difficult time by offering online activities and grab-and-go activities that make people feel a sense of belonging. As someone on a sports team, I am extremely lucky to be able to practice on a regular basis and follow protocols that allow me to be safe but stay active even with a really heavy academic load. There is ample tutoring and online meetings that were able to help me get information for setting up my fall semester, asking what I thought were "stupid" questions, and staff are continuing to try and make this the best experience for all of us. I feel that I can reach out and I have a community to help me out.
The program here was great, however I dislike the social aspect of this school. I will be transferring next year to a different school. The campus really has nothing to do, besides party if you're into that. Especially with covid this school was very lonely feeling for an out of state student.
I have taken about half my classes online, so far all the professors have been great and very understanding of any technology issues. I always prefer in person learning, but they are doing their best to make things accessible to everyone.
They are trying their best to accommodate everyone’s needs and genuinely care about their students and faculty. Very serious covid precautions are in effect to ensure students and faculty safety.
Great school spirit and diversity. Everyone is super friendly and genuinely happy to be there. Great positive environment and safe place to live on campus.
It's a large campus with a small feel. Great atmosphere and good people. Although I did a virtual tour, I can tell that it would be a good fit if I was to choose to go there.
For me, URI has been a great school to attend. I suppose I might be biased because I live in RI so I have the benefit of less tuition. It is really affordable and super enjoyable. For the most part, professors really do work hard to help you learn. I am not sure why some people are challenged by the status Quo. I am in the History department and I find all the professors quite lovely and easy to work with (at least in Archaeology and Anthropology). It is certainly not ALL professors and teachers. There are some that are just not that interested. It is a good school!
The online experience for me has been really great. I get to stay home, listen to lectures, work with professors. I have more time to read now that I am not driving 10000 hours a week and I am not wasting my time running around campus or running out of gas money. It has been saving me money to be honest. I also know that it is only temporal.
Most professors seemed to be properly trained in online education. The webpage used for classes is easy to use.
My online experience was okay. Like many, I was forced to take online classes due to the pandemic. Many of the younger teachers took it in stride, and the older professors struggled a bit more. Everyone was trying their best, but at times it fell short. I am also someone who generally prefers having human to human contact, so I may have just been having a harder time with the transition than most.
I enjoyed my experience overall. The faculty and staff are really there for you and care about each individual succeeding. Aside from academics, I appreciated the location of the school. Majority of students will live on campus their first two years, and upperclassman typically opt to live "down the line" in Narragansett which is a beach town. It is a 15 minute drive to campus. It is the best of both worlds, being really close to the beach and really close to school. Students typically will rent out summer homes that are vacant during the academic year. The campus itself is also pretty large and continuing to expand. There is a brand new engineering building which is fantastic, so if anyone is specifically interested in engineering I would strongly consider URI.
Rhode Island has a community like no other. I have thoroughly enjoyed my past 4 years here and it has become my "home away from home". I am originally from New Jersey and felt immediately welcomed here from my fellow peers and faculty. Everyone wants to help you succeed and accomplish your goals.
Different professors use different online platforms like Zoom or WebEx so you need to pay attention to the syllabus and make sure you have your details in order. For the most part, professors are very understanding of this new learning platform and are flexible about attendance and assignment issues.