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STUDY IN A SMALL, BEAUTIFUL PLACE WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST THINKERS IN THE WORLD.


YOU CAN COUNT ON A WARM WELCOME!

Above: Move-In Day. Facing page: On First Night, besides meeting representatives from the 100+ campus organizations, students get to know one another at a variety of events.

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Beyond the picturesque pastures and miles of beautiful beaches nearby, the true beauty of URI lies in its dynamic students. Our experienced advisors team up with student leaders to ensure that your transition to college is relaxed and easy. When you arrive in the fall, we’ll help you move in, hold special events and activities, and provide all the assistance you need to feel at home at URI. We host an annual First Night, offer an activity-filled Welcome Week, and extend an open invitation to the Memorial Union, the hub of our campus community, which is home to such offices as Student Involvement, Student Life, Student Programming, the Center for Student Leadership Development, and so much more!

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For more on URI student life: Memorial Student Union: mu.uri.edu Student Affairs: uri.edu/student_affairs Student Involvement: mu.uri.edu/involvement

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE Imagine starting college with your class schedule already in hand and knowing your way around campus. All new students have questions. University College (UC)—our fully dedicated advising college—has the answers you need. As the academic home for all incoming students, UC offers access to certified tutors, peer mentors, academic advisors, internships, national student exchange, study abroad, and more. Our advisors include specialists for students who have not declared a major (our motto is “No Major? No Problem!”). We ensure a smooth transition to college with support for every aspect of your first-year experience—and beyond!

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KEVIN COLMAN—(above, right) Cranston, RI, Class of 2011. Orientation leader, campus tour guide, vice president of the Student Alumni Association, and founder of a new student philanthropy club. Majors: Communication Studies; Public Relations. Minor: Leadership Studies.

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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES The College of Arts and Sciences offers all the advantages of a liberal arts college with the added resources and faculty expertise of a major research university. Housing more than half the university’s majors and minors, we engage students in cutting-edge research, creative innovations, and outreach initiatives that serve the changing needs of the state, the country, and the world. Whether you study our intellectual and cultural heritage, the physical and biological world, or the evolving fields of communications and computing, you will acquire the critical thinking skills to understand the foundations of our socio-political, economic, and natural world. Our programs of research, scholarship, and artistic expression have no borders, and we encourage you to imagine your future as you want it—you can combine your interests into double majors that will prepare you to contribute to the world in a way as unique as you. For a complete list and descriptions of our majors, visit uri.edu/artsci.

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FROM THE KITCHEN TO THE FUEL TANK, DIESEL IS BACK IN A BIG WAY

After transferring to URI to study chemistry and the environment, Mike Bailey joined the President’s Council on Sustainability and helped write URI’s Climate Action Plan. His work with chemistry professors Brett Lucht and Brenton DeBoef, converting used cooking oil from campus cafeterias into biodiesel for campus lawnmowers, landed Mike a paid internship and a full-time job with Newport Biodiesel. Now he’s converting cooking oil from Rhode Island restaurants into sustainable fuel for homes and businesses state-wide. He even drives a car powered by his own product! MICHAEL BAILEY—North Providence, RI, Class of 2011. Major: Chemistry.

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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING URI’s College of Engineering offers a diverse community of scholars, experts, and active researchers dedicated to the development and application of advanced technologies. We know that by working together we can and will enhance the quality of life for all. We are creative problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs, applying our skills for the advancement of knowledge, service to our community, and the economic development of the state and beyond. We prepare our graduates to be global leaders in a wide range of engineering disciplines. We ensure that you’ll join our prestigious alumni—creative, responsible engineers, aware of the social implications of their work and flexible enough to adjust to the rapid changes taking place in the world.

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HOLLY CLARK—Norfolk, VA, Class of 2011. Major: Ocean Engineering. Minors: Mathematics; Underwater Archaeology. Examining the printed circuit board at the Middleton Laboratory at the GSO.

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COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES If you care about wildlife conservation, environmental policy, resource sustainability, health, and the future of our planet, you’ve found your home. In URI’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences, you’ll develop new scientific knowledge alongside world-class faculty in the laboratory and the field. Hands-on stewardship of the earth’s resources is at the core of your experience with us. Whether you study marine biology or biotechnology, nutrition or environmental science, landcape architecture or animal science, you’ll work with professors who are nationally recognized for their cutting-edge science. Our new Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences houses state-of-the-art classrooms, high-tech research laboratories, and special genomic and aquarium facilities. Visit uri.edu/cels.

SCIENCE, SPANISH, AND SWAZILAND. The best decision “undecided” major Megan Banner made at URI was choosing to reside in the living and learning community for the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. Being surrounded by so many different science students helped her discover her passions and ultimately led her to double major in biology and microbiology. She also managed to pick up minors in chemistry and Spanish along the way. And she spent a semester in South Africa studying at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. While there, she learned to speak Xhosa, one of the many tribal languages in the region, and took the chance to see Table Mountain in Cape Town, the beaches of Mozambique, Soccer City in Johannesburg, the Indian markets in Durban, and a cultural village in Swaziland, shown at left. All this in just four years. MEGAN BANNER—Lincoln, RI, Class of 2011. Majors: Biology; Microbiology. Minors: Chemistry; Spanish.

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KEEPING THE WILD IN WILDLIFE.

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No adventure is too wild for Joe Attwater, who feels most at home in the outdoors. Among the first decisions he made at URI was to join the Outing Club, where he could go rock-climbing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, rafting, and more. Joe took the same hands-on approach to academics, completing a freshman-year internship studying coastal sea duck migration with professors from the Department of Natural Resources Science. Joe also volunteered for the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, helping with their efforts to save the endangered piping plover, and was drawn to explore the wildlife of South Africa with a semester abroad. Beyond his interest in elephants, monkeys, and boars, Joe became intrigued with the South African people. One day he hopes to return with ideas for sustainable agriculture to help them be successful farmers.

t JOE ATTWATER (summit)—Waterford, CT, Class of 2011. Major: Wildlife and Conservation Biology. u CHRISTINA KNOLL— Edison, NJ, Class of 2011. Major: Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

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Christina Knoll knows how to bring a flock together. The campus-wide peace rally she organized attracted more than 1,000 participants and helped earn her the URI chaplains’ MLK Peacemaker Award, as well as the New England regional Diversity Award from Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR). As a wildlife and conservation biology major, she spent her undergraduate years doing progressively more responsible and intensive research for Professor Scott McWilliams, first taking care of temporarily captive birds, then measuring food availability in the birds’ natural habitat, and finally tracking their migratory patterns using radio-telemetry. By graduation, Christina had landed her dream job as a New York City Urban Park Ranger. Once URI students grow wings, they can fly anywhere.

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WHEN YOU BELIEVE, YOU CAN FLY.

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KATRINA MEEHAN—Wakefield, RI, Class of 2011. Major: Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design. Minor: Art.

Thanks to three internships, Katrina Meehan LISA MARIE CARROLL developed an impressive résumé in the fashion world. At her summer internship at Donna Karan International in Manhattan, she sat in on meetings with showroom reps from Milan, Italy and around the world. A year later she returned to New York to intern with

Rogan, an eco-friendly designer, and with Seventeen magazine, writing blogs and organizing designer clothing for photo shoots. On campus, she was president of the Fashion Merchandising Society. Katrina has already started her job as a production coordinator for Li & Fung USA Designer Collaborations.

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FROM KINGSTON TO NEW YORK AND BEYOND.

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COLLEGE OF NURSING URI’s College of Nursing goes beyond the standard nursing curriculum. Our program prepares you to meet the exciting challenges of professional nursing. Nursing is a systematic, deliberate caring process that recognizes the dignity of each individual, promotes self-determined care, improves health, reduces risk, prevents disease, manages illness, and supports individuals and families in all phases of living and dying. Our distinguished faculty, including researchers funded by such prestigious sources as the National Institutes of Health and the Mayday Fund, offer a dynamic curriculum, balancing theory with clinical practice—all amidst the highest-level teaching technology available today.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY TO PATIENT CARE. Nurses are caregivers, chemists, detectives, and more. During his nursing education at URI, Rodney Confident discovered his passion for patient advocacy: listening to their stories, family histories, and fears, and communicating these to physicians in a way that enhances overall healthcare. After observing a patient who was not physically or emotionally ready for a scheduled discharge, Rodney persuaded her treatment team to extend her inpatient care. We’d say that’s the kind of nurse everyone deserves.

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RODNEY CONFIDENT—Providence, RI, Class of 2011. Minors: Biology; Chemistry.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES If you can dream it, we can help you achieve it. At URI, we’re constantly creating unique programs of combined majors and minors to help students approach problem-solving from different perspectives, and better prepare them for a world that’s changing by the day. If you want to combine two—or more —of your interests, the only limit is your imagination.

EXPLORING THE UNEXPLORED. URI was always Ben Negrete’s firstchoice college for marine biology. Once here, he found he could also continue to play oboe as a music minor. Plus, he’s pursuing a second major in psychology, to help himself understand the connection between marine life and human conservation behavior—or the lack of it. Ben earned a multi-year scholarship and summer internship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As a summer 2011 Hollings Intern with NOAA’s Habitat Ecology Team in Santa Cruz, CA, he studied the ecology of deep sea corals. Where does he see himself in five years? On the cutting edge of the worldwide environmental movement, changing human behavior and saving endangered species.

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BENJAMIN NEGRETE—Fort Worth, TX, Class of 2012. Majors: Marine Biology; Psychology. Minor: Music Performance.

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SCIENCE WITH A TWIST. What brought Nicole Millette here from Minnesota? Short answer: our marine biology program. More fully, the flexibility to major in her chosen career while also pursuing unrelated interests. Nicole parlayed her passion for theatre into an interdisciplinary minor. Courses like Introduction to Acting—and her favorite, Stage Combat—allowed her “to get up and move around, and use a completely different part of my brain.” After that, she says, “I was able to focus a lot better” on classes like Genetics, Organic Chemistry, and her marine ecology research with Professor Carol Thornber. For URI undergraduates pursuing multiple passions, there are no conflicts of interest. NICOLE MILLETTE——Brainerd, MN, Class of 2011. Major: Marine Biology. Minor: Theatre. Sparring with MICHAEL COMMENDATORE——Chepachet, RI, Class of 2012. Majors: Theatre; Film Studies.

SETH STEINMAN—North Kingstown, RI, Class of 2011 (Honors Program). Major: Political Science. Minors: Sustainability; International Development; Leadership Studies.

Seth Steinman’s natural curiosity led him to join URI’s First-Year Student Leadership Institute, which helped land him an internship at the R.I. Attorney General’s office. By the end of his first year, he was selected to serve as an Institute Leader and inducted into the national freshman honor society. Instead of a summer job, Seth opted for URI’s summer in Guatemala program, which combines study abroad with learning about sustainable solutions for global challenges. He lived in an adobe home with a local family, took classes at the teacher’s house, and helped the community with fishing, carrying water, and laundering clothes in a lake. These unique opportunities allowed him to take on three separate yet related academic minors. Nominated by Professor Cheryl Foster, he won a Metcalf Scholarship, too. Small wonder he’s already working for a town planning department, writing the energy section of their Comprehensive Plan. With leaders like Seth, there’s reason to believe that our graduates can change the world.

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COMBINE INTERESTS. CHANGE THE WORLD.

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HONORS PROGRAM For the curious and creative, our Honors Program offers something extra: smaller classes, livelier discussions, more in-depth exploration. Choose from such freshman seminars as “BE the Solution for Global Public Health Problems,” “Psychology of Violence and Nonviolence,” “Entrepreneurial Approaches to Wicked Problems: Poverty in the Global South,” and “Made in China,” to name a few. You can even study ordinary topics in extraordinary ways. Examine the impact of climate change through history, or learn about communication through the rhetoric of poverty. Our annual Honors Colloquium brings nationally and internationally distinguished writers, artists, and scholars to campus for a year-long investigation of issues. Recent themes have been Demystifying India, China Rising, Global Environmental Change, and Race. If you choose, you’ll do an in-depth honors project in a subject that inspires you, and it doesn’t have to relate to your major. Honors Program faculty and advisors will help you compete for prestigious national scholarships, prepare for admission to medical, dental, or veterinary school, and build a portfolio that will showcase your marketability for graduate school, professional programs, and the global workforce.

MEGAN O’BRIEN—Whitefish Bay, WI, Class of 2011. Major: Marine Biology. Minor: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

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THE OCEAN IS HER LABORATORY.

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Varsity rower Megan O’Brien is transforming her passion for marine ecosystems into a research career. The Honors Program helped her apply for—and win—both a Goldwater and a Hollings Scholarship. These awards gave her such opportunities as a week aboard URI’s research vessel Endeavor with Professors Dave Ullman and Chris Kincaid, studying coastal fluid dynamics in Rhode Island Sound; a month at sea researching zooplankton in the Pacific Ocean; and a summer in Seattle interning with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Megan is now enrolled in URI’s master’s degree program in integrative and evolutionary biology. As our oceans are continually impacted by human and natural changes, “The need for knowledge and discovery become ever more critical,” Megan says. “I want to be on the leading edge of it.”

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URI’S URBAN EXPERIENCE URI’s Feinstein Providence Campus provides a vibrant metropolitan backdrop for an urban, nonresidential college experience—or the occasional change of scenery. You’ll be perfectly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer, from culture to entertainment, good food, shopping, and more. And it’s conveniently located on the public bus route, making it easy to get there from Kingston or anywhere!

SMALL CITY CAMPUS. BIG OPPORTUNITIES. At URI’s Providence campus, you can earn a bachelor’s degree in communication studies; English; history; human development and family studies; medical laboratory science and biotechnology manufacturing; or psychology. You’ll discover cutting-edge biotechnology labs, an on-site early childhood center, and access to the same renowned faculty members who teach at the Kingston campus. You’ll also find faculty advisors, a library, and more!

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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

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Growing up near Philadelphia gave Matt Letner a taste for the big city. As a full-time Kingstoncampus student, he’s taken several courses at URI’s downtown Providence campus. “Kingston has the small community feel to it, but Providence has the urban atmosphere. It’s the best of both worlds,” he says. While at URI, Matt completed internships with the manufacturer National Label Company and the nonprofit organization Turning Points for Children. Matt now works at ARK Marketing Consultants in Philadelphia. MATTHEW LETNER—Gwynedd Valley, PA, Class of 2011. Major: Psychology. Minor: General Business Management.

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AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST. CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT. PIONEER OF MAGIC WALL ELECTION COVERAGE. INTERVIEWER OF WORLD LEADERS.

As anchor of John King, USA and chief national correspondent for CNN, John King is one of the most-watched and influential broadcasters in the world—and he got his start as a journalism major at URI. From covering the September 11 attack and breaking the story of Osama Bin Laden’s death to reporting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami, John King has covered nearly every major news story during his distinguished career. He’s in good company, too, with CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour, a 1983 URI graduate; New York Times Managing Editor John Geddes, a 1974 URI graduate; and thousands of other URI alumni making big news.

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URI GRADUATE.

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WHAT’S ON THE MENU? HOW ABOUT ANYTHING YOU WANT?

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There are plenty of dining options at URI and a wide variety of foods from which to choose. If you live in a University residence hall or a suite-style apartment without a kitchen, you’ll purchase a resident meal plan each semester. You can also buy Dining Dollars, so you can pick up a Starbucks coffee or an Ice Cream Machine treat, and stop at the on-campus food courts and convenience stores.

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For even more dining options, a Ram Account will give you access to all University dining services, as well as University retail shops, residence hall laundry and vending machines, and participating restaurants and retail locations in the Kingston Emporium and neighboring towns. When we say choice, we mean it.

GETTING A LOT OUT OF GETTING INVOLVED. Kevin Mirandou knows the full value of getting involved at URI. Whether hanging out with his Sailing Club friends (1), or working with a study partner in the College of Nursing student lounge (2), Kevin always finds the company and support he needs. He also knows how to have fun, like taking a road trip to NYC, where he posed with a penguin at FAO Schwarz (3)! And he’s found ways to “give back” —working as a URI tour guide (4) and volunteering with Ali’s Angels alongside SpongeBob to raise money for The Tomorrow Fund (5). u

KEVIN MIRANDOU—East Greenwich, RI, Class of 2014. Major: Nursing.

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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME ­—AND FAR FROM TYPICAL.

Most of our students live in Living and Learning Communities (LLCs), designed to ensure that you are surrounded by friends with similar academic

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interests. You’ll enjoy advisors who come to your residence hall and live-in upperclass mentors who are ready to help you get off to a great start with your college career. Sharing classes makes it easier to make connections, both socially and academically. You’ll form natural study groups, and you’ll generally feel more connected to faculty, staff, and the University at large. It’s a small, beautiful campus with plenty of room for you!

So what’s new with campus living at URI? Quite a bit, actually. For starters, many of our residence halls are either renovated or brand-new and even certified environmentally “green.” And with the recent additions, we are now able to offer more living styles to meet your needs.

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