Students can choose from more than 100 student clubs and organizations reflecting recreational and academic pursuits, cultural and ethnic interests, spiritual and political affiliations, lifestyles, community service, professional growth opportunities, and more. And if a student can't find the club they’re looking for, they're encouraged to form it. About 15 percent of the total University undergraduate population are part of URI's Greek community, which consists 14 fraternities, 10 sororities, and eight organizations that make up the Multi-Cultural Greek Council. The Greek community prides itself on Scholarship, Leadership, Philanthropy, and Friendship.
Outreach is at the core of the University's role as a land-, sea-, and urban-grant institution. Whether doing disaster relief work or environmental clean-up, monitoring water quality, building new homes for Habitat, tutoring and mentoring, or offering medication review and counseling, students and faculty are always sharing their knowledge with people around the state, nation, and world. So strong is URI's commitment and student involvement that the school was listed among The Princeton Review's "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement." Out on the playing field, students can engage in sports and recreation at any level they want from 18 NCAA Division I intercollegiate programs to 11 intramural sports, to 15 regionally and nationally-ranked club teams that involve more than 400 student-athletes competing at the intercollegiate club level.
URI's 1,200-acre, picturesque rural setting in historic Kingston Village is perfectly located just six miles from Rhode Island's coastal beaches. At only 30 miles south of Providence, an hour train ride to Boston, and a few hours from New York City, it's also an ideal location for some of the best cultural and internship offerings. URI is the largest university in the nation's smallest state.