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Last Updated on June 13, 2022 by Charles Godson

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Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks URI for 51-75 globally for ”Oceanography” in 2021.


Academic rankings
U.S. News & World Report[15]170
Washington Monthly[16]151
U.S. News & World Report[19]774

URI is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.[20] The student-faculty ratio at University of Rhode Island is 16:1, and the school has 43.1% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Rhode Island include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Psychology, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; and Health-Related Knowledge and Skills, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84%.[21]


U.S. News & World Report ranks URI tied for 170th overall among 389 “national universities” and tied for 83rd out of 209 “top public schools” in 2021.[22]

  • 40th in ”Pharmacy (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 47th in “Best Library and Information Studies Program (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 53rd in ”Best Nursing School: Master’s (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 54th in ”Earth Sciences (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 80th in ”Best Nursing School: Doctor of Nursing Practice (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 101st in ”Clinical Psychology (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 102nd in “Physical Therapy (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 108th in “English (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 109th in “Speech-Language Pathology (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 119th in ”Computer Sciences (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 119th in “Best Education Schools (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 122nd in “Chemistry (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 127th in “Mathematics (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 131st in “Psychology (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 132nd in ”Best Undergraduate Engineering Program” in 2021.[21]
  • 140th in ”Biological Sciences (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 146th in “Physics (tie)” in 2021[23]
  • 154th-202nd in “Best Engineering Schools” in 2021[23]

Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks URI for 51-75 globally for ”Oceanography” in 2021.[24]

Two URI doctoral programs among top 10 in nation

Best Colleges for Oceanography 2018-19 - 2022 2023

National Research Council puts a third program in top 20

KINGSTON, R.I. – December 15, 2010 – The good news just keeps coming for the University of Rhode Island Graduate School, as it learned that two of its doctoral programs rank in the top 10 nationally and a third is ranked in the top 20.

The rankings follow a survey done by the National Research Council, a part of the Council of Graduate Schools. URI’s programs in Environmental and National Resource Economics and in Oceanography were ranked in the top 10, earning high marks for research and their ability to attract external research funding. Nutrition and Food Science, which was cited for its student support and outcomes, was ranked in the top 20.

The Environmental and National Resource Economics program ranked in the top 10 along with Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of California-Berkeley.

The National Research Council’s assessment of research-doctorate programs analyzes more than 5,000 programs at 212 universities, spanning 62 fields.

The news comes on the heels of news that the URI Graduate School has experienced its sharpest increase in applications and enrollment in a decade.

“U.S. graduate schools are a strategic national asset, and the results of this important study will help academic leaders and policy makers establish benchmarks for higher education both here and around the globe,” said Debra W. Stewart, Council of Graduate Schools president. “Doctoral education strengthens our country’s research base and develops the talent we need to remain competitive in the knowledge-based global economy of the 21st century.”

The data collection effort required the participating universities to analyze and compile statistics on more than 60 characteristics of their doctoral programs, such as faculty productivity, students, financing and graduate placement.

The URI Graduate School offers 25 doctoral programs and 33 master’s programs.

“It’s excellent that we have three programs in the top 20, but we’d like to see more,” said Nasser Zawia, interim dean of the Graduate School. “One of the keys to increasing that number is to encourage more URI departments to participate in the national survey. The Graduate School can offer assistance to those departments in filling out those surveys. We’d like to have five programs in the top 20, and with some support and resources, that goal is certainly attainable.”

Zawia said nationally and internationally, URI is recognized for its renowned graduate programs. “Three nationally-ranked programs is not really reflective of who we are,” he said. “We have many more programs that are among the best in the country and in the world.”

“We are a major research institution, and we have an impact, regionally, nationally and internationally,” he said.

About GSO

What is GSO?

About GSO - Graduate School of Oceanography

Interest in the marine sciences and oceanography at the University of Rhode Island dates back to the mid-1930s when the Narragansett Marine Laboratory was established. With significant reorganization and considerable expansion, the initial marine program became the University’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1961.

In 1971, the University was designated one of the original group of national Sea Grant Colleges. The Sea Grant College Program, which emphasizes applied marine studies and public service, involves departments and faculty members throughout the University.

In 1989, the Graduate School of Oceanography was named a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center of Excellence in coastal marine studies. Recently, the National Research Council ranked the Graduate School of Oceanography’s Ph.D. program as one of the best in the country and fifth among oceanographic institutions.

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Narragansett Bay Campus

The Graduate School of Oceanography is located at the Narragansett Bay Campus, six miles east of the URI’s main campus in Kingston. As a center for marine studies, the Bay Campus is ideally situated on the shore of the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. The R/V Endeavor uses the Bay Campus as its home port and base of operations.

In addition to the Graduate School of Oceanography, the Narragansett Bay Campus is also home to:


Rhode Island Weather

Rhode Island’s proximity to Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean plays an important part in determining the climate. During the period from early June to late August, when the SURFO program occurs, the weather is very pleasant and comfortable. In the winter, the temperatures are modified considerably and many major snowfalls often change to rain before reaching the area. Late summer and early fall occasionally bring hurricane watches to the area.

For June and July:

  • Temperature range: 55 – 100 F during the SURFO Program; average ~75 F.
  • Rainfall: ~3″ of rain each month throughout the year.
  • Winds: generally less than 10 kts, but often with stronger, cooler sea breezes in the afternoon.
  • Water temperature range: ~63 F in June to ~75 F in mid-August.
Swimmers at the beach.
SURFO students swimming at the East beach.

Local Points of Interest

Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay are very popular destinations for summer tourists. Numerous beaches, Newport, Providence, and Block Island are just a few of the attractions that draw people to the region. Other information about points of interest can be found at:

GSO is also conveniently located to many other points of interest (estimated travel time by car):

  • Newport, RI (15 minutes)
  • Providence, RI (30 minutes)
  • Cape Cod (1.5 hours)
  • Boston (1.5 hours)
  • New York City (3-4 hours)

Transportation Centers near GSO:

  • Amtrak Train Station (15 minutes)
  • Wickford Junction MBTA Station (15 minutes)
  • Providence, T.F. Green Airport (20 minutes)
  • Providence Bus Station (30 minutes)

Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA) buses serve the Narragansett Bay Campus vicinity.  Currently, Route 64 buses stop on campus and a Route 14 bus stop is ¾ mi. away. RIPTA statewide maps and schedules are available at  Ride sharing services such as Lyft and Uber are available.  Zipcars are available at URI’s main campus ( and in Newport.

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins in February, we strongly urge having all materials, including letters of reference, in early and by the February 21st deadline. Final participant selection begins soon after the deadline.

Late applications will be accepted, with priority given to applications received on or before the deadline.


Citizenship. The SURFO program is limited to U.S. citizens or foreign students who are permanent residents of the U.S. or U.S. possessions.

Academic Standing. All undergraduate students are welcome to apply, but the SURFO program is targeted for students completing their junior year. The SURFO program may also accept talented students completing their sophomore year or seniors who will be graduating after the fall semester.

Students with Disabilities. Your access in this program is important. This REU program makes every effort to ensure that students with disabilities can successfully participate. Please be in touch with us early in the program planning phase, so that we have adequate time to discuss and arrange accommodations.

Analyzing zooplankton samples with a video plankton recorder.
Ariel Pezner analyzing zooplankton samples with a video plankton recorder.

Selection Criteria

The selection of SURFO participants is based upon:

  • academic preparation in the basic sciences, math or engineering
  • possible career interest in oceanography or ocean engineering
  • research potential
  • ability to articulate, in writing, reasons for applicant’s interest in the program
  • recommendations from undergraduate professors, research advisors, employers.

NSF mandates that all REU sites in oceanography do not demand a response (acceptance or rejection) from the students before March 15, to give them an opportunity to choose among potential offerings. We try to match students’ interest(s) with advisors’ areas of research by April 1st, juggling acceptance / rejection, pairing students / advisors. Most applicants are notified of their acceptance into the program by April 1st. Our goal is to complete the whole process by 15 April. Any student who is asked to accept or reject an REU offer prior to 15 March should contact the Division of Ocean Science’s REU Program Director, Lisa Rom at [email protected] or 703-292-7709.

On Narragansett Bay.
On Narragansett Bay.

Application Materials

(available shortly after Thanksgiving for the following summer)

  • SURFO Application 2021 (This is a Google form; you will need to sign in with a Google account)
  • If the Google Form above looks like it’s closed for submissions, but the stated deadline has not passed: Please try a different Google account, such as a personal account. The “closed for submissions” message may be triggered by a known Google security bug, or if your email domain’s administrators have chosen to restrict your access to Google Forms hosted by external organizations, such as

Within the above form, you will be asked to provide personal and contact information, name and email address for two references, and to provide/upload the following documents:

1 – Statement of Interest

  • Career Interests
  • Research Experience (if any)
  • Reasons for Interest in this Program

2 – Letters of Reference (LOR, 2 required) 

  • LORs should be from at least one person (two preferably) who is familiar with your academic capabilities and can comment on your interest in research.  The second LOR may be from a prior employer.
  • LORs are confidential, your references are to email their LOR directly to the program coordinator: [email protected].  The Letter of Recommendation filename should follow this format: familyname_firstname_SURFO_Rec.

3 – Resume which includes:

  • Education
  • Relevant Coursework
  • Honors/Awards
  • Work Experience
  • Computer Experience (Systems, Platforms and/or Languages used; Code writing experience; Hardware & Software familiarity)
  • Other Activities

4 – College Transcripts

  • for each college attended
  • we accept unofficial transcripts
2019 SURFOs on the Capt’n Bert (Lydia Nunez, Kamal James, Sommer Meyer and Ben Watzak).

After submission, you should see a closing message like “Thank you for applying to the SURFO program” which indicates that your application has been successfully received. You will also be notified by an automated response email that your application was submitted and received.