Monday, July 07, 2008

URI's Dirty Little Secret

Generally I only have good things to say about URI, home base to my youngest son who loves it there.

However, I do have one major complaint echoed by others- the % of out-of-state admissions. Currently, most of the students are NOT Rhode Island residents. Some programs are worse than others- notably the Pharmacy School. I was unable to find stats for the various university programs giving the % of residents versus non-residents. And I'm good at find out info (former librarian).

Why is this? Well, duh, it's money. Out-of-staters pay substantially more in tuition. URI is #6 in state-supported schools with the highest number of out-of-state students. Out-of-staters pay 3x more! Understand now?

The pharmacy program is one of the most competitive programs at URI. Each year, more than 1,000 applicants pursue 90 available spots in the six-year Pharm.D. program. Construction of a new building for this prestigious program has begun. And who is paying for this building- WE ARE through a state bond! And who will be using it? Not many of us, to be sure.

Here is the 2007 pharmacy tuition for a state resident: $6,376. For a non-resident: $21,230. And let's not forget substantial fees.

Anyone know the % of in-state students in this program or any others? Most state schools offers preference admission to residents, but not all. We should be ashamed not only for the rising costs here, but the lack of residents. They are often just as well qualified, but not offering more tuition monies. Sad, especially considering that some of our industries are suffering from lack of qualified college grads. There seems to be a quota here of in-state admissions versus out-of-state admissions which we are not aware of and should be. Hello, Projo. You can look into this far better than I. Although, maybe not...
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