Like any college in the world, there are many things that could benefit from some change at The University of Rhode Island. Here’s a list of a few things that I would change if I had the chance:
1. The Parking
Parking at URI is equivalent to finding a parking spot on an LA street on a hot summer day. It’s near impossible. The restrictions on parking throughout campus are a bit ridiculous. There is one main lot located in the back corner of campus, which is not near any of the academic buildings. Most students who attend URI live off campus, which makes parking all the way in the back lot extremely inconvenient. There are simply not enough spots for all the students. If you do have a parking pass, you must pay a whopping $250 per year to park your car anywhere on campus. URI insists every year that they’re going to change the awful parking situation, but to this day nothing has been done to try and make it better.
2. The Buildings
The old historical look of URI is a beautiful view. However, inside the buildings are not so nice. They’re very outdated and old. They aren’t efficient enough for what modern day college students need to learn. The few new buildings that were built a few years ago are nice and modern. But most students don’t even get to use them as they’re primarily for pharmacy and nursing students. They are given priority as those majors require much more specific tools.
3. The Wi-Fi
The only thing worse than the parking at URI is the Wi-Fi. Connecting to “URI_Secure,” is the most annoying thing that you will ever have to deal with as a student at URI. It’s bipolar- some days it works, other days it doesn’t. It’s extremely unreliable. So if you have Wi-Fi on a day before you have a huge paper that requires you to use the internet, I suggest you do it far in advance just incase “URI_Secure,” decides it doesn’t want to work when you were planning on getting your work done.
4. The Dining Hall Hours
Along with the horrible food, the dining hall hours at URI are horrendous. They open at 7am every morning close at 7:30pm every night, which is extremely inconvenient for people who have later classes at night. There are also only two small dining halls on campus, which causes major delays and lines at peak eating hours.
5. The Dry Campus
Back in the 1990’s, URI was the #1 party school in the entire country. Because of that reputation, the administration pulled a 360 and made the entire campus a dry campus. There is no alcohol allowed anywhere on campus. There are no bars or liquor stores on campus. Don’t get me wrong, URI is definitely still a great party school, but if it went back to its old ways of a wet campus, it would just add to the great experience it already provides for students.