Rhode Island, University of, at Kingston; coeducational; land-grant and state-supported; chartered 1888, opened as a school 1890, as an agricultural and mechanical college 1892. From 1909 to 1951 it was called Rhode Island State College. It maintains a graduate school of oceanography on Narragansett Bay, a planetarium, a center for robotics research, and the state agricultural research station (est. 1888). The university has a large collection of early American textiles.
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