Colleges in Rhode Island

Colleges in Rhode Island

Officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, this New England state has the longest name, is the smallest in area, and is also the second most densely populated. Little Rhody experiences warm summers and cold winters and was the first to part ways from the British Crown back in 1776. There are 12 degree-granted, accredited colleges in Rhode Island, include Brown University, the oldest, most selective, and a member of the Ivy League. The state is also home to the Naval War College. Manufacturing of electric equipment, as well as computer and electronics, is a top industry in The Ocean State, but Rhode Island is also a top producer of jewelry. Top tourist attractions include Benefit Street, the RISD Museum of Art in Providence, and The Breakers, a Gilded-Age mansion.
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Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university that was founded in 1764. The university offers more than 40 academic departments. The campus is home to program housing for students who share similar interests, plus substance-free,...

“…brown is awesome because it is very challenging and definitely a rigorous education, but students generally work together as opposed to competing against each other. the spirit on campus is one of acceptance of everything and everyone and anyone can...” – Danielle from North Potomac, MD

University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is the state's largest university as well as the land- and sea- grant institution. The main campus is based in Kingston, which, as of 2018, is named to the National Register of Historic Places, and spans 1,200 acres...

“…I love how the stairs in the Biotechnology college is designed to look like DNA. Also URI offers a dual major program where engineers can pick a language to major in as well and in their fourth get to travel to a different country!” – Joyce from Jewett City, CT

Providence College

Founded in 1917 by the Dominican Friars, Providence College is a Catholic, Dominican liberal arts institution located in the city of the same name in Rhode Island. PC offers 52 major fields of study and was the first college in the nation to offer a...

“…Excellent school with a beautiful campus and great people. Classes are tough with a good deal of work, but people are there to support you. So pleased to have applied and been accepted. Great place!” – Mac

Bryant University

Originally founded as a business college for Civil War veterans, Bryant University is a 4-year private school in northern Rhode Island. Bryant is home to the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences offering 168 academic major/minor...

“…It is a small school that cares about your success and your well being. There is a global perspective to everything that you do because they want you to look at the big picture ” – kid from out of state

Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is a private institution located in Bristol, RI, that was named for a 17th century visionary who advocated for religious liberty, equality, and a government free of religion. What began as a junior college back in 1956 is...

“…RWU is a university that has it all with its perfect balance of educational and social opportunities. With a variety of clubs, sports, and intramural activities, not to mention its geographical surroundings, there is surely something for everyone....” – Gabriella from Middletown, CT

Rhode Island School of Design

The Rhode Island School of Design is a fine arts college in the state capital of Providence and one of the first art and design institutions in the United States. RISD confers bachelor’s degrees in 21 fine arts fields of study such as Ceramics,...

“…RISD is a diverse community. RISD is well known for its strong academics. Students are very talented and enthusiastic about art in general.” – Julie

Rhode Island College

Founded as a teacher training school, Rhode Island College is a public college in Providence and the second oldest institution of higher learning in the state. RIC is home to five schools of Education, Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, and...

“…Rhode Island College is a college which offers a wide-variety of majors. The campuses are very easy to navigate around. The OASIS Department is very helpful in picking your classes.” – Joshua from Smithfield, RI

Salve Regina University

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, Salve Regina University is a Catholic liberal arts college bordering the Newport Cliff Walk in coastal Rhode Island. Featuring a campus of former Gilded Age mansions, Salve grants bachelor’s degrees in over 40...

“…Salve is not only located on a beautiful campus but offers a well-rounded educational experience. The honors program is rigorous enough to encourage a good work ethic while lax enough to allow students to enjoy their scheduling choices. There are a...” – Mariah from Hackettstown, NJ

Johnson & Wales University-Providence

Johnson & Wales University is career-focused institution with a main campus in Providence and branch campuses in North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado. JWU is home to six colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees in 28 fields of study. All JWU classes...

“…Love this University because it caters to it's students as far as the advisers going out of their way to help in anyway they can. We have the best meal plan in the country due to the culinary that run the many choice on-campus restaurants. The...” – Ryan from Harwich, MA

The Community College of Rhode Island stands out as the only 2-year community college in The Ocean State. It also maintains its standing as the largest community college in New England. CCRI offers majors in 24 academic departments. Over the years,...

“… I'm currently taking a summer class Engish reading 0250. The community college of rhode island is a good place for studying its quiet and has lots of space to do work. the even have work study as a place for employment opportunity.They also give...” – Lori from Providence, RI

The New England Institute of Technology is a technical university in eastern Rhode Island. New England Tech offers 17 technology-centered bachelor’s degree programs that can be completed in 18 months and new classes start four times throughout the...

Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis, St. Joseph School of Nursing is a nurse training academy in eastern Rhode Island. The St. Joseph School offers a diploma-granting program in Nursing with classes taking place at Salve Regina University....

With a main campus along the shores of Mount Hope Bay, Roger Williams University School of Law is the only law school in Rhode Island. RWU Law offers a 3-year JD curriculum and a Master of Studies in Law program featuring 16 legal concentrations. As...

Johnson & Wales University Online is the internet hub for JWU’s career-focused online classes. JWU Online offers bachelor’s degrees in 31 fields of study. All JWU Online classes follow the university’s Experiential Learning model and every faculty...

With a campus overlooking Newport Harbor, the International Yacht Restoration School is a marine technology academy on the southern coast of Rhode Island. IYRS offers academic programs in Boatbuilding, Digital Modeling, Marine Systems and Composites...

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