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,...

“…I love the diversity of Brown. The community is so supportive and encouraging of one another, and are truly interested into getting to know you.” – Logan from Columbus, OH

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...

“…The professors at URI are, far the most part, engaging, caring, and intelligent. Once in a while, you get stuck with a poor professor, but that is the same at every school. Most professors go out of their way to help you and make themselves available...” – Andrew from Narragansett, RI

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...

“…Providence College is a small, Catholic institution in Providence, Rhode Island. It has great academics that feature a core liberal arts education for all majors. Providence also has the excitement of Division I sports and access to a big city.” – Emily from Massachusetts

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...

“…Professors at Bryant are extremely accommodating and present a great deal of real world experience to pass onto their students. The small class size is also helpful in allowing for students to get the attention they require. The blended curriculum of...” – Meredith

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...

“…The campus is absolutely beautiful and one of the major reasons I fell in love with this school, but because we are directly on the water, there is a lot of rain. The teachers are willing to help whenever and wherever possible and are actually...” – Rachel from Durham, 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 challenging school that will help you to look at art in new and interesting ways. the professors are amazing and always willing to help. the diverse cultural and artistic styles help to stir creativity.” – meri

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...

“…Because of the general education requirements for all majors, as well as class availability is so diverse, I have been able to take classes from womans studies to native american studies and beyond. I have learned many many things about all different...” – Lindsey from Lincoln, 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 a great school to attend if you are focused on your academics, seeking a deeper spiritual life (or not), plan to get involved in the community, and wish to be by the ocean. ” – Bethany from Salem, MA

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...

“…Johnson and Wales is full of opportunities for its culinary students. The chefs are amazing and know what they're doing so you'll learn a lot. It's a small but prestigious culinary school.” – Carolina from Yakima, WA

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 am currently a full time student, enrolled in 4 classes; (12 credits.) Marketing Communications, Introduction to College Mathematics, Social Problems, and Lighting and Sound Production. Each class has it's ups and downs, just like any class,...” – Dylan from Smithfield, 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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