Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

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There's no better time than now to pursue exciting career opportunities that will put you on the path to success. Whether you're pursuing a four-year degree or seeking to elevate your career with an advanced degree, professional development, or continuing education, Rhode Island College offers convenient and affordable options to get you where you want to go.

About RIC
Rhode Island College is a regional comprehensive public college that serves more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students through five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Business, the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work. Established in 1854, we're Rhode Island’s first public institution of higher education. 

The College is located on a beautiful 180-acre suburban campus in the vibrant city of Providence, with satellite locations at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence’s Innovation District and the Rhode Island College Workforce Development Hub in Central Falls. We're known throughout the Northeast for high-quality academic programs, small class sizes, personalized learning, hands-on experiences, world-class faculty, and high value compared to other four-year institutions.

Student experience
Rhode Island College offers a rich and rigorous environment for students to engage in learning in and out of the classroom. We believe your educational experience should have many dimensions. You'll experience growth in skills and factual knowledge, in self-confidence and self-esteem, in your ability to imagine and create, and in your awareness of others in this increasingly diverse community. We hope you make a commitment to grow in each of these dimensions because we know your educational satisfaction will be directly related to such a commitment.​

Choose Rhode Island College for the highest quality education at the best value.



#96 in Regional Universities North  | U.S. News & World Report, 2024


#31 in Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report, 2024


#38 in Top Performers on Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report, 2024


Rhode Island College is located in Providence, Rhode Island, known as the "Creative Capital" of New England and one of the great college towns in the Northeast. There are five colleges located the city: RIC, Providence College, Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson & Wales University, as well as satellite campuses for the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, and the Community College of Rhode Island. With all these schools, Providence welcomes an estimated 35,000 students at the start of every school year. It has been called one of "The Most Gorgeous College Towns in America," "America's Best Food Cities," " and GQ Magazine once called it "America's Coolest City." 

Providence balances the arts, culture, food, history, and excitement of a major city with the intimate feel and manageable scale of a small college town. RIC's 180-acre campus offers a quiet, suburban oasis that's only minutes from the vibrant city center. And beyond Providence, there's plenty more to explore across the Ocean State, from the beautiful beaches of South County and the historic grandeur of Newport to the coastal charm of the East Bay and the unspoiled nature of the northern and western parts of the state. 

RIC Quick Facts

Honors program offers opportunities to craft independent projects tailored to your interests and conduct exciting research
4:1 student-faculty ratio provides a meaningful learning experience with faculty who take the time to know you
Average class sizes of 20 students means personalized learning whatever your major
Flexible programs with online, in-person, and hybrid options help achieve your goals on your own terms
More than 90 majors and concentrations in arts, science, education, business, nursing, and social work
•  70+ student clubs and organizations providing endless leadership and networking opportunities for a well-rounded cocurricular experience
1600+ opportunities for student internships, research, and study abroad
40% of undergraduate students identifying as Black, Latinx, or students of color, with more than 45% being first in their family to attend college

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I think about all the opportunities I've had while at Rhode Island College that I never would have received had I not enrolled here.”

    • Sabrina Brum
      Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Portuguese minor
  • “I had a very successful four years here. I was captain my junior and senior years. I got multiple MVP recognitions.”

    • Justin Campbell
      Bachelor of Arts in Communication, basketball captain
  • “One great thing RIC taught me is that I love school and learning! It has to do with having awesome professors and learning about a subject I really care about.”

    • Joelle Reyes
      Bachelor of Science in Community Health & Wellness
  • “I decided on RIC because it was affordable and worked with my schedule, because I couldn't give up my full-time job.”

    • John Goncalves
      Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work 
  • “I have such a great support group in this department. I knew there was going to be growth and that I would build relationships with students and professors at RIC”

    • Lauren DelBrocco
      Bachelor of Arts in Metalsmithing