Rhode Island College

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Rhode Island College (RIC) is a coeducational, state-supported college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1854, RIC is the oldest of three public institutes of higher education which operate under the guidance of the Board of Governors for Higher Education.

RIC was ranked by Forbes Magazine in 2011as the 571st best college out of more than 3,000 schools in the US. The academic programs at RIC come from five colleges: the School of Social Work, the School of Nursing, the School of Management, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Through these colleges RIC offers over 90 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs.

RIC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. However, within the five colleges individual departments have received additional accreditations from: the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, the National Association of Schools of music, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Council on Social Work Education.

General Information

Admission Office

600 Mount Pleasant Avenue

Forman Center

Providence, RI 02908

(401) 456-8234

(800) 669-5760

Fax: (401) 456-8817

Contact: Holly Shadoian

Director of Admissions
Main Address

600 Mount Pleasant Avenue

Providence, RI 02908

(401) 456-8000


Total undergrads: 7,601

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,190

Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,192

Graduate enrollment: 1,484


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 71%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 77%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
International non-governmental organizations studies C
Labor Studies B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Non-profit studies C

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
Geography Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Substance Abuse Counseling B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Case management C
Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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