Rhode Island College

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School Overview

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.

Rhode Island College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(401) 456-8000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:https://www.commonapp.org
Address:600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:8,446
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):43%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:8,214 (97% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$8,206
Out-of-state Tuition:$19,867
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:86%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$6,763

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Rhode Island College Programs

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences111
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services151
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields11
English Language and Literature/Letters23
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics41
Health Professions and Related Programs1136
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Mathematics and Statistics11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences3
Public Administration and Social Service Professions131
Social Sciences6
Visual and Performing Arts72
Grand total1387461

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Rhode Island College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Rhode Island College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid93686%
Grant or scholarship aid70064%$6,763
Student loan aid73367%$6,133

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid4,35759%$5,548
Federal student loans4,27257%$6,188

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Rhode Island College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Rhode Island College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants5,1481,7243,424
Percent admitted100%69%78%
Percent admitted who enrolled23%20%24%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Rhode Island College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment8,446
Undergraduate enrollment7,398
Graduate enrollment1,048

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Rhode Island College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels

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