Meet Rhode Island College

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Rhode Island College (RIC), established in 1854 as Rhode Island's first public institution of higher education, is a regional comprehensive public college that serves approximately 5,800 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students through its five schools.

Who We Are


Rhode Island College is a welcoming, diverse, and supportive community that is known throughout the Northeast for:

  • high-quality academic programs
  • small class size
  • personalized, hands-on learning experiences
  • world class faculty
  • high value, compared to other four-year institutions

Our Academics 

Whether you're looking for an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree, continued education, professional development, or workforce training, Rhode Island College offers both traditional and non traditional paths to learning and success with:

  • 76 Undergraduate Programs
  • 46 Graduate Programs
  • A variety of Professional Studies and Continuing Education opportunities

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Our Campus and Community

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We are a metropolitan campus with a suburban feel. Rhode Island College is located on a beautiful, green 180-acres in the historic, creative capital city of Providence. Our pristine campus, located in Providence's residential Mount Pleasant neighborhood, provides students with the full college experience. Student organizations, activities, sports, and student success services make Rhode Island College a vibrant, supportive, and safe place to both learn and live.

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Our broader community, the city of Providence, allows students the freedom to explore and grow beyond our campus, providing access to unique urban amenities and experiences. We also have a satellite campus in downtown Providence, at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, and at the Rhode Island College Workforce Development Hub in Central Falls, RI.


BE BOLD. Pursue Your Passion

Rhode Island College offers convenient and affordable options to get you your degree. Apply today!

Or, learn more about Professional Studies and Continuing Education.

The RIC Advantage

At Rhode Island College, we believe that a quality education should be accessible to all and should not cost a fortune. A degree from Rhode Island College propels you forward and doesn’t hold you back. 

Rhode Island College is #1 for social mobility among public regional universities in New England, according to the 2022 U.S. News and World Reports rankings
Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges in New England (Money Magazine 2021)
Investments of over $300 million in facility and infrastructure upgrades over the past 5 years.

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Rhode Island College offers the most affordable high-quality four-year degree in the region. Get started now on your journey to success.