Rhode Island College

2014 Quick Stats
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue

Providence, RI 02908

Phone: (401) 456-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Mar. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#126 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Rhode Island College is a public institution that was founded in 1854. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,553, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 180 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rhode Island College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 126. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,602 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,300 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Rhode Island College, the first public institution of higher education in the state, produces graduates who leave an indelible mark on Rhode Island life, its institutions and the nation.

It has been ranked one of the "Best Colleges in America" by Forbes/CCAP and is listed among "2013 Colleges of Distinction."

Rhode Island College offers a combination of exceptional instruction, internships, field training and community service. Students find personalized relationships with faculty and a welcoming campus environment. They attend classes on a 180-acre campus in the Mount Pleasant area of Providence, where class sizes average 20 students.

Most Rhode Island College undergraduates are natives of the region. Roughly 15 percent of the students live on campus, in six residence halls.

Students can choose from a variety of majors and programs within five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Management, the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work.

The college's 56,000 alumni include attorneys, CEOs, Grammy- and Oscar-nominated composers and actors, physicians, scientists and technicians who are among the leaders in their fields. The alumni also include a number of notable politicians, including U.S. Congressman James Langevin '90, Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox '85 and Cranston, R.I., Mayor Allan Fung '92.

The college also promotes the belief that involved students become involved citizens. It supports more than 70 student organizations on campus, in addition to offering a college honors program and study-abroad programs. RIC also participates in the National Student Exchange Program.

Faculty strongly encourage students to get involved in internships to gain hands-on experience in their fields. Social work students have field experiences; nursing students engage in clinical partnerships at major hospitals and health care facilities; political science majors undertake a 12-week internship in a government agency, public service organization or an organization engaged in campaigns or political advocacy.

Performing arts students can take part the Rhode Island College Dance Company, the Rhode Island College Mainstage Theatre and the Growing Stage, a student-directed performance group. There are also opportunities to participate in the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Singers, Men's and Women's Choruses, Wind Ensemble and Concert Jazz Band.

Athletics also play an important part of the campus life. Rhode Island College's athletics program is thriving, with a host of NCAA Division III championship teams in the past 10 years in nearly every sport. RIC now fields 21 varsity sports with nearly 350 athletes. Rhode Island College is known for its state-of-the-art athletic facilities, including a newly renovated Recreation Center.

Rhode Island College produces graduates who are well-educated enough to think they can change the world and are empowered enough to try.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1854
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $15,724,378


When applying to Rhode Island College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 15. The application fee at Rhode Island College is $50. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.2%
Application deadline March 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rhode Island College is 14:1, and the school has 49.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Rhode Island College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Education 15%
Health Professions and Related Programs 13%
Psychology 13%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

Rhode Island College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,553, with a gender distribution of 33.9 percent male students and 66.1 percent female students. At this school, 15.2 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 84.8 percent of students live off campus. Rhode Island College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,869
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Rhode Island College offers a number of student services including women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Rhode Island College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Rhode Island College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Rhode Island College, 64.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,394.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $7,602 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,300 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,811 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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