Best colleges in Providence

Fun-Sized, Big Opportunity

It's the size of the fight in the dog

In the small charming state of Rhode Island resides one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the nation. Self-described as having "something for everyone," Providence is big-city fun in a compact package. This capital city is filled to the brim with 6 colleges and universities, New England history, and a rich arts scene. Known as the Creative Capital, plenty of fun resides within its modest borders.

When you have time to set aside the books, be sure to attend a WaterFire event-an artistic experience featuring sculptural bonfires along the 3 rivers of downtown Providence. While waiting for the beautiful sunsets, take in a historical tour of Providence, featuring plenty of historical accounts and tastings at local restaurants. Full course loads and full bellies are the perfect student combination. and just think, these are just a few of the great experiences waiting for you in Providence, Rhode Island.

*Wikipedia, "Colleges and Universities in Providence", "Providence Rhode Island" *www.providenceri.com

Best Four Year Universities in Providence

Brown University
Providence, RI
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Brown University is a private Ivy League institution that was founded in 1764 in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of about 9,000 students, all of whom attend classes on a campus that covers over 140 acres. Brown is on a trimester academic calendar and ranks among one of the most expensive schools in the country, though many students secure financial aid. 

Brown has a rich academic history and operates the longest-serving Ivy engineering program. The school is known for its unique curriculum which eliminated the need for core class requirements and traditional grading systems, allowing students to choose their own path to graduation without the need for general education classes. 

Brown is not the only school in Providence with the neighboring Rhode Island School of Design just west of the campus. Students at Brown enjoy the option to register for classes at RISD and vice-versa, allowing them to take up to four classes at the other school. Along with its strong writing and international affairs programs, the school also hosts the Joukowsky Institute for Archeology and the Ancient World, which provides classes in Egyptology, Mesopotamia, and Assyriology. Notable alumni include media and buffalo magnate Ted Turner, actor John Krasinski, and politician Andrew Yang.

Rhode Island School of Design offers 33 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 693 students graduated with students earning 480 Bachelor's degrees, and 213 Master's degrees.

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Providence College
Providence, RI

Providence College offers 110 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,332 students graduated with students earning 975 Bachelor's degrees, 215 Master's degrees, 140 Certificates, and 2 Associate's degrees.

Wheaton College
Norton, MA

Wheaton College offers 52 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 309 students graduated with students earning 309 Bachelor's degrees.

Stonehill College
Easton, MA

Stonehill College offers 50 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 603 students graduated with students earning 603 Bachelor's degrees.

Bryant University
Smithfield, RI

Bryant University offers 45 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,036 students graduated with students earning 876 Bachelor's degrees, 152 Master's degrees, and 8 Certificates.

Salve Regina University offers 97 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 845 students graduated with students earning 474 Bachelor's degrees, 245 Master's degrees, 112 Certificates, and 14 Doctoral degrees.

University of Rhode Island offers 193 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 4,156 students graduated with students earning 3,203 Bachelor's degrees, 595 Master's degrees, 253 Doctoral degrees, and 105 Certificates.

Roger Williams University offers 129 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,144 students graduated with students earning 926 Bachelor's degrees, 144 Master's degrees, 59 Associate's degrees, and 15 Certificates.

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth offers 172 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 1,999 students graduated with students earning 1,430 Bachelor's degrees, 397 Master's degrees, 89 Certificates, and 83 Doctoral degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Providence

Community College of Rhode Island offers 104 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 2,211 students graduated with students earning 1,988 Associate's degrees, and 223 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Providence

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Brown University Logo Brown University Providence, RI
5/5
11 : 1 10,333
Rhode Island School of Design Logo Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
5/5
13 : 1 2,501
Providence College Logo Providence College Providence, RI
5/5
15 : 1 4,618
IYRS School of Technology & Trades Logo IYRS School of Technology & Trades Newport, RI     66
Wheaton College Logo Wheaton College Norton, MA
5/5
13 : 1 1,774
Stonehill College Logo Stonehill College Easton, MA
5/5
14 : 1 2,500
Bryant University Logo Bryant University Smithfield, RI
5/5
21 : 1 3,640
Salve Regina University Logo Salve Regina University Newport, RI
5/5
23 : 1 2,771
University of Rhode Island Logo University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
3/5
23 : 1 17,465
Roger Williams University Logo Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
5/5
23 : 1 4,838
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Logo University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
3/5
21 : 1 8,154
Rhode Island College Logo Rhode Island College Providence, RI
3/5
23 : 1 7,523
Johnson & Wales University-Providence Logo Johnson & Wales University-Providence Providence, RI
5/5
24 : 1 6,695
New England Institute of Technology Logo New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
5/5
21 : 1 2,516
MotoRing Technical Training Institute Logo MotoRing Technical Training Institute East Providence, RI     73
Diman Regional Technical Institute Logo Diman Regional Technical Institute Fall River, MA     66
Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford Logo Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford New Bedford, MA     11
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Cranston Logo Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Cranston Cranston, RI     128
Paul Mitchell the School-Rhode Island Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Rhode Island Cranston, RI     178
New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Rhode Island Logo New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Rhode Island Pawtucket, RI     478