Best Colleges in Rhode Island

Don’t judge a book by its cover or a dog by its size. Rhode Island may be small, but it certainly is diverse. The Ocean State is home to 13 different higher learning institutions, including 1 Ivy League school and many tech institutes. Colleges here are heavy on research and science, but students can also major in culinary arts, information technology, and a whole array of liberal arts programs. Of the top 10 highest paid occupations in Rhode Island, 8 of them fall into the Healthcare industry. So, degrees in nursing, medicine, and dental will have limitless opportunities after graduation. Those who stick around town after graduation go on to work at popular companies like CVS Health & Pharmacy, Hanna Instruments, and Hasbro.*

When you’re not busy broadening your horizons here in New England, spend your down time visiting with oyster farmers, taking in a local art gallery, or pedaling through a 100-mile network of bike trails and nature paths. For those who prefer a little more excitement in their evenings, head over to the Malted Barley in Westerly for a taste of their famous pretzels and three dozen different tap beers.* Take part in a Rhode Island food fight, or visit Simon’s 667 for live music. However you choose to enjoy Rhode Island by day or night, you are sure to enjoy this beautiful coastal state that will quickly become “home.”

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *Wikipedia, “List of Colleges and Universities in Rhode Island”, “Companies based in Rhode Island” *www.rimonthly.com/Rhode-Island-Monthly *www.providencenightout.com

Best Four Year Universities in Rhode Island

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Brown University
Providence, RI
Based on 12 Reviews
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
Based on 48 Reviews
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI
Providence College
Providence, RI
Based on 16 Reviews
Bryant University
Smithfield, RI
Based on 16 Reviews
Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Providence, RI
Based on 8 Reviews
Salve Regina University
Newport, RI
Roger Williams University
Bristol, RI
Based on 16 Reviews
New England Institute of Technology
East Greenwich, RI
Johnson & Wales University-Online
Providence, RI

Best Community Colleges in Rhode Island

  • Associate's
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  • Less than 2 years (below associate)
  • At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • Four or more years
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Community College of Rhode Island
Warwick, RI