Best Colleges in Rhode Island

Small in Size, Not in Potential

Who doesn’t want to live in “The Ocean State”?

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

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Brown University Providence, RI

Brown University offers 349 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,074 students graduated with students earning 2,150 Bachelor's degrees, 585 Master's degrees, and 339 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
2 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI

Rhode Island School of Design offers 32 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 692 students graduated with students earning 511 Bachelor's degrees, and 181 Master's degrees.

3 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI

University of Rhode Island offers 246 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 4,009 students graduated with students earning 3,169 Bachelor's degrees, 523 Master's degrees, 281 Doctoral degrees, and 36 Certificates degrees.

Based on 48 Reviews
4 Rhode Island College Providence, RI

Rhode Island College offers 204 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,885 students graduated with students earning 1,543 Bachelor's degrees, 253 Master's degrees, 85 Certificates degrees, and 4 Doctoral degrees.

5 Providence College Providence, RI

Providence College offers 159 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,395 students graduated with students earning 1,038 Bachelor's degrees, 223 Master's degrees, 133 Certificates degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

Based on 16 Reviews
6 Bryant University Smithfield, RI

Bryant University offers 78 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 880 students graduated with students earning 785 Bachelor's degrees, 94 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 16 Reviews
7 Johnson & Wales University-Providence Providence, RI

Johnson & Wales University-Providence offers 81 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,615 students graduated with students earning 2,039 Bachelor's degrees, 1,066 Associate's degrees, 470 Master's degrees, 20 Certificates degrees, and 20 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
8 Salve Regina University Newport, RI

Salve Regina University offers 103 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 841 students graduated with students earning 540 Bachelor's degrees, 241 Master's degrees, 50 Certificates degrees, and 10 Doctoral degrees.

9 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI

Roger Williams University offers 123 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,296 students graduated with students earning 1,129 Bachelor's degrees, 137 Master's degrees, 30 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
10 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI

New England Institute of Technology offers 53 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,274 students graduated with students earning 1,030 Associate's degrees, 214 Bachelor's degrees, and 30 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Rhode Island

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI

Community College of Rhode Island offers 99 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,227 students graduated with students earning 1,741 Associate's degrees, and 486 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Brown University Brown University Providence, RI
5/5
12 : 1 9,458
Rhode Island School of Design Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
5/5
10 : 1 2,481
University of Rhode Island University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
3/5
20 : 1 16,613
Rhode Island College Rhode Island College Providence, RI
3/5
18 : 1 8,512
Providence College Providence College Providence, RI
5/5
13 : 1 4,562
Bryant University Bryant University Smithfield, RI
5/5
18 : 1 3,670
Johnson & Wales University-Providence Johnson & Wales University-Providence Providence, RI
5/5
26 : 1 9,454
Salve Regina University Salve Regina University Newport, RI
5/5
15 : 1 2,757
Roger Williams University Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
5/5
16 : 1 4,801
New England Institute of Technology New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
4/5
15 : 1 2,919
Community College of Rhode Island Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
2/5
34 : 1 16,195
St Joseph School of Nursing St Joseph School of Nursing North Providence, RI
4/5
9 : 1 115
University Logo Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Cranston Cranston, RI 18 : 1 142
International Yacht Restoration School International Yacht Restoration School Newport, RI 11 : 1 95
MotoRing Technical Training Institute MotoRing Technical Training Institute East Providence, RI 8 : 1 8
University Logo Empire Beauty School-Warwick Warwick, RI 15 : 1 141
University Logo MKG Beauty & Business Cranston, RI 7 : 1 87
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Rhode Island Cranston, RI 17 : 1 168
Roger Williams University School of Law Roger Williams University School of Law Bristol, RI 12 : 1 370
Johnson & Wales University-Online Johnson & Wales University-Online Providence, RI 18 : 1 500
University Logo Newport School of Hairdressing-Main Campus Pawtucket, RI 13 : 1 25
University Logo Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute West Warwick, RI 14 : 1 105

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