Founded in 1854, Rhode Island College (RIC) is a public, coed college located in Providence, Rhode Island. RIC students can choose from more than 90 undergraduate and 30 graduate academic programs that include a wide variety of programs in Management, Nursing, Education, Social Work, and the Performing and Fine Arts. Rhode Island College is divided into five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the School of Management, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work.
Rhode Island College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Many of the college’s individual programs have also been accredited by the following agencies: National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The college has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 edition of Best Colleges as one of the best regional universities in the north. The college offers very small class sizes; close to 40 percent of all classes have 20 or fewer students. Honors classes have fewer than 13 students. The college’s student-to-full time faculty ratio is 16:1. Eighty-five percent of the faculty members at this school hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their discipline.
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Students who wish to apply to Rhode Island College, must first complete an online or print application form and a 250-word personal statement. There is a nonrefundable application fee. Each applicant must also submit an official SAT or ACT score report, an Admissions Card, an official high school transcript and any AP or college credit transcripts (where applicable). Certain programs also have additional requirements. The deadline for fall admission is usually in March, but students who wish to be considered for scholarships are advised to submit their applications by December. Prospective students should contact the school for specific dates.
Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.
The college also offers the Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP), which allows Rhode Island high school graduates with potential but do not meet the college’s criteria for regular admission the opportunity to acquire the skills that they need. Once those students successfully complete the PEP program, they are allowed to enroll at the college as freshmen.
The majority of the students at Rhode Island College receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. In a single year, more than 70 percent of students who applied for financial aid were awarded need-based financial assistance. The average need-based financial aid package is $8,837. Forms of aid that are available for students at Rhode Island College include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a limited number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The priority deadline date for completing the FAFSA application is in March. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.
Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year.
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Rhode Island College has a very diverse student body, with a gender distribution of approximately 33 percent male students. A significant number of the college’s students live on campus in one of the college’s residence halls. There is housing for male and female students, and designated housing for first year students, who receive their room assignments sometime in July. The college offers traditional and suite-style residences. Room assignments are made based on a first come first served basis, but housing is guaranteed for first year students who submit their housing applications and deposits by the deadline listed on the Residential Life & Housing website. All students who live on campus must have a meal plan.
There are plenty of academic and social support services to help students make the transition to college. There are also numerous diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. The college also sponsors a number of special events throughout the year.
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Known as the Anchormen and Anchorwomen, Rhode Island College’s athletic teams proudly wear the school’s colors of burgundy, gold, and white. The college’s intercollegiate athletic teams participate in the Little East Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and compete at the NCAA Division III level. The wrestling team participates in the New England Wrestling Association, while the gymnastics team is a member of the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, outdoor track, indoor track, and wrestling. Women’s sports include softball, basketball, lacrosse, gymnastics, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, outdoor track, and indoor track.
Students can also choose to participate in one of the college’s intramural athletic programs, which include fun sports such as flag football and dodgeball.
- Robert Gonzalvez, the first Hispanic judge in the history of Rhode Island
- Viola Davis, Tony Award winning and Academy Award nominated actress
- James Langevin, Congressman from Rhode Island
- Hugh Leonard, Irish playwright, screenwriter, and columnist
- Ron McLarty, television actor and novelist
- Annie Smith Peck, pioneering female educator and mountaineer
- James Macomber, novelist
- Sharon Ellen Burtman, 1995 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion
- Peter Boyer, popular American orchestral composer and Grammy Award nominee
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