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Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College Rating: 4.1/5 (11 votes)

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3596th for the average student loan amount.
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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


  • “Rhode Island College.” Education. U.S. News & World Report, 2011. Web. 15 May 2011.
  • Rhode Island College. Rhode Island College. 2011. Web. 15 May 2011.
  • Snider, Mark. How to Get Money for College 2011: Financing Your Future Beyond Federal Aid. Lawrenceville: Peterson’s, 2010.

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Ranks 7th in Rhode Island and 889th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.03
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Providence, RI 02908
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population38,552 (38,552 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,161 (2.63 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,306
Families8,253 (3.26 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4401

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1277th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,530 $6,530 $17,228
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,072 $1,072 $1,072
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $272 $272 $670
FT Graduate Tuition $6,696 $6,696 $13,032
FT Graduate Required Fees $482 $482 $482
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $372 $372 $724
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,053 $20,053 $30,751
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,302 $23,302 $34,000
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,002 $11,002 $21,700

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,268 $7,598 $7,268 $7,598 $17,554 $18,296
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,256 $9,534
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,440(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,492 (1,584 male / 2,908 female)
Admitted 3,106 (970 male / 2,136 female)
Admission rate 69%
First-time Enrollment 1,071 (331 male / 740 female)
FT Enrollment 1,038 (319 male / 719 female)
PT Enrollment 33 (12 male / 21 female)
Total Enrollment8,700

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Little East Conference

ACT Test Admission

1194th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 7%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22

SAT Test Admission

1100th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 820 / 1040

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,174
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,581
Board Fee$4,230

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 3 92 113 28 2 1,058 170 1,482
Accounting 1 4 5 1 41 9 61
African-American/Black Studies 1 1 1 3
Anthropology 6 2 8
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 1 4
Art Teacher Education 6 7
Biology Teacher Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 2 2 15 4 26
Business Administration and Management, General 5 9 40 9 64
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 1 6 1 9
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1 2
Computer and Information Sciences, General 3 1 3 9 2 19
Counseling Psychology 1 1 42 4 48
Creative Writing 1 1 9 1 12
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5 11 1 47 6 70
Curriculum and Instruction
Dance, General 1 8 9
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 1 12 2 17
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 8 8
Economics, General 1 1 5 1 8
Education, Other 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 2 14 1 18
Educational Psychology
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 47 8 57
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 2 1 30 5 40
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 9 4 15
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 10 2 12
Finance, General 1 5 9 4 19
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 1 31 5 41
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature
Geography 2 1 3
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 1
Health Teacher Education 1 1 18 3 23
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1 2 4
History Teacher Education 1 5 1 7
History, General 24 6 32
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 1
Intermedia/Multimedia 3 3
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 2 2
Latin American Studies 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8 9
Management Information Systems, General 1 2 9 3 15
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 3 1 14 2 23
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1 1 3
Mathematics, General 1 11 2 14
Music Performance, General 1 1
Music Teacher Education 1 4 2 7
Music, General 1 1 7 1 10
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 4 4
Philosophy 2 5 1 8
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 3 4
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 1 5 16 4 26
Psychology, General 11 15 2 84 13 130
Psychology, Other 2 1 13 1 18
Public Administration 1 1
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 8 1 9
Reading Teacher Education 10 2 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 12 6 6 1 141 18 185
School Psychology 7 7
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 10 10
Social Science Teacher Education 1 2 3
Social Sciences, General
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work 8 10 79 10 108
Social Work, Other 2 5 7
Sociology 3 1 9 3 16
Spanish Language Teacher Education 2 2
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 1 1 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 56 10 70
Special Education and Teaching, Other 11 11
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 7 8 57 8 80
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 5 6
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 2 2 10 2 17
Technical Teacher Education 1 1
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 3 3
Women's Studies 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1452nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,534 ($71,376 male / $62,365 female)
Number of FT Faculty 327 (145 male / 182 female)
Number of PT Faculty 753
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $10,632,163

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