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.