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101 Main St
Pawtucket, RI 02860
p. 401-272-8400
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Sawyer School

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Some students are interested in a college where they are able to try a number of different fields, figuring out which courses are interesting and which seem like they are meant for someone else. But others don’t have that much time to put towards the educational experience, or rather, they might know that they are interested in what will help them out in the workforce. For those students who are interested in learning that can immediately translate to a job in the real world, Sawyer School is an excellent choice.

While other programs of study offer the chance to earn a certificate or a degree in a couple of different areas, Sawyer is different because it narrows the field. Every single student attending Sawyer to earn a certificate is earning that certificate in medical administration or a related field. By narrowing the focus of classes, Sawyer is able to provide specialized and hands-on learning that will have every single student more qualified for the job at hand by the end of the program or course of study. With a focus on contemporary developments in technology and other steps forward in the industry, students will have the knowledge and the skills that they need to get themselves in the driver’s seat and get their careers off the ground immediately.

Located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Sawyer School is right in the heart of a major suburban part of Rhode Island, where businesses are always in need of more workers. Due to its location, the school is easily accessed from a number of roads and highways, meaning that commuting from the surrounding area is not a difficult prospect at all. For those who are not interested in the medical administration programs, Sawyer does also offer the opportunity for one to earn a GED on-campus, which is another rather popular educational program for those who are in need of the accolades necessary to jump right into the workforce and excel.


Students interested in signing up for the career programs at Sawyer should provide their high school diploma or GED along with a completed application at least a semester before they intend on beginning classes. Additional placement is not required at this time, so students do not need to have copies of their standardized tests, as the ACT and SAT are not the most important element in admission or acceptance. If students enrolling have any questions regarding the application, they are recommended to get in touch with someone working in the office of admissions, who can answer any potential questions.

Financial Aid

College can definitely get to be quite an investment, and financial aid is often an essential part of the process. For those students who need a bit of assistance taking care of their expenses while attending Sawyer School, financial aid is available. Students should first and foremost fill out the FAFSA form the minute they know they are interested in attending the college, because this can save some serious processing time and give ample opportunity to get things corrected long before classes start. If filling out the FAFSA form is getting to be a bit overwhelming, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from one of the numerous well-informed counselors working in either the admissions office or better yet, the office of financial aid. Students attending Sawyer School often will find community-based scholarships that are both need and merit-related, and those can often help offset the cost of an education without requiring taking on a second or third job.

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Most students attending the Sawyer School are interested in one thing: the career fast-track. This means that they are attending classes while also working on things like maintaining currently-existing jobs and often taking care of families, too. Because students at Sawyer School are trying to get their degrees completed as quickly as possible, life on campus is not like at a four-year college where you would live on-campus. While the campus itself allows for socializing and studying can be done at the school’s facilities, for the most part, Sawyer is a commuter school where people head off to pursue their extracurricular interests elsewhere, and focus their time on campus towards earning a degree as quickly as possible. Most of the students on campus are under 30, and with less than 1000 people attending classes at any given moment, it means that attention from faculty is high.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Because the focus of attending Sawyer School is earning a degree and not as much socializing, there are not many opportunities to take part in official school clubs or events, including athletics. However, in Pawtucket there are numerous chances to play pick-up basketball and other sports, and often times there are community athletic groups devoted to everything from baseball in community-oriented leagues to going skiing or hiking out of the city on the weekends. Ask around on campus, and you’ll likely find a great option for getting more active while attending classes at Sawyer.

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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 N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 140 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 34 0.05
Robbery 100 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 741 1.04
Larceny 1,302 1.83
Vehicle theft 268 0.38

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Pawtucket, RI 02860
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population46,381 (46,381 urban / N/A rural)
Households19,023 (2.41 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,104
Families11,307 (3.13 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityNot currently participating in Title IV, has an OPE ID number
Highest offeringAt least 1, but less than 2 academic yrs
Calendar SystemContinuous
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

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Most Popular Programs

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2013-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 26
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits N/A

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