#2 Best Public Universities in Rhode Island

Rhode Island College

Providence, Rhode Island

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Rhode Island College overview
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Online ric.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Rhode Island College overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Rhode Island College (RIC) is a public institution located in Providence, Rhode Island, within a suburban setting that offers students both a vibrant city atmosphere and a close-knit campus experience. Established in 1854, RIC has a significant history as one of the oldest colleges in the state, offering a range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The campus showcases a blend of traditional and modern architecture with facilities designed to support an array of academic endeavors. Rhode Island College is known for its comprehensive teacher education programs, along with strong offerings in business, nursing, social work, and the arts. With a moderately selective admissions process, the college provides on-campus housing options to accommodate students seeking a residential college experience. RIC does not particularly stand out for athletics, but it competes in NCAA Division III sports under the team name Anchormen and Anchorwomen.

In the most recent statistical year 3,921 prospective students applied, and 3,432 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 674 enrolled in the school.  3,981 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,806 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $9,481 plus fees of $1,485. RIC is ranked 720 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












RIC is rated within the lower 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Rhode Island College overview
SAT 870/1110
Estimated GPA 3.08

Applications Accepted

Rhode Island College overview
Applications Due Mar 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Rhode Island Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Rhode Island College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,485
Room and Board $13,414
Budget for Other Expenses$1,490
Total One Year Cost$27,070

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Rhode Island College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,485
Room and Board $13,414
Budget for Other Expenses$1,490
Total One Year Cost$42,603

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

44% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Rhode Island College students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 21%
Business 17%
Psychology 12%
Health Professions 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217420 IPEDS survey data for Rhode Island College.

Current students may use the Rhode Island College GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.