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Rhode Island College

  • Providence, RI
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 67%33%
    student ratio
  • 7,505
    total students
  • $6,530 | $17,228
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 15
    fall application deadline
  • 71%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 460
    sat math
  • 470
    sat reading
  • 468
    sat writing
  • 19
    act composite

Overview

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College, a comprehensive public college, was the first public institution of higher learning established in the state of Rhode Island. It provides quality education that is affordable and in tune with the needs of a diverse population of 9,000 students.

Through 5 schools, Rhode Island College offers 90 majors and programs that include experiential learning via internships, practica, research, and study abroad. The college maintains a welcoming and inclusive campus that fosters respect for diversity and promotes academic excellence informed by civic engagement, co-curricula activity, and cultural inquiry.

The General Education Program

The General Education program includes foundational courses as well as upper-division courses that allow undergrads to strengthen development in their majors and engage in multidisciplinary study. Its curriculum includes 3 core and 7 distribution courses, including a second language and writing requirement.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The faculty of the arts and sciences consists of a community of scholars that cultivate students' intellectual growth and ability to succeed in the complex global environment. It has Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in several fields including biology, film studies, music, psychology, and radiologic technology.

The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development offers programs that prepare students for educator and counseling positions in schools and social service agencies in the state of Rhode Island.

It has undergraduate programs in art education, health education, music education, and physical education. Undergraduate programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary, special, and technology education are also available.

The School of Management

The School of Management offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business degree program that includes a strong business core, specialization through 7 majors, and application of theory. It offers majors and minors in accounting, computer information systems, economics, finance, health care administration, management, and marketing.

The school also provides an outstanding internship program that allows students to gain professional experience at leading companies, such as Fidelity Investments and the New England Patriots.

The School of Nursing

The School of Nursing at Rhode College provides the largest baccalaureate nursing program in the state. It has 3 undergraduate programs: "Basic Baccalaureate," "Basic Baccalaureate for Second Degree Candidates," and "R.N. to B.S.N."

Students graduate ready to deliver quality, equitable health care to diverse populations. They consistently score above state and national averages on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

The School of Social Work

The School of Social Work trains students to alleviate injustice; create social policies and engage in research that enhances quality of life; and develop accessible, accountable, and responsible human service programs.

The school offers a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree program and certificate programs in case management and adoption and foster care practice.

College Honors Program at Rhode Island College

The College Honors program is designed for ambitious students with exceptional academic records. The program consists of 3 components: "General Education Honors," "Junior Year Honors Colloquium and Seminar," and "Departmental Honors."

It also provides many benefits including individualized study, special general education classes, unique social activities, specialized housing, and merit-based scholarships.

Study Abroad

The study abroad program at Rhode Island College challenges students to grow academically, personally, and professionally. Students gain new perspectives, explore career paths, further study in their majors, strengthen their interpersonal and leadership skills, and enhance their career prospects. They can study abroad for a year, summer, or semester or during the short January term.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research at Rhode Island College (RIC) allows students to engage in cutting-edge research that strengthens their academic and career qualifications. Thus, they graduate well-prepared to achieve success in a highly competitive job market and gain acceptance into top graduate programs.

Financial Aid at Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College provides state grants and federal grants, loans, and work study opportunities. It also offers merit-based and need-based grants as well as merit-based scholarships like the Presidential Scholarships, 4-year scholarships for incoming freshmen. In addition, the college's Metropolitan Tuition Policy provides tuition discounts for permanent residents of certain areas in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Student Life at RIC

RIC maintains a caring community that promotes students' well-being and provides learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom.

Resources include the Career Development Center, Counseling Center, and Interfaith Center as well as health services, a fitness center, and on campus housing. Leadership development programs and community service opportunities are also available.

In addition, students can enjoy intramural and varsity sports; a wide-array of student groups; fine and performing arts; and a variety of student activities, events, and trips.

The First Step to Career Achievement

RIC students graduate with the skills, experience, and confidence to build outstanding careers in the business, non-profit, and government sectors.

They follow in the footsteps of notable alumni like Channavy Chhay (2001), executive director of the Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians in Providence, Rhode Island. The organization provides vital assistance to 1,250 youths, families, and seniors per year.

Mike Montecalvo (1984), anchor at WPRI-12 and FOX Providence, is another RIC success story. He has received more than 45 community service and Associated Press awards.

An Enriching Location

Rhode Island College is situated in Providence, Rhode Island, in the northeastern region of the United States. Its location in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood provides a suburban setting with access to a metropolitan area.

Providence, the state's capital, offers many amenities including numerous eateries and shopping venues and an assortment of arts and cultural options.

The city also provides a variety of high-quality internship and clinical education opportunities.


Location & Contact

Rhode Island College

600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908-1991
USA

John McLaughlin

Director of Admissions

Phone: 401-456-8234
Fax: 401-456-8817
Email: admissions@ric.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Multiple Levels)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Technology/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Technical Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Portuguese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Youth Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dental Hygiene
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Respiratory Therapy Technician
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radiologic Technology/Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Community Health Services Counseling
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

71% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,690
    • Accepted3,363
    • Acceptance Rate71%
    • Enrolled7,505
    • Female Applicants3,029
    • Females Accepted2,315
    • Female Acceptance Rate76%
    • Male Applicants1,661
    • Males Accepted1,048
    • Male Acceptance Rate63%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      one letter from guidance counselor
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen March 15th --
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 470 420 520
    • SAT Math 460 400 510
    • SAT Writing 468 420 520
    • ACT Composite 19 17 21
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$6,530
    • Out-of-state tuition *$17,228
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,072.00
    • Room and board *$9,811.00
    • Room only *$5,581.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students7,505
    • Male Student Percentage33%
    • Female Student Percentage67%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino12.29%
    • Black or African American7.45%
    • White or Caucasian63.69%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.33%
    • Asian2.49%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.07%
    • Two or more races2.09%
    • Unknown11.49%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.11% representing 0 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students14.7% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 16%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations student government, newspaper (The Anchor), campus radio station (WXIN), Programming Board, Resident Student Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Gymnastics No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Gymnastics No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty767
    • Full-time Percentage43%
    • Part-time Percentage57%
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 6,533 students to 458 faculty


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