Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College, or RIC, is a coeducational, state-supported college, located in Providence, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1854. RIC is the oldest of the three public institutions of higher education that operate under the sponsorship of the Board of Governors for Higher Education. The main campus of the college covers 180 acres.

RIC offers more than 90 undergraduate and over 30 graduate programs, through the following academic divisions:

  • The Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
  • The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
  • The School of Management
  • The School of Nursing
  • The School of Social Work

RIC has more than 15 varsity sports team which are nicknamed the Anchormen. Some of the notable alumni of the college are James Langevin, 2nd District Congressman from Rhode Island; Ron McLarty, a popular television actor and novelist, and Viola Davis, an African American actress.

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Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Ave
Providence , RI 02908
General Phone: (401) 456-8000

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Rhode Island College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching454education, multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed administration, elementary/middle school admin, secondary school administration, special ed, education of emotionally disturbed, ...
Therapy and Counseling201psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, psychology courses
Business and Management190business management, non-profit management, accounting, finance, labor relations, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts182Latin American studies, African-American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine129registered nursing
Family and Social Work91public administration, social work, social work courses
Media72communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement50criminal justice and safety
Fine Arts48fine arts, art history and criticism
Science31biology, chemistry, physics
Drama and Performing Arts29dance, drama
Photography and Commercial Art20film studies, multimedia
Music14music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering7computer and info science
Medical Support and Technology3radiation therapist, clinical lab tech, mental health services tech
Engineering Technician0industrial tech

Number of programs and degrees for Rhode Island College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,24670
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship71
Master's degree24943
Post-master's certificate247
Postbaccalaureate certificate101
Award of less than 1 academic year32

Rhode Island College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Rhode Island College had a total enrollment of 9,042 students (7,066 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 30%
Women 70%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 72%
Black 5%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 22%
20-21 22%
22-24 20%
25-29 13%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

Rhode Island82%
New York1%
New Jersey1%
New Hampshire1%

Rhode Island College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 56 %

Rhode Island College Room and Board (2007)

Rhode Island College offers campus housing for 1,196 of its 7,066 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Providence, Rhode Island for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Rhode Island Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Rhode Island College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430530
SAT Math420530
SAT Writing430530
ACT Verbal1620
ACT Math1621
ACT Composite1822

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT4%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Rhode Island College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,771
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,482
Room and board $ 8,250
Room charge $ 4,600
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,650
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,440

Financial Aid:
Rhode Island College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 340700)

Rhode Island College Faculty

Rhode Island College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2661
Non-tenured and not on tenure track724

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year60$74,95548$71,590
Associate professoracademic year48$65,28645$62,542
Assistant professoracademic year33$55,18880$53,886
Instructoracademic year1*10$41,735
All faculty totalacademic year142$66,860183$59,994

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Rhode Island College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Little East Conference
Baseball Little East Conference
Track Little East Conference

Rhode Island College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Labor and Industrial Relations
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Administration of Special Education
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technical Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work
Social Work, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other
School Psychology

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What Sets Rhode Island College Apart:

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% of degrees in education and teaching
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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Top 16%Rhode Island College % of degrees in drama and performing arts
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 17%Rhode Island College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Female % of student body
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Top 19%Rhode Island College Female % of student body
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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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