Rhode Island Colleges and Schools

There are three public institutions of higher learning in Rhode Island. Community College of Rhode Island provides postsecondary education to nearly 18,000 students each year from four campus locations and one satellite campus. Students who earn associate degrees at Community College of Rhode Island may be able to transfer as juniors to the four-year public Rhode Island colleges under the RI Transfers initiative.

Rhode Island College in Providence, founded in 1854, was the first public institution of higher education in the state. The University of Rhode Island, meanwhile, is the state's public research university. URI has four campus locations.

In addition to Brown University, the New England Institute of Technology, and the Rhode Island School of Design, five other independent institutions are members of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island has more than a dozen technical schools that offer certificate and associate degree programs. These schools focus on a range of niches, from the International Yacht Restoration School to automotive training and hairdressing.

Online Education in Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island offers several fully online certificate and degree programs. The Community College of Rhode Island also offers online courses. While other universities in Rhode Island may offer online learning opportunities, Johnson & Wales University perhaps offer the most extensive range of online undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs. Distance learners in Rhode Island can additionally pursue degrees at colleges in other states through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

Students who want to know more about colleges in Rhode Island can check with the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner or the New England Board of Higher Education.


  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, http://aicuri.org/
  • General Information, Community College of Rhode Island, http://www.ccri.edu/about/general.html
  • RIC Facts, Rhode Island College, http://www.ric.edu/admissions/Pages/RIC-Facts.aspx
  • Welcome to Brown, Brown University, https://www.brown.edu/about

Education Institutes in Rhode Island
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Rhode Island
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Rhode Island
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Rhode IslandKingston17,777Four or more years$14,138179
Community College of Rhode IslandWarwick14,539At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,56497
Brown UniversityProvidence10,257Four or more years$55,466261
Rhode Island CollegeProvidence7,766Four or more years$8,929161
Johnson & Wales University-ProvidenceProvidence7,360Four or more years$32,44161
Roger Williams UniversityBristol4,860Four or more years$34,522102
Providence CollegeProvidence4,674Four or more years$50,528106
Bryant UniversitySmithfield3,788Four or more years$43,97343
New England Institute of TechnologyEast Greenwich2,763Four or more years$29,85655
Salve Regina UniversityNewport2,647Four or more years$40,15080
Rhode Island School of DesignProvidence2,467Four or more years$50,96036
Johnson & Wales University-OnlineProvidence1,508Four or more years$13,36514
Lincoln Technical Institute-LincolnLincoln607Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A5
New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Rhode IslandPawtucket512Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Roger Williams University School of LawBristol462Four or more yearsN/A2

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/