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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.

Profile of Rhode Island College

The main campus of Rhode Island College is in Providence, RI (a medium-sized city). The school is a public school. Rhode Island College offers degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school offers more choices of majors than most colleges its size. Rhode Island College students most commonly major in a field related to drama and performing arts, education and teaching, and therapy and Counselling.

Rhode Island College Selectivity

The school does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 430 to 540. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 430 or more.


The school offers tenure to reward and retain some professors.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Rhode Island College had 9, 042 enrolled students.

Student Life

Meal plans are available. Student athletes at Rhode Island College belong to the Little East Conference for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Building on its historic roots in teacher education and its current status as the largest preparer of educators in the State, Rhode Island College aspires to be broadly recognized for the excellence of its academic, public service, and cultural programs. Widely known for its curricula in education, fine and performing arts, nursing, and social work, the College is equally committed to offering a broad array of undergraduate arts and sciences and professional majors. The College is dedicated to ensuring that each student experience academic life in a caring community where education is informed by serious inquiry, civic engagement, and open discourse; and, its faculty continually strive to fulfill the promise of the liberal arts education: an open and inquiring mind. As the State's single comprehensive institution of higher education, the College fulfills Rhode Island's promise of affordable access to superior higher education for traditional and non-traditional students alike because, to foster the growth and development of each individual enriches everyone. The College further fulfills its responsibility through the public service, continuing education offerings, and cultural opportunities it provides for the citizens of Rhode Island. "

Rhode Island College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching469special ed, elementary school teaching, educational administration, health teaching, reading teaching, English teaching, physical education teaching, special education, . . .
Therapy and Counselling201psychology, Counselling psychology, psychology courses, school psychology, educational psychology
Liberal Arts173English, history, liberal arts and sciences, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, Spanish language, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine139registered nursing
Business and Management131business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing, non-profit management, labor relations
Media91communication studies
Family and Social Work78social work, public administration
Security and Law Enforcement42criminal justice and safety
Fine Arts35fine arts, art history and criticism
Science30biology, chemistry, physics
Drama and Performing Arts28drama, dance
Photography and Commercial Art17film studies, multimedia
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science
Music9music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy8philosophy
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech, radiation therapist, mental health services tech
Engineering Technician0industrial tech

Contact: Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College

600 Mount Pleasant Ave

Providence, RI 02908

General Phone: (401) 456-8000


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