Rhode Island College in Providence

Providence, RI

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Rhode Island College offers 414-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 65%. The most popular test is SAT - 89% of students submitted it in comparison to 6% of students who submitted ACT. 31.2% are women, and 68.8% are men. Rhode Island College is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Rhode Island College is 9509$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $11002 and $20336 per year. 43% of full-time Rhode Island College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $39,100, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Rhode Island College is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Rhode Island College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$6,164
$30,001 - $48,000$7,012
$48,001 - $75,000$10,086
$75,001 - $110,000$14,216

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5914

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


4613 of Rhode Island College undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 61 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Rhode Island College number 9 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Rhode Island.

Students at Rhode Island College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Rhode Island College.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Rhode Island College graduation rate is below the national average.

43% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Rhode Island College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Rhode Island College acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 66%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 1% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $0 - $10k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 72%, so Rhode Island College acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 7%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Rhode Island College full-time retention rate is 76% and part-time retention rate is 36%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Rhode Island College students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1200 - 1530

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 400 - 520
Math: 400 - 510
Writing: 400 - 500

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Rhode Island College students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
16 - 21

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 14 - 22
Math: 16 - 22
Writing: 6 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Rhode Island College is 14:1, that means that for every 14 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Rhode Island College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Rhode Island College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Rhode Island.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Rhode Island College

The campus located by 600 Mount Pleasant Ave address in Providence, Rhode Island.


Rhode Island College in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Rhode Island College with 0.13% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Rhode Island College are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Rhode Island College offers 414 programs in total: 252 are for Bachelor's degree, 135 - for Master's degree, 15 - for Post-master's certificate, 6 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 3 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 3 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

This is one of the highest number of programs in comparison with other 24 universities in Rhode Island state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree and Post-master's certificate programs offered. Rhode Island College is one of the few institutions in Rhode Island that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Rhode Island state average data to help you compare.


Rhode Island College provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 6467 students with 193997 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 704 with 16899 credit hours.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Rhode Island College

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

It's a nice college, but do your research before you sign up for the professor! It's only my second semester and I had to change this review. Some things have changed, classes are getting better but it was mostly because I looked up the professors on that 'ratemyprofessor' website. Not all of them are bad people. There's a lot of DR. Prefixes in their name but I have yet to see the quality of work. Overall it's not too bad if like I said, you research the professor before you take the class.

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Overall Rating:

If cost were not a consideration, I can't see why anyone would go to RIC. RIC has gotten into the business of exploiting working/lower middle class "first generation" students, luring them with claims of you're-getting-an-Ivy-league-education-here-for-bottom-dollar. Many other reviewers here are students who over-idealize RIC because they don't know it any other way.As a four-year college, RIC consistently ranks at the BOTTOM of college rankings (not just US News, but Forbes and Wall Street Journal, too). And just look at the graduation rate of 51%. Everyone knows that students trying to put their way through school with two jobs often drop out, but is that the only factor? I doubt it. Look at the average RIC graduate's salary, it's less than $40,000 ten years after graduation! That’s the lowest of all four-year colleges in R.I. Indeed, you get what you pay for at RIC! Never mind this excuse, "our graduates take lower paid jobs as nurses, teachers, and social workers." Other schools, like Salve and URI, have grads entering those fields and their avg. salaries aren't so pitiful!Other than nursing (which does pay well these days), accounting, finance, social work, and the arts majors, most of the other 90 programs are a joke. Why? Sure, there are lazy pothead students, like everywhere else. Other students struggle academically, coming from low performing high schools. But the real problem is the faculty (I mean the tenured ones). Many faculty put little effort into teaching and being accessible to students. Instead, they claim they're too busy with their "research," as if they're "experts" working at a major public research institution (like UConn, Rutgers, or Michigan), where they'd rely on teaching assistants to help teach the class. What kind of research do they do? I really don't know, as you don't usually pick up The New York Times or The Atlantic and read: "according to a Rhode Island College study..." Many of these faculty are pompous, deadwood, liberal elites who use their taxpayer-funded ivory tower as a job for life as they thumb their noses at students. I graduated from RIC 15 years ago, though I took some courses there since and kept tabs on the place. So I'm comfortable saying: math, philosophy, and English depts. were especially bad. Most programs in communications are awful. Political science is very mixed, psychology seemed OK. But what about majoring in education, the biggest deal RIC has going? It got some awful ratings last year when the R.I. Dept. of Ed. did its review. A few School of Ed grad programs lost accreditation and undergrad ones were put on probation.Of course, after many years of bordering on dilapidated, I’m sure the campus is looking better every day, the question is: how it’s ever going to be paid for (the bond issue was only for Gaige, Craig Lee, and Fogarty’s nursing lab). Enrollment and donations were down by the time Carrioulo got the boot 2 years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t have much confidence in Sanchez, as all he seems to care about is the politically correct diversity agenda (when RIC doesn't exactly have a diversity problem with so many urban students attending). Regardless of their background, most students should just save their time (as it almost always takes well over 4 years to graduate from RIC) and money. The best alternatives (if you want an actual job after college) are the 2 year career and technical programs at CCRI or NE Tech. Or, just go to URI, which has a much better reputation (and still has in-state discounts).

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Overall Rating:

Beautiful campus and good facilities in this institution.

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Overall Rating:

Great price, beautiful campus, and every professor I had was great, expert in their field, and concerned that I got a quality education - especially in film studies, but in all other classes as well. The atmosphere in some study spaces is a little too casual, but if you grew up with a cellphone in your hand, it shouldn't bother you... and you can always study at home. People say parking is tough, and that's partly true, but you can always take the bus. Use the office hours! If you spend your time in the James P. Adams Cellphone Cafe yukking it up with your friends about the latest exploits of Justin Bieber, then of course the classes are tough. Go see your professors. Ask questions. Raise your hand. Hiding in the back of the room and then talking smack about the serious students gets you nowhere.

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Overall Rating:

I have heard about it from my grandma and I am thinking it should be a good place!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +4014568000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: ric.edu

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