Rhode Island (RI): Colleges, Trade Schools, and Universities Overview

There are 26 colleges, trade schools and universities within Rhode Island. Find out what schools may meet your criteria for consideration from proximity to large cities to having high graduation rates.

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Despite being the smallest state in the country, Rhode Island has a wide array of colleges, universities, and trade schools to consider for post-secondary education. Using statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) you will be able to discern what Rhode Island has to offer based on various criteria.

Rhode Island Schools Near Large Cities

Attending a school in or near a large metropolitan area can be beneficial to those who would prefer using public transportation to and from school, or to have off campus housing options. The largest cities in Rhode Island, based on population size, are Providence, Warwick, and Cranston.

  • Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
  • Providence College (Providence)
  • Brown University (Providence)
  • Community College of Rhode Island (Warwick)
  • MKG Beauty & Business (Cranston)

Largest Schools in Rhode Island

The size of a school's population is an important factor to keep in consideration depending on your interest in student to teacher ratios or simply feeling like you are a part of a community. In the case of Rhode Island, the vast majority of the college populations are small to medium, with only two schools surpassing the 10,000 students mark as of Fall 2014.

  • Community College of Rhode Island (17,553 students)
  • University of Rhode Island (16,571 students)
  • Johnson & Wales University (9,955 students)
  • Brown University (9,181 students)
  • Rhode Island College (8,641 students)

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

Cost can be a critical factor when students are considering which school to attend. The three Rhode Island schools below have the lowest net price of the four schools compared for this article, according to 2014-2015 data from NCES. The net price is determined by subtracting the average financial aid amount from the total cost of attendance for in-state undergraduate, full-time students.

  • Community College of Rhode Island ($6,169)
  • Rhode Island College ($8,632)
  • Empire Beauty School ($12,356)
  • International Yacht Restoration School ($13,694)
  • New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Rhode Island ($13,963)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates can point towards the quality of the education students can receive at the post-secondary level. The graduation rates are based on students who completed their degree or certificate program within 150% of the typical duration of the programs. It can be noted that in the following statistics, the schools with the highest graduation rates in Rhode Island are mostly trade schools.

  • Brown University (96%)
  • Rhode Island School of Design (89%)
  • New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Rhode Island (86%)
  • Providence College (85%)
  • International Yacht Restoration School (84%)

To conclude, Rhode Island has plenty of universities and colleges to consider, but mostly trade schools that may fit into whatever criteria you are using to decide which school is a good fit.

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