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Providence, Rhode Island (RI) Colleges and Universities

You can find 26 schools within 25 miles of Providence, Rhode Island. If you intend to study in or nearby the city, comparing statistics like net-price and graduation rate can help you in selecting the right school.

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Students in the Providence area have plenty of options when choosing a college or university, from several 4-year private colleges and universities, to public community colleges, and even an Ivy League university. To help students make the right decision, information on the schools' proximity, student population, net price, and graduation rate were gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest School to Providence, Rhode Island

All schools nearest Providence, Rhode Island, offer bachelor's degrees and graduate level programs. If you opt to study within about 8 miles from the city, the schools closest to Providence include:

  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence (within the city)
  • Providence College (0.4 miles)
  • Brown University (0.7 miles)
  • Rhode Island College (1.7 miles)
  • Bryant University (8.2 miles)

Largest School Near Providence, Rhode Island

In Fall 2014, the school with the largest student population in Providence, Rhode Island, was the University of Rhode Island. This 4-year public institution had a total of 16,613 students, 13,641 of whom were undergraduates. Other schools with large student populations located in the Providence area are public and private not-for-profit universities and college.

  • Community College of Rhode Island (16,195 students; all undergraduates)
  • Brown University (9,458 students; 6,652 undergraduates)
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence (9,454 students; 8,768 undergraduates)
  • Rhode Island College (8,512 students; 7,446 undergraduates)
  • Roger Williams University (4,801 students; 4,555 undergraduates)

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Lowest Net Price

A school's net price is calculated by subtracting the amount of grant and scholarship aid full-time undergraduate students receive from the total cost of attendance. The following 5 schools have the lowest average net prices in the Providence area among traditional institutions based on figures provided by the NCES during the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • Community College of Rhode Island ($6,169)
  • Rhode Island College ($8,632)
  • University of Rhode Island ($18,371)
  • Brown University ($22,957)
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence ($26,794)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES defines a school's overall graduation rate as the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who complete their programs within 150% of 'normal time' (for example, graduating from a 4-year bachelor's degree program within 6 years). The graduation rate of non-specialty schools in the Providence area ranged from 14% to 96%. The following institutions had the highest graduation rates in 2015.

  • Brown University (96%)
  • Providence College (85%)
  • Bryant University (80%)
  • Salve Regina University (72%)
  • Roger Williams University (64%)

The important details from the NCES provided can guide you in making a decision where to pursue your studies in Providence, Rhode Island.

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