Nationally recognized academic programs and affordability make Rhode Island College the best value for a four-year college degree in the region.
Established in 1854, we are Rhode Island’s first public institution of higher education. We are located on a beautiful 180-acre suburban campus in the vibrant city of Providence, and have satellite locations at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence’s Innovation District and the Rhode Island College Workforce Development Hub in Central Falls, RI. We are known throughout the Northeast for our high-quality academic programs, small class size, personalized, hands-on learning experiences, world class faculty, and high value compared to other four-year institutions.
Our full-time and part-time faculty and professional staff are organized among five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Business, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work. These units are complemented by our School of Graduate Studies, which puts career advancement within reach for students pursing certificates of graduate study or programs at the master's and doctoral level. Building upon our commitment to community-education and workforce development, the Office of Professional Studies and Continuing Education supports students who seek to enrich their knowledge and skills through continuing education programs.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Helen Tate, Ph.D., leads the Division of Academic Affairs with the support of five academic deans and other professional staff.
Rhode Island College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Learn more about NECHE and other agencies with whom the college and certain programs are accredited.
Academic Centers and Institutes
Center for Research and Creative Activity
The Center for Research and Creative Activity (CRCA) was established to broaden participation of the Rhode Island College community in the high-impact practice of mentored research and creative activity. The mission of CRCA is to increase student engagement toward greater retention, persistence, and degree completion, by advancing in our goals to 1) increase visibility and access to existing opportunities, 2) provide resources and support through programming and partnerships on- and off-campus, and 3) adapt and develop best practices for supporting a diverse and inclusive campus culture.
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is by faculty, for faculty. The FCTL is devoted to the professional and personal growth of faculty and strives to foster a dynamic and committed campus community from across distances and disciplines while also supporting the college's strategic plan.
Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies
The Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies is dedicated to the promotion and support of Portuguese studies at the college, fostering connections between the college and Lusophone communities in the region and pursuing scholarly research.
Rhode Island STEAM Center
The Rhode Island STEAM Center at Rhode Island College is the state’s primary educational hub, resource, and research collaborative, established to increase interest in and advancement of science, technology, engineering, arts +design and mathematics (STEAM) in Rhode Island.
The Sherlock Center, founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). UCEDDs are evidence driven and designed to advance policies, practices and research that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with disabilities, their families, and their communities. The Sherlock Center is also a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program.
Social Policy Hub for Equity Research in Education
SPHERE engages Rhode Island College students and faculty, in partnership with Rhode Island community members, in conducting and disseminating research for equitable educational and social policies.