Rhode Island College At-a-Glance

RIC Student Tour Guides in front of Craig-Lee Hall

This is Rhode Island College!

Rhode Island College a public comprehensive college, recognized as a leader in changing the lives of our graduates and the communities in which they live by providing students with access to an affordable education and personalized support that prepares them for meaningful careers that change their life.

Our students choose to study here because we offer great value without the debt.

Located just one hour from Boston and three hours from New York City, we offer small class sizes, flexible course options and affordable tuition.

  • Average class size: 18
  • Average honors class size: 15
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Enrollment (fall 2018): 6,688 Undergraduate; 1,083 Graduates; 70% Female, 30% Male, 35% students of color
  • Undergraduate Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work
  • 328 full-time faculty, 89% of whom hold terminal degrees in their specialization
  • Total undergraduate and graduate enrollment (Fall 2018): 7,771
  • Alumni: over 65,000 in 50 states and many foreign countries.

RIC at-a-Glance

  • Nearly 90 majors and programs in five schools
  • Approximately 50% of undergraduates are in professional programs like education, nursing, social work; the other 50% are in liberal arts or business
  • College Honors Program designed for motivated, high-achieving students
  • Options for student-designed majors as well as independent study

Adams Library, voted through the Student Satisfaction Survey as #1 on campus for excellent in service, provides:

  • About 80,000 square feet with seating capacity of 700
  • Nearly 40 public access computers with printing capability
  • 39 laptops for students use at the library
  • Online access to 80 databases for scholarly article, videos, music and electronic journal articles
  • Access to honors theses, dissertations and faculty publications
  • Texting capabilities for asking questions and accessing the library resources through smart phones

Wireless access is available campus-wide, including residence halls and outdoors on the Quad. Campus technology highlights include:

  • 2 open-access computer labs provide over 150 PC's and 16 Macs for student use
  • 134 electronic classrooms, 9 e-seminar rooms, 15 e-labs, 5 e-auditoria
  • Blackboard course management software used in nearly half of our undergraduate courses
  • New England Commission of Higher Education - NECHE
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education - NCATE
  • Council on Social Work Education - CSWE
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design - NASAD
  • National Association of Schools of Music - NASM
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education - CCNE
  • National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification - NASDTEC

RIC Athletics programs are NCAA Division III with 12 varsity teams for women and 9 for men; member of the Little East Conference

  • $10 million Murray Center with its 32,000 square-foot competitive wooden floor is the home competition site for varsity programs in basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling, as well as a fully equipped varsity weight room, athletic medicine area, athletic training area, locker rooms and classrooms.
  • Student-athlete academic support and life skills center
  • Recently renovated Recreation Center which includes swimming pool, field house, cardiovascular and weight room
  • Outdoor facilities include the baseball complex, softball field, tennis courts, outdoor track, and soccer field. Adjacent to the campus is a Donald Ross-designed golf course, home to the college's golf teams.
  • Approximately 300 students participate in varsity sports
  • Study Abroad opportunities are available for a semester, year, summer, or during the short January term. The choice of program and country depends upon the interests of the individual student. A faculty member in sociology serves as coordinator of an exchange program with PUCE University in Quito, Ecuador. The college is also affiliated with four study-abroad program providers.
  • Domestic study-away program: Rhode Island College is a member of the National Student Exchange (NSE), a consortium of 200 public colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program is open to sophomores and juniors who may exchange for a semester or year while still paying Rhode Island College tuition.
  • Roberts Hall and the Nazarian Center house three major performance venues: 943-seat auditorium, 422-seat concert hall and flexible black-box theatre with a maximum seating capacity of 200. The center also includes the Little Theatre for student productions, dance studio and a technical lighting classroom.
  • RIC Theatre mounts several major productions annually, ranging from Shakespeare to Broadway musicals, along with productions by the Growing Stage Theatre, a student-directed performance group. There are concerts by the college's Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, Chorus, Concert Jazz Band, and Dance Company. Arts organizations are open to majors and non-majors.
  • Bannister Gallery presents eight to ten exhibitions each year, featuring works by professional artists and students.
  • ALEX AND ANI Hall, Rhode Island College’s newly renovated and expanded 52,600-square-foot art center, includes new state-of-the art studios, classrooms, offices, computer labs, presentation areas and outdoor work courts

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The RIC Advantage

At Rhode Island College, we believe that a quality education should be accessible to all and should not cost a fortune. A degree from Rhode Island College propels you forward and doesn’t hold you back.

Student to faculty ratio allows you to have a meaningful learning experience with faculty who take the time to know you. Average class size of 20 .
RIC has a metropolitan campus with suburban feel.
We have flexible programs with online, in-person and hybrid options to help you achieve your goals on your own terms.

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