Top 2020 Colleges in Rhode Island

Rhode Island's 23 Colleges and Universities


Many colleges in Rhode Island are located near the state capital of Providence. Colleges range from an Ivy League institution to small private colleges. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the Ocean state:


  • Rhode Island is home to 13 four year college. 57% of them are public state universities.
  • There are 10 two year or less colleges. There is only one public community college.
  • Over the past 5 years, Rhode Island has seen a small 7.5% drop in students. In 2017, 82,766 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, 19,198 degrees were awarded for the 2016 - 2017 school year. Thus, about 63% of those awards were bachelor's degrees.


Salary Breakdown

According to the College Scorecard alums from Brown Univeristy earn the highest average salary. 10 years after graduating, the average salary is about $141,000. Meanwhile, the 2017 mean annual wage in Rhode Island is $54,810. You do the math!


Rhode Island's Tuition Programs


The Regional Student Program (RSP) Tuition Break program allows Rhode Island students to pay a lower tuition rate at participating out of state schools. In 2019, Rhode Island students saved about $7 million in tuition costs. Overall in 2019 over 8,000 students have saved $54.2 million in tuition through the RSP program. Other participating states are New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


Also, RI residents who attend Community College of Rhode Island can pursue a degree, tuition-free. Students can apply to be a Rhode Island Promise Scholar. To be eligible, students must be a full time student, maintain at a least 2.5 GPA and earn 30 credits each year.


Top Colleges in Rhode Island


Top Rhode Island colleges ranked by total number of students.


Total Number of Students
$18,454 / $34,858
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Total Number of Students
$4,564 / $12,156
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Brown University, Providence RI
Total Number of Students
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Rhode Island College, Providence RI
Total Number of Students
$8,929 / $21,6992
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Total Number of Students
$18,454 / $34,858
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All Colleges in Rhode Island


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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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