There are many universities and colleges in the state of Rhode Island, and this article will focus on public colleges and universities. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S. and is part of New England. It’s known for its coastal towns and beautiful beaches. It’s not very large, so students in Rhode Island have easy access to Connecticut and Massachusetts. It’s also known for its fishing towns, great-tasting seafood, historic sites, and walkable cities. There is something to do every part of the year.
University of Rhode Island (URI)
The University of Rhode Island is located in the small-town community of Kingston. Kingston is a suburb of Providence and has a population of about 7,000 residents. It lies next to hundreds of miles of coastline of the Atlantic Ocean with over 20 beaches offering water activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing, and stand up paddleboarding. Those who love nature can also choose from miles of hiking and biking trails throughout the lush forest and paths throughout the state. If you want to escape the small-town community, you can hop on the Amtrak in Providence to NYC or Boston.
The University of Rhode Island’s main campus is 1,200 acres, is close to the ocean, and has roughly 18,000 students enrolled. Some of the buildings on campus date back to the early 1900s. URI participates in the NCAA Division I sports and the Atlantic 10 Conference. Like other universities, it has a variety of degree programs, student organizations, and on-campus housing offerings for their students. For more information, go to the University of Rhode Island website.
Rhode Island College (RIC)
Rhode Island College lies in Providence. Providence was founded in 1636 and has many historic buildings and sites around the city. It has a population of nearly 180,000 residents. This means students can enjoy easy access variety of activities such as shopping, entertainment, and restaurants. It is also very pedestrian-friendly with the Providence River running through the center of town. To escape to more modern conveniences, students can hop in the car and drive to New York or Boston within a few hours.
Rhode Island College is the second oldest college in Rhode Island. Its located on 180 acres of beautifully landscaped park-like land and has a student body of about 9,000 students. They compete in Divison III sports and have other student clubs, organizations, events, and offer on-campus housing. For more information, visit Rhode Island College’s website.
Community College in Rhode Island
There is one community college in Rhode Island located throughout the state. Community College of Rhode Island is located in Warwick, Providence, and Lincoln.