America’s smallest state, Rhode Island, is as known for its distinguished universities and colleges as it is for its rich history and beautiful coastal landscapes. The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education operates three public institutions: the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island. All other universities in Rhode Island are private, with two schools, Providence College and Salve Regina University, being faith-based, Catholic institutions. Two famous colleges in Rhode Island are Brown University, a member of the Ivy League and located in Providence, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), which is also located in the state’s capitol.
Many Rhode Island universities and colleges offer online courses. Online colleges in Rhode Island include Johnson and Wales University, with its online degree programs in culinary arts, and Salve Regina University, which offers several master’s degree programs online. Online courses are also available at Community College of Rhode Island and the state’s only technical college, New England Institute of Technology, which offers online certificates. Roger Williams University has online programs as well, with some at the certificate level, and others at the advanced degree level. Finally, Bryant University offers online courses and certificates in business disciplines like management, financial planning, and human resources. Despite its diminutive size and small quantity of schools, Rhode Island residents are lucky in the availability of quality degree programs offered both on campus and online.