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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.

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Bachelor's

Master's

Doctor's

Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Ave
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1807
(401) 825-1000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Johnson & Wales University
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, Rhode Island 02903-3703
(401) 598-1000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Institute of Technology
2500 Post Rd
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-2244
(401) 467-7744

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education & New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
Providence College
River Ave and Eaton St
Providence, Rhode Island 02918-0001
(401) 865-1000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Rd
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809-2923
(401) 253-1040

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840-4192
(401) 847-6650

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
University of Rhode Island
Kingston
Rhode Island 02881
(401) 874-1000

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education