go to college in Rhode Island?
You don't have to be a fan of the highly
rated television show "Providence"
to love the Ocean State. Rhode Island is part of New England in the
northeastern corner of the United States. Rhode Island is a state with
legendary mansions, over
100 miles of beautiful beaches,
unspoiled scenic trails as well as a growing, modern capital city-- Providence.
is always something
to do and see in Rhode Island, whatever your interests-- from the usual
recreational activities like going to the beach or shopping to whale watching.
Rhode Island is the home of the third oldest zoo in the United States--Roger
Willams Park Zoo. Called "New England's Great Zoo" by the Boston
Globe, it is considered to be among America's top ten zoos. Although Rhode
Island is the smallest state in the U.S., it is one of the biggest in terms
of the gifts to the country. It offers a unique blend of geographic, historic
and cultural diversity, as well as a wide range of recreational activities.
Despite its size, Rhode Island offers one
of the nation's largest concentrations of registered historic landmarks.
you know that 20% of the official historic landmarks in the
U.S. are in Rhode Island?
time to visit some of the choices that you have for higher education in
Rhode Island on the following web pages. Rhode Island offers everything
from the largest community college in New England to nationally ranked
private and Ivy League institutions. There really is something for everyone,
Rhode Island colleges and universities provide some of the finest opportunities
in America for students studying everything from oceanography to education,
culinary arts, business, graphic arts, film making, liberal arts and engineering.
Island Colleges On-line
College of Rhode Island
Established by the General Assembly in
1960, the Community College of Rhode Island seeks to provide: an
opportunity for students to complete their first two-years of college,
workforce training beyond the high school level, a focus on teaching and
student services, an avenue for adults to pursue post-secondary education,
extensive involvement with the community, and specialized workforce education
and training courses for business and industry. The largest community
college in New England, the Community College of Rhode Island has three
permanent campuses: The Knight Campus in Warwick, the Flanagan Campus
in Lincoln, and the Providence Campus in South Providence.
Satellite campuses are located at East Providence High School, Middletown
High School, Newport Hospital, North Kingstown High School and Westerly
High School. Fall 1998 headcount enrollment at the Community College
Established in 1854, Rhode Island College
is now the state's principal urban public institution of higher learning
-- in setting, student body, curriculum and priorities. It provides
undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences as well as in pre-professional
and professional fields. It also offers some graduate programs in
the arts and sciences and in the areas of community, public and social
service. It grants neither associate's degrees nor doctorates, except
for a Ph.D. in Education offered jointly with the University of Rhode Island.
The faculty's first priority is teaching, but this focus is enriched by
a strong commitment to research and community service. Rhode Island
College is located on a 125-acre campus straddling the Providence/North
Providence line. Headcount enrollment at Rhode Island College for
the fall of 1998 was 8,683.
of Rhode Island
From its beginnings in 1888, the University
of Rhode Island has grown to become the state's public, comprehensive university,
and is a land grant, sea grant, and urban grant institution, with responsibility
for cooperative extension services. It provides instructional programs
through the doctoral degree level, and among the three public institutions
has the primary responsibility for research. The University of Rhode
Island consists of four campuses: the 1,200 acre Kingston Campus located
in Kingston, the 165 acre Narragansett Bay Campus located off South Ferry
Road in Narragansett, the 2,300 acre W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich,
and the Providence Center which houses the Alan Shawn Feinstein College
of Continuing Education. At the University of Rhode Island, total
headcount enrollment for the fall 1998 semester was 14,319 students.
Established in 1764, Brown is the seventh
oldest college in the nation and a member of the Ivy League. Originally
named Rhode Island College, the institution was renamed in 1804 for Nicholas
Brown, an original incorporator and benefactor. Women were first
admitted in 1891 to study at what became known as Pembroke College, which
merged with Brown's undergraduate college in 1971. Brown University
offers bachelorís, masterís and doctoral degrees in the liberal arts and
sciences, a masterís degree in teaching, plus a medical education program
leading to the MD degree. The Brown campus is located on Providenceís
East Side. Headcount enrollment in fall 1998 was 7,782.
Bryant College was founded in 1863 to
provide specialized training in business administration. Located
on a 320 acre campus on Douglas Pike in Smithfield that opened in 1971,
Bryant College offers associate's, bachelorís, and masterís degree programs,
including an MBA. Bryant is home of the RI Small Business Development
Center and is the summer training camp site for the New England Patriots.
Headcount enrollment in fall 1998 was 3,365.
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University
offers associate's degrees, baccalaureate degrees, masterís degrees and
the doctorate in education. Johnson & Wales is a career-oriented
institution that concentrates in business, food service, hospitality, teacher
education and technology. The main campus is located in downtown
Providence, with a second campus headquartered at the Harborside Park waterfront
site near the Providence/Cranston line. Other major learning centers
are located at the Johnson & Wales Inn in Seekonk and the Airport Center
in Warwick. Headcount enrollment in fall 1998 was 8,381.
On October 6, 1884, Secretary of the Navy
William E. Chandler gave the order that: "A college is hereby established
for an advanced course of professional study for naval officers, to be
known as the Naval War College." Such were the humble beginnings
of what is now the oldest continuing institution of its kind in the world.
Now in its second century of service to the U.S. Navy and the nation, the
Naval War College continues to prepare its students for the remainder of
their military careers by providing them with a professional military education
based on intellectual flexibility, flowing from a clear understanding of
the fundamental principles which have governed national security affairs
in peace and in war throughout history.
England Institute of Technology
Established in 1940, NEIT specializes
in the preparation of students for immediate employment in business, high
technology industries and the applied trades. The institution grants
associate's and bachelorís degrees in technical and career fields.
Its Providence campus was joined in 1981 by a new Warwick campus located
on Post Road. Headcount enrollment in fall 1998 was 2,537.
Providence College, a Dominican institution
of higher education, was founded in 1917 by the Bishop of the Diocese of
Providence. Providence College awards baccalaureate degrees in the
arts and sciences. The Graduate School offers masterís degrees in
business administration, history, education, and religious studies.
The 104 acre campus is located at the corner of River Avenue and Eaton
Street in Providence. Headcount enrollment in fall 1998 was 5,534.
School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design, founded
in 1877, is a professional arts college offering students the environment
and opportunity to foster their development as artists, architects and
designers. The college offers degrees at the baccalaureate and masterís
levels, including a masterís in teaching. The campus is located among
over 35 buildings on Providence's East Side. Headcount enrollment
in fall 1998 was 2,082.
Roger Williams University offers career-oriented
studies as well as programs in the liberal arts and sciences. The
school offers associate's and bachelorís degrees, including the bachelor
in architecture and fine arts, the masterís degree in criminal justice
and the doctorate of law. Originally a branch of Northeastern University,
in 1956 it was chartered by the state as Roger Williams Junior College,
and in 1967 the institution was granted the right to award bachelorís degrees.
The campus, on the Bristol waterfront, covers 97 acres. The School
of Continuing Education is located in downtown Providence on Washington
Street. Headcount enrollment in fall 1998 was 3,704.
Salve Regina University is a Catholic
college of the arts and sciences located in Newport. Established
in 1934, it offers the associate's degree in justice studies, general studies
and management, and bachelorís degrees in a variety of arts and sciences;
in addition, the masterís degree is offered in social service and management
fields, and a doctorate is offered in humanities. The campus consists
19 buildings, some turn-of-the-century, located on Ochre Point. Headcount
enrollment in fall 1998 was 2,217.
Zion Bible Institute is one of the oldest
Pentecostal Bible training centers in the country. The school opened
in the fall of 1924. In 1985, Zion Bible Institute moved to a 108-acre
campus in Barrington, formerly the site of Barrington College. Zion
Bible Institute is authorized by the Board of Governors for Higher Education
to offer baccalaureate degrees in three areas: Bible, theology, and
divinity. Headcount enrollment in fall 1998 was 425.
ISLAND PROPRIETARY SCHOOLS
Proprietary schools are privately-owned
business, trade and technical schools that offer training for entry-level
employment and the upgrading of existing skills in non-licensed occupations.
Proprietary schools are not licensed to grant degrees but may award certificates.
Currently there are 15 proprietary schools
operating in Rhode Island.
The Arthur Angelo School of Cosmetology
and Hair Design, established in 1959, is located in Providence. It
offers programs in hairdressing, instructor training, esthetician, and
Business Institute, established in 1994, is located in North Providence.
It offers programs in office specialist, computerized bookkeeping, business
software specialist, PC repair, and CADD.
Yacht Restoration School, established in 1998, is located in Newport.
It offers programs in yacht restoration.
Gibbs School, established in 1911, is located in Providence.
It offers programs in secretarial, administrative assistant, information
processing, paralegal/legal assistant, travel & conference planning,
PC NET, and computer technical support.
Loretta's School of Cosmetology, established
in 1983, is located in East Providence. It offers programs in
hairdressing, instructor training, sculptured nails, and manicuring.
Technical Training Institute (MTTI), established in 1985, is located
in East Providence. It offers programs in small engine/motorcycle
repair, automotive service technician, telecommunication cabling, and computer
Nationwide Tractor Trailer Driving School,
established in 1969, is located in Lincoln. It offers programs in
tractor trailer driving.
New England Tractor Trailer Training School
of Massachusetts, Inc., established in 1966, is located in Pawtucket.
It offers programs in tractor trailer driving, diesel mechanics, and commercial
The Newport School of Hairdressing, established
in 1966, has locations in Bristol, Cranston, and Pawtucket. It offers
programs in hairdressing and instructor training.
The Ocean State Business Institute, established
in 1977, is located in Narragansett. It offers programs in
secretarial, stenographic, accounting, computer programming, and word processing.
The Rhode Island Beauty Academy, established
1993, is located in Johnston. It offers programs in hairdressing,
manicuring, instructor training, barbering, and esthetician.
The Sawyer School, established in 1916,
has locations in Pawtucket, Warwick, Newport, Providence, Westerly, and
Woonsocket. It offers programs in secretarial, travel & tourism,
radio & TV, office information processing, medical assistant, and business
The School of Medical & Legal Secretarial
Sciences, established in 1977, is located in Providence. It offers
programs in legal transcription, medical transcription, and medical-legal
Rep Conservatory, established in 1978, is located in Providence.
It offers programs in professional theatre.
The Warwick Academy of Beauty Culture,
established in 1969, is located in Warwick. It offers programs in
hairdressing, manicuring, and esthetician.
RHODE ISLAND ORGANIZATIONS:
The College Planning Center, a resource
center sponsored by the Rhode Island Student Loan Association
(RISLA), offers Rhode Islanders up-to-date information on college admission,
financial aid, distance learning, and careers. The center also offers free
scholarship searches and community outreach services. Experienced
financial aid and admissions professionals are available seven days a week
to answer questions. The center is committed to reaching all populations
within the Rhode Island community to ensure access to this essential information.
The College Planning Center
Home Page provides links to websites with information on financial
aid, college selection, career and job search, and distance learning.
Computer terminals, available at the center, can be used to access information
on the Internet related to the college admission and financial aid application
process. The College Planning Center is located at the Warwick Mall,
400 Bald Hill Road, Suite R10. The phone number is 736-1182 or 1183.
England Regional Student Program (RSP)
This program enables New England residents
to get a reduction on out-of-state tuition when they enroll at public colleges
and universities in a New England state, other than that of their legal
residence, and study RSP-approved majors which are not offered by their
home states. All 77 public colleges and universities in New England
participate in offering hundreds of academic programs through RSP.
Programs are available at all academic levels from associate's degrees
through doctoral and first professional degrees. The RSP is a tuition
reduction program, not a financial assistance or scholarship program, and
students accepted through RSP are eligible to apply for financial aid from
other sources. The catalog of RSP eligible programs is available
in high school guidance offices, public libraries, college career services
and admissions offices at New England public colleges and universities.
For more information call New England Regional Student Program 617-357-9620
or visit the website.
Island Higher Education Assistance Authority
The Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance
Authority (RIHEAA), was created to provide financial assistance to students
and their families which will allow them to realize their postsecondary
educational goals. The mission of RIHEAA is to provide educational
access and choice to the residents of Rhode Island, by promoting equal
postsecondary opportunity to students who are restricted from participating
in the educational program of their choice due to insufficient financial
resources. RIHEAA administers the Rhode Island State Grant Program,
the Scholar Recognition Program, the Student Employment Network and the
Bound Fund, and is the guarantor of the Federal Stafford and PLUS loan
programs. For additional information call 401-736-1100.
College Bound Fund is a state sponsored
trust, offered through the Rhode Island
Higher Education Assistance Authority, that is available for families
to save for higher education expenses. The money in the trust is privately
managed under the supervision of the State Investment Commission.
While the money is on deposit in an account, there are no federal or state
taxes on the earnings. When the child is ready to attend college
or graduate school, amounts can be withdrawn to pay for tuition, room,
board, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for enrollment or attendance
at virtually any public or independent educational institution in the nation.
For information on enrollment or administrative matters, call toll free
1-888-324-5057 or visit their website.
Island Office of Higher Education
The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education
has information on the Rhode Island Board of Governors and issues related
to higher education in Rhode Island. RIOHE makes available factual
information on the colleges and universities (Higher Education in Rhode
Island: A Briefing Book) and proprietary schools (Directory of Proprietary
Schools in Rhode Island) that operate in this state. Preparing
for College: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators is the RIOHE
website which provides information and annotated hyperlinks to Internet
sources on college planning and the application process. For people
who do not speak English as their native language, there is information
on English as a Second Language Programs (ESL in Rhode Island Public Colleges
and University: A Directory). Students planning to transfer among
the public higher education institutions should consult their advisor and
The Transfer Guide for Students, which lists course equivalencies and articulation
agreements. Many reports are now available online at the Rhode
Island Board of Governors website. Other reports can be requested
by calling 401-222-6560 or writing to Rhode Island Office of Higher Education,
301 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908.
Island Student Loan Association (RISLA)
Rhode Island Student Loan Association
(RISLA) is a non-profit state authority dedicated to providing affordable
loans for higher education. To be eligible, you must be a Rhode Island
resident or attending college in Rhode Island. RISLA provides easy,
local access to low cost educational funds; helps Rhode Island colleges
and universities to be more financially competitive in attracting and retaining
exemplary students; counsels students and parents on how they can afford
higher education; and provides state-of-the-art loan processing and disbursement
services. Information is available on the Stafford, Parent PLUS,
RI Family Education, Partnership, and Scholarship Loan programs.
Call 736-1190 or 800-758-7562.
Island Office of Higher Education
301 Promenade Street, Providence,
Website Developed in December
1998 by Timothy S. Chace and Phyllis
Site last updated December