Part II: Great Colleges in Rhode Island

Posted by Lindie Johnson on Sep 24, 2013 1:27:00 PM


If you’re looking to apply to college in Rhode Island, you’ll find that the state is small but there are plenty of fine educational institutions available. You may find just the opportunity you’re looking for at one of these great schools.

Johnson & Wales University

JWU McNulty WebIf you’re as comfortable with a cookbook as a textbook, Johnson & Wales University may be the place for you. Nationally known chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence and Lorena Garcia earned their stripes in JWU’s culinary arts programs. Their multidisciplinary approach helps you develop your cooking creativity while building the business and technical skills to take your career in any direction you choose.



Providence College

PC Admissions WebProvidence College provides a well-balanced mix of academic pursuits with moral and spiritual development. This private Catholic institution, the only one in the country operated by Dominican friars, regularly ranks among the top colleges, particularly with their master’s level programs. Popular fields of study in their liberal arts curriculum include business, elementary and secondary education, and social sciences. The scenic campus located in the heart of the capital city offers a beautiful setting for college life.



Rhode Island College

RIC Performing Arts CenterFounded in 1854 as the state’s first public institute of higher learning, Rhode Island College has grown from a teachers’ school to one with a comprehensive curriculum offering. While their education program remains strong, they also feature well-regarded programs for nursing, social work and business. Students with an interest in performing arts may hone their skills in the college’s dance company, theater group or one of several vocal and musical groups.




The beautiful RISD campus in downtown ProvidenceCreativity and imagination have a home at Rhode Island School of Design, one of the pre-eminent art schools in the country. This private institution was originally named a design school to connect it to the textile and jewelry industries of the area. Fine arts is now the major field of study, which incorporates a wide variety of specialization such as photography, glassware and graphic design. The campus is home to a comprehensive art museum as well as a laboratory where students may explore the patterns and structure of design in nature.


Roger Williams University

Roger Williams Admissions OfficeRoger Williams University proudly bears the name of the state’s founding father. Part of the mission of this private liberal arts school is to promote interaction between faculty and students. To that end, the average class size is 19 students and all are taught exclusively by faculty members with no teaching assistants. RWU also has the distinction of having the only law school in Rhode Island. The campus has a picture-postcard setting overlooking Mount Hope Bay, enabling students to take advantage of extracurricular activities such as sailing and kayaking.


Salve Regina University

Salve Regina UniversityStudents at Salve Regina University, a private Catholic school founded by the Sisters of Mercy, are surrounded by a breathtaking sense of the area’s heritage. Located in picturesque Newport, the campus is set on seven estates and features 21 beautifully preserved historic structures, some of which serve as dormitories. Their comprehensive liberal arts curriculum includes popular majors like nursing, criminal justice and business.





Whatever your dreams are for the future, you can apply to college in Rhode Island that can help you make it a reality.

Topics: College Planning