Aug 20, 2017

Rhode Island

Bordered by Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S. by size. It also has the longest official name – the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

RhodeIslandAccording to 2013 estimates from the United States Census Bureau, Rhode Island has a total population of 1,051,511 and is one of the most densely populated states in the country. Providence is the state capital and the largest city. Major industries in the state include health services, tourism, and manufacturing.

The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education oversees the state’s higher education system. There are 12 colleges and universities in the state.

Top Reasons to Study in Rhode Island

  • Location: Rhode Island is strategically located along the Northeast corridor of the United States. It lies 50 miles from Boston and 180 miles from New York, providing easy access to these two major cities.
  • Education Quality: Rhode Island is home to some of the nation’s leading colleges. Brown University is ranked 14th among the top universities nationally, according to a 2014 report by U.S. News. The University of Rhode Island is one of the top colleges for oceanography and oceanic research. Johnson and Wales University is among the top culinary schools, while Rhode Island School of Design is rated among the top design schools nationwide.
  • Employment Prospects: Rhode Island is home to CVS, the largest drug store chain in the U.S., GTECH, the world's leading gaming technology and services company, and Hasbro, the second largest toy maker. Other major employers in the state include Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, Honeywell, Amgen and Bank of America. In addition, the state is close to Boston and New York, affording prospective students easy access to these employment markets as well.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Rhode Island, contact the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Rhode Island School of Design Architecture,Graphic Design,Industrial Design Private >10,000 Request Info
Bryant University Business,Communications/ Journalism Private >10,000 Request Info
Roger Williams University Business,Engineering,Legal Studies Private >10,000 Request Info
Brown University Biological Sciences,Economics,International Relations Private >10,000 Request Info
Johnson & Wales University: Providence Business,Culinary Arts,Family/ Consumer Services Private >10,000 Request Info

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