Culinary arts and hospitality are JWU’s strongest suits, with numerous specializations available.
By Adam Jazairi
Rhode Island may be small, but its higher education opportunities are anything but. The state features such prestigious private institutions as Brown University, not to mention a host of excellent public schools.
If you know you want to go to college in Rhode Island, but you’re not sure where, it’s a good idea to check out the most popular destinations first. This list compiles Rhode Island’s largest colleges and universities by enrollment, so you can get a sense of where most students in the Ocean State are headed.
Type: Private University
Best Programs: Brown’s academics excel in the humanities, especially English literature.
Fun Fact: The university has a very progressive reputation; in fact, Brown was the first Ivy League university not to discriminate based on religious affiliation.
Type: Public College
Tuition: $5,256 (in-state); $13,664 (out-of-state)
Best Programs: Most Rhode Island College students choose professionally oriented majors, such as management, education and nursing.
Fun Fact: While maintaining its emphasis on undergraduate study, Rhode Island College has recently expanded its graduate offerings, which now include 30 programs.
Type: Private University
Best Programs: Culinary arts and hospitality are JWU’s strongest suits, with numerous specializations available.
Fun Fact: Though Brown University often garners more attention, JWU is the largest private university in the state.
Type: Public University
Tuition: $8,184 (in-state); $23,038 (out-of-state)
Best Programs: Students at URI choose from a variety of majors, the most popular of which are currently nursing and communications.
Fun Fact: More than 200 study abroad programs are available at URI.
Type: Community College
Tuition: $2,846 (in-state); $7,766 (out-of-state)
Best Programs: As the state’s main two-year college, the Community College of Rhode Island aims for variety in academics, from transfer programs to vocational training.
Fun Fact: In addition to being Rhode Island’s only community college, CCRI is also the largest such college in all of New England.
- Private universities like Brown and Johnson & Wales can be expensive. If you need help finding financial aid, try our Campus Explorer Scholarship Search.
- Remember not to overlook Rhode Island’s smaller colleges! For example, the Rhode Island School of Art & Design is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country.
- One of the benefits of living in Rhode Island is being right next to other New England states. Don’t forget to look into nearby out-of-state schools.
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