Best Colleges in Rhode Island 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in Rhode Island. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Best Colleges in Rhode Island 2022

Colleges and Universities in Rhode Island

Of the three public schools, the University of Rhode Island is the largest, having more than 15,000 students in attendance. The main campus is located in Kingston, and the tuition rate is $14,000. The most prestigious school in the state is Brown University, a private Ivy League institution located in Providence. Over 9,000 students study on this campus in fields like biophysics, ethnic studies, and public health. Tuition is more expensive at about $55,000, but the school boasts a 96% graduation rate.

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Of the eight private schools, two are religiously affiliated. Both Salve Regina University and Providence College have under 5,000 students, though the tuition fees are more expensive at $40,000 and $51,000, respectively. Whether you seek an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, Rhode Island also offers a unique opportunity for graduates. As a financial incentive to pursue a career or start a business in Rhode Island in the technology, engineering, design, or other sectors, the Wavemaker Fellowship program defrays student loan payments for up to four years.

Rhode Island is the smallest U.S. state, but it has more than 400 miles of coastline, giving it the nickname The Ocean State. With sandy beaches and colonial towns, this state offers relaxation and history. Rhode Island also has 11 public and private higher education institutions with an average tuition of just over $12,000.

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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 8 colleges and universities in Rhode Island that meet our criteria. This list of the top colleges in Rhode Island below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in Rhode Island.

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Best Colleges in Rhode Island 2022

  1. #1

    Brown University

    Providence , RI
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $62K

    Acceptance

    8%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1505/34

    What is Brown University known for?

    Brown University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Business
    • Education
    • Economics
    • Computer Science
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Communications

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  2. #2

    University of Rhode Island

    Kingston , RI
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/25

    What is University of Rhode Island known for?

    University of Rhode Island’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Anthropology
    • Communications
    • Earth Sciences
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry

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  3. #4

    Bryant University

    Smithfield , RI
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Bryant University known for?

    Bryant University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Economics
    • Communications
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Medical

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  4. #5

    Roger Williams University

    Bristol , RI
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Roger Williams University known for?

    Roger Williams University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Law
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #6

    Rhode Island College

    Providence , RI
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    980/17

    What is Rhode Island College known for?

    Rhode Island College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Education
    • Anthropology
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #7

    Salve Regina University

    Newport , RI
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Salve Regina University known for?

    Salve Regina University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • History
    • Political Science
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Education

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  7. #8

    New England Institute of Technology

    East Greenwich , RI

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/17

    What is New England Institute of Technology known for?

    New England Institute of Technology’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Brown University
  2. Rhode Island School of Design
  3. Providence College
  4. University of Rhode Island
  5. Roger Williams University
  6. Bryant University
  7. Salve Regina University
  8. Rhode Island College