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Rhode Island Universities, Accredited Colleges, and Degrees

Rhode Island's higher education system is comprised of three public higher education institutions, 10 independent colleges and universities, and 13 proprietary schools. The system receives oversight from the Rhode Island Board of Governors of Higher Education, a 13-member body that serves as the state's legal entity for public higher education. The board's mission is to provide an excellent and affordable system of higher education that will help increase the rate of educational attainment of Rhode Island's residents. The board coordinates programs and approves budgets for the state's institutions and it regulates proprietary schools, such as the Sanford-Brown Institute or the International Yacht Restoration School.

Accredited Colleges & Universities in Rhode Island

Some of the top colleges in Rhode Island are Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University, and Rhode Island College. Brown University, a private institution founded in 1764, is known as one of eight Ivy League institutions. Located in Providence, the school offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from its more than 40 academic departments, including the Department of Anthropology, Center for Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Neuroscience. U.S. News & World Report ranked Brown University No. 15 in its ranking of the top national universities. In addition, 14 of its graduate programs, including in English, economics, and earth sciences, were ranked within the top 50 in the country by U.S. News.

Meanwhile, the University of Rhode Island, the largest public college in Rhode Island, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to its approximately 16,300 students at its campus in Kingston. U.S. News ranked the school No. 147 in its ranking of national universities. Johnson & Wales University and Rhode Island College were also ranked within the top 115 of regional universities in the north. Several online universities in Rhode Island, including Johnson & Wales University, offer bachelor's degrees through its distance education format. The University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, New England Institute of Technology, and Providence College also offer some sort of distance education options, whether that's full degree programs or individual courses.

Accredited Community Colleges in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is home to six public and private two-year institutions, including the Community College of Rhode Island, Lincoln Technical Institute, and Sanford-Brown Institute-Cranston. The Community College of Rhode Island serves nearly 18,000 students at its campus in Warwick. It offers certificate and associate degree programs in mathematics, nursing, psychology, social sciences, business administration, and allied health. The community college also offers students the option of taking some of their courses online. These courses are offered through the commonly used Blackboard course management system, which enables students to download course materials and assignments, participate in class discussions, take quizzes, and contact their professor and peers.

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