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Rhode Island College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Rhode Island College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Rhode Island College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Rhode Island College was awarded 609 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social work.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, RIC is ranked #979 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when RIC held the #1,069 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 10 colleges in Rhode Island, RIC is ranked at #9.

See all of the rankings for Rhode Island College.

Is It Hard to Get Into RIC?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Rhode Island College is 81%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that RIC is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 84% of students accepted to RIC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 560. Math scores were between 420 and 540.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rhode Island College  ( 450 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for Rhode Island College  ( 420 to 540 )
RIC received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Rhode Island College  ( 18 to 25 )

Learn more about Rhode Island College admissions.

Rhode Island College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Rhode Island College is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Rhode Island College is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Rhode Island College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 76% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Rhode Island College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at RIC is 20%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  20 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Rhode Island College.

Rhode Island College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,998 undergraduates at RIC with 4,611 being full-time and 1,387 being part-time.

How Much Does Rhode Island College Cost?

The overall average net price of RIC is $10,922. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for RIC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,691 $8,961 $12,805 $15,816 $16,294

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of RIC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At RIC, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $6,584 a year. That adds up to $26,336 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RIC is 8.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Get more details about paying for Rhode Island College.

How Much Money Do RIC Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from RIC make about $41,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Rhode Island College make the most money.

Location of Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College is a public institution situated in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Contact details for RIC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-8000

Rhode Island College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from Rhode Island College. Of these students, 1,366 received undergraduate degrees and 298 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 152 $63,330
General Psychology 129 $32,136
Social Work 100 $34,485
Accounting 86 $42,979
Criminal Justice & Corrections 84 $37,928
Business Administration & Management 74 $42,235
Teacher Education Grade Specific 65 $37,532
General English Literature 55 $30,409
Teacher Education Subject Specific 45 $39,369
Fine & Studio Arts 44 $25,967

Learn more about the majors offered at Rhode Island College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at RIC

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 7,030 students took at least one online class at Rhode Island College. This is an increase from the 296 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 7,030 6,526
2018-2019 296 19
2017-2018 270 17
2016-2017 356 20
2015-2016 232 10

Learn more about online learning at Rhode Island College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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