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Rhode Island College Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Rhode Island College? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors RIC offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Rhode Island College Ranked?

2020 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 10 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is public administration and social service.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked RIC as #1,123 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when RIC held the #1,159 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

RIC is also ranked #9 out of 9 schools in Rhode Island.

See all of the rankings for Rhode Island College.

Is It Hard to Get Into RIC?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Rhode Island College is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 74%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 90% 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 430 and 530.

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

SAT Math Scores for Rhode Island College  ( 430 to 530 )
RIC received ACT scores from 8% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 15 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Rhode Island College  ( 15 to 22 )

Learn more about Rhode Island College admissions.

Rhode Island College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Rhode Island College is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 75% 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  75 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 14%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  14 out of 100

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

Below Average Overall Diversity at RIC

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,077 undergraduates at RIC with 5,461 being full-time and 1,616 being part-time.

RIC Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for RIC is 29.57 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  29.57 out of 100
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How Much Does Rhode Island College Cost?

The overall average net price of RIC is $10,366. 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 +
$7,602 $8,200 $11,009 $13,968 $15,107

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At RIC, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $6,309 a year. That adds up to $25,236 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RIC is 8.2%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from RIC make around $41,400 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 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

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

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Location of Rhode Island College

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 50 majors graduated from Rhode Island College. Of these students, 1,405 received undergraduate degrees and 256 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 160 $63,300
General Psychology 120 $31,700
Social Work 119 $29,900
Business Administration & Management 93 $39,200
Communication & Media Studies 82 $28,200
Teacher Education Grade Specific 77 $31,700
Accounting 73 $43,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 73 $34,000
Teacher Education Subject Specific 45 $37,700
Health & Medical Administrative Services 43 $37,200

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 270 students took at least one online class at Rhode Island College. This is a decrease from the 356 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 270 17
2016-2017 356 20
2015-2016 232 10
2014-2015 204 7
2013-2014 80 3

Learn more about online learning at Rhode Island College.

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