Community College of Rhode Island

Tel: (401)825-1000
17,699 students
Public institution
The Community College of Rhode Island is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs. We meet the wide-ranging educational needs of our diverse student population, building on our rich tradition of excellence in teaching and our dedication to all students with the ability and motivation to succeed. We set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, champion diversity, respond to community needs, and contribute to our state’s economic development and the region’s workforce.
School Highlights
Community College of Rhode Island serves 17,699 students (31% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 34:1 is higher than the state community college average of 29:1.
Minority enrollment is 39% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 38%.
Community College of Rhode Island is one of 2 community colleges within Kent County, RI.
The nearest community college is New England Institute of Technology (1.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 523 teachers has declined by 15% over five years.
College Community College of Rhode Island Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 523 staff
61 staff
Community College of Rhode Island Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 17,699 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has increased from 29:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.58 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 26% over five years.
Total Enrollment 17,699 students 1,315 students
Community College of Rhode Island Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 34:1
22:1
Community College of Rhode Island Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 5,459 students
815 students
Community College of Rhode Island Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 12,240 students
1,061 students
Community College of Rhode Island Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Community College of Rhode Island Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Community College of Rhode Island American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
3%
5%
Community College of Rhode Island Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
18%
20%
Community College of Rhode Island Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
10%
15%
Community College of Rhode Island Black (2006-2013)
% White
61%
49%
Community College of Rhode Island White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
3%
3%
Community College of Rhode Island More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
4%
6%
Community College of Rhode Island Unknown (2006-2013)
Community College of Rhode Island Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.58 0.70
Community College of Rhode Island Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,950 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $10,582 is more than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,950 $5,590
Community College of Rhode Island In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,582 $10,086
Community College of Rhode Island Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 74%
89%
Community College of Rhode Island % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In January, 1960, the Rhode Island Junior College state system was established by an act of the Rhode Island General Assembly. The legislation closely followed the recommendation of a Commission to Study Higher Education, which called for the establishment of a statewide system of junior college campuses with facilities in the Pawtuxet Valley, Blackstone Valley and Mount Hope areas of Rhode Island. The Knight Campus is located on 205 acres adjacent to Routes 95 and 295 in Warwick. All academic facilities at this campus are housed under one roof, a futuristic megastructure which encourages social, educational and cultural exchanges among the entire student body. The design of the megastructure reflects the philosophy of the Community College of Rhode Island, which stresses interaction among students from all fields of study. Athletic facilities are located in a separate field house. Community College of Rhode Island offers programs in academic and vocational-technical areas as well as a full complement of programs and services for full and part-time students, for recent high school graduates and for older, adult learners. Community College of Rhode Island grants the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies (A.A.S.-T.S.) and the Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degrees. Several one-year certificates are also awarded.

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Did You Know?
For Rhode Island public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,950 per year for in-state students and $10,582 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $20,685 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Rhode Island community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.57, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Rhode Island is Sanford-Brown Institute-Cranston. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.