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 community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 39% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 20%.
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 (1.9 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 523 teachers has declined by 15% over five years.
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
60 staff

Student Body

The student population of 17,699 teachers has grown by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has increased from 29:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 23% over five years.
Total Enrollment
17,699 students
1,266 students
Community College of Rhode Island Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 34:1
21:1
Community College of Rhode Island student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
5,459 students
810 students
# Part-Time Students 12,240 students
1,017 students
Community College of Rhode Island sch enrollment Community College of Rhode Island sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
% Asian
3%
2%
% Hispanic
18%
7%
Community College of Rhode Island Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
10%
12%
% White
61%
57%
% Two or more races
3%
2%
Community College of Rhode Island More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
4%
3%
Community College of Rhode Island sch ethnicity Community College of Rhode Island sta ethnicity
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. 0.33 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,950 is less than the state average of $5,740. 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 $10,260. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,950 $5,740
Community College of Rhode Island In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,582 $10,260
Community College of Rhode Island Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 74%
89%
Community College of Rhode Island % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (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.

Nearby Schools:

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  • East Greenwich New England Institute of Technology
    Private not-for-profit
    One New England Tech Boulevard
    East Greenwich, RI 02818
    (401)739-5000
    1.9  Mi  |  2877  students
  • Cranston Sanford-Brown Institute-Cranston
    Private for-profit
    85 Garfield Avenue
    Cranston, RI 2920
    (401)824-5300
    6.4  Mi  |  97  students
  • Fall River Bristol Community College
    Public
    777 Elsbree St
    Fall River, MA 02720
    (508)678-2811
    18.7  Mi  |  9335  students
  • Danielson Quinebaug Valley Community College
    Public
    742 Upper Maple St
    Danielson, CT 06239
    (860)412-7200
    22.4  Mi  |  1934  students
  • Franklin Dean College
    Private not-for-profit
    99 Main Street
    Franklin, MA 02038
    (508)541-1900
    26.1  Mi  |  1299  students
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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 0.35, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Rhode Island is Sanford-Brown Institute-Cranston. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.