Community College of Rhode Island

  • 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 14,775 students (41% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 19:1.
Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 45%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 938 teachers has grown by 46% over five years.
Community College of Rhode Island(RI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty938 staff314 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Community College of Rhode Island has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 35:1 over five years.
The Community College of Rhode Island diversity score of 0.64 is equal to the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment14,775 students6,542 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:119:1
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# Full-Time Students6,081 students6,081 students
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# Part-Time Students8,694 students461 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
3%
3%
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% Hispanic
22%
21%
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% Black
9%
10%
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% White
54%
55%
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% Two or more races
6%
6%
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% Unknown races
6%
5%
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Diversity Score0.640.64
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College Completion Rate
19%
19%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,000$33,000
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,950 is equal to the state average of $3,950. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,582 is equal to the state average of $10,582. The out-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,950$3,950
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Out-State Tuition Fees$10,582$10,582
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid96%95%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,500$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Source: 2020 (or 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

The nearest community college to Community College of Rhode Island is New England Institute of Technology (4.8 miles away).
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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 $30,000 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Rhode Island community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Rhode Island is New England Institute of Technology. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.