Rhode Island College is built upon a legacy vital not only to the state of Rhode Island but also to the development of modern education in this country. RIC came from humble origins, as an untested idea that was championed by a few truly visionary leaders.
Rhode Island College offers more than 90 undergraduate and 30 graduate academic programs including a wide range of programs in management, education, nursing, and social work, as well as in the performing and fine arts.
The Center for Research and Creative Activity (CRCA) was established with financial support from the Davis Educational Foundation to broaden participation of students and faculty in the high-impact practice of mentored undergraduate research and creative activity. The mission of CRCA is to increase student engagement toward greater student retention, persistence, and degree completion.
Self-assessment is an exploration process through which a student examines his/her interests, skills, and values and how those connect with different career options. This process may include both individual sessions with a career counselor and use of an assessment instrument. It is an especially helpful process for students who are also trying to decide upon an academic major.
The Office of Student Life provides programs, services, and co-curricular experiences that enhance student success. Our efforts promote an inclusive community and the development of leadership skills, critical thinking, global awareness, self-advocacy, career decision-making and job search skills. The Office of Student Life also improves the quality of student life by addressing students’ needs and issues and works to maintain student safety.
Each of the six residence halls features social lounges, along with laundry and kitchen facilities. Each hall has its own character and style. Browne, Thorp, and Weber Halls are designed with suites of eight to twelve single rooms adjacent to a study-lounge area. Sweet and Willard Halls feature double occupancy rooms, and Sweet Hall and Penfield Hall have provisions for students with disabilities. All six are co-educational. With the opening of the Penfield Hall, we are able to accommodate a total of 1,194 students.
The Adams Library offers many services for RIC students, including borrowing, access to databases, guides for technology, and more. The RIC ID card functions as a library card which is used for borrowing materials at RIC and HELIN libraries, as well as paying for printing.
The mission of Rhode Island College Health Services is to provide confidential and holistic primary health care to enhance the academic potential of our students. Each student encounter is an opportunity to educate about prevention and risk reduction to promote life-long healthy choices.
Rhode Island College offers a rich and rigorous environment for each student to engage in learning -- in and out of the classroom. We believe that your educational experience should have many dimensions. You will experience growth in skills and factual knowledge, in self-confidence and self-esteem, in your ability to imagine and create, and in your awareness of others in this increasingly diverse community. We hope that you will make a commitment to grow in each of these dimensions because we know your satisfaction with your educational experience will be directly related to such a commitment.
Officially opened and dedicated during the 1989 fall semester, the Recreation Center is a tangible reflection of the College’s commitment to provide an exciting on-campus environment that is conducive to the total growth and development of its students, faculty, and staff and assists in their total wellness. The mission of the Recreation Center is to provide RIC students, College community, alumni, and interested persons from the community-at-large with high-quality and wholesome recreational programs and services.
The following student organizations have institutional recognition through the Rhode Island College Office of Student Activities:
Rhode Island College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.