Rhode Island College


Motto: Reach. Inspire. Connect.

Type: Public college


Academic affiliations: Space-grant

Endowment: $16.4 million

President :Frank Sánchez

Students: 7,523



Location: Providence and North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Rhode Island College (RIC) is a public college in Providence, Rhode Island. The college was established in 1854 as the Rhode Island State Normal School, making it the second oldest institution of higher education in Rhode Island after Brown University.

Located on a 180-acre campus, the college has a student body of 9,000: 7,518 undergraduates and 1,482 graduate students. RIC is a member of the NCAA and has 17 Division III teams.


Rhode Island College was first established as the Rhode Island State Normal School by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1854. Its creation can be attributed to the labors of Henry Barnard, the first state agent for education in Rhode Island who had established the Rhode Island Teachers Institute at Smithville Seminary in 1845, and his successor, Elisha Potter.

The Rhode Island State Normal School was one of the nation’s first normal schools (teacher preparatory schools), which grew out of the humanitarian groundswell of the mid-19th century spurred by educational missionaries like Horace Mann. The school attracted hard-working young people who came chiefly from ordinary backgrounds.

Not yet thoroughly convinced of the school’s value, the General Assembly curtailed its financial support in 1857 and the school was moved to Bristol where it lingered until 1865 before closing. However, in 1869, the newly appointed state commissioner of education, Thomas W. Bicknell, began a vigorous personal campaign to revive the school.

Renamed the Rhode Island Normal School, the institution settled into a period of steady growth punctuated by periodic moves to larger quarters. The general favor won by the school, after its first difficult years had passed, was confirmed in 1898 when it moved into a large building specially constructed for it on Providence’s Capitol Hill near the State House.

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How do I apply for Rhode Island College?

You may request to have the form completed or an enrollment letter. Students may request an enrollment letter by sending a request to records@ric.edu, via fax (456-8108), or by stopping into the Records Office.

Requests can also be made by faxing a request to 456-8108. The processing time is 2 to 4 days.

What GPA do you need to get into Rhode Island College?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into RIC. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rhode Island College was 3.08 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend.

The school ranks #8 in Rhode Island for the highest average GPA.