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Rhode Island College: Narrative Description


600 Mount Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI 02908-1991
Tel: (401)456-8000
Free: 800-669-5760
Admissions: (401)456-8234
Fax: (401)456-8379
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1854. Setting: 180-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $11.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $7.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5076 per student. Total enrollment: 8,881. Faculty: (306 full-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 2,838 applied, 72% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 31% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 5,045 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 2,242 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 12% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 24% 25 or older, 12% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; liberal arts/general studies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Community College of Rhode Island, Providence College, University of Rhode Island. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $3888 full-time, $168 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,200 full-time, $466 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $788 full-time, $21 per credit part-time, $60 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $7010. College room only: $3740. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, newspaper, campus radio station (WXIN), OASPA (Organization of African Students and Professionals in the Americas), Asian Student Association. Major annual events: Midnight Madness, Spring RIC End, Spring Cotillion. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 840 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Adams Library with 639,489 books, 1.4 million microform titles, 1,192 serials, 3,982 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.8 million. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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