Community College of Rhode Island

400 East Avenue, Warwick, RI, US, 02886
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Community College of Rhode Island

Community College of Rhode Island, the largest public, two-year, degree granting college in New England, offers educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.

The College provides a variety of career, technical and academic programs at four main campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport.  A secondary Providence Campus is located in the historic Shepard Building in the heart of downtown Providence and courses are also offered at a satellite facility in Westerly.

From its modest beginning with 325 students in 1964, to its present enrollment of more than 16,000 students, Community College of Rhode Island has grown to meet the goals of its founders. For nearly 40 years, the College's challenge has been to provide academic transfer programs, career oriented training and student support services of the highest caliber.

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.

The student body at the Community College of Rhode Island enjoys considerable diversity in ages, cultures and experiences. Sixty-two percent are women, 70 percent are part-time, 14 percent are from an ethnic minority group, and 60 percent are 25 years of age or older.

Mission of the College

The Community College of Rhode Island is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. They provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Their 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. They meet the wide-ranging educational needs of our diverse student population, building on their rich tradition of excellence in teaching and their dedication to all students with the ability and motivation to succeed. They set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, champion diversity, respond to community needs, and contribute to their state’s economic development and the region’s workforce.