Rhode Island College is a state-supported, coeducational comprehensive college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1854 as the Rhode Island State Normal School, the college is the oldest of three public institutions of higher education operating under the auspices of the Board of Governors for Higher Education. The two others are the University of Rhode Island and the Communitiy College of Rhode Island.

Students of Rhode Island College can choose from over 90 undergraduate and 30 graduate academic programs. These include programs in management, education, nursing, and social work as well as the performing and fine arts.

Academically, the college is divided into five schools; namely, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Social Work, the School of Management, and the School of Nursing. The college also maintains the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.
Cost of tuition and fees for academic year 2009-2010 for fulltime undergraduate students is US$3,493 for in-state residents and US$8,439 for out-of-state residents. Part-time undergraduate students are charged tuition and fees per credit hour at a rate of US$278 for in-state residents and US$632 for out-of-state. An additional US$72 registration fee is also charged per semester. For the graduate students’ degree program, cost of tuition and fees for in-state residents is US$362 and US$690 for out-of-state residents. Non-degree graduate students pay tuition and fees per credit hour of US$360 for in-state and US$688 for out-of state. Students of the Continuing Education Non-degree undergraduate program pay tuition and fee cost of US$276 per credit hour for in-state residents and US$630 for out-of-state residents.