Rhode Island College, the oldest of the three public institutions of
higher education that operates under the aegis of the Board of Governors
for Higher Education, is located on a 180-acre campus in the Mount
Pleasant section of the City of Providence.
When the College was founded in 1854 as the Rhode Island State Normal
School, its goal was to provide teacher preparation to young people from
Rhode Island. With the dedication of a new building in 1898 adjacent to
the State House, the College began a period of steady growth.
Evolving first into a teachers' college in 1920 as the Rhode Island
College of Education, the College offered a four-year program leading to a
bachelor of education degree. In the 1958-59 academic year, the College
moved to its current location and in 1959 was renamed Rhode Island College
to reflect its new purpose as a comprehensive institution for higher
Today, enrollment is close to 9,000 with some 360 full-time faculty
members. The College has grown tremendously since 1958, fostered mainly by
its academic offerings. Rhode Island College offers six baccalaureate
degree programs in over 50 areas of specialization and ten graduate degree
programs in some 60 areas of specialization. A Ph.D. in education is
offered jointly with the University of Rhode Island.
Please contact the Rhode Island College Admissions Office at (800)
669-5760 if you would like to receive additional information. Please visit
us at www.ric.edu/admissions
Not since 1933, when athletics were first introduced at Rhode Island
has the intercollegiate athletic, intramural and recreation program
achieved such unprecedented growth and success. Since 1995, a dedicated "team" of coaches
and staff, under the direction of Athletic Director Donald E. Tencher,
have been working tirelessly to ensure that RIC students have a sound
educational experience, both in the classroom and in athletics
Rhode Island College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic
a charter member of the Little East Conference. The College sponsors 21 varsity sports: men's and women's soccer, men's and
women's basketball, men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse, men's and women's indoor
track, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track, men's
and women's cross country, women's swimming, women's volleyball, women's gymnastics, men's
wrestling, men's baseball and women's softball.
upgrades to the College's athletic facilities and a comprehensive plan for
the future will ensure that RIC students have solid venues for their
athletic and recreational experiences well into the 21st century. The
recent enhancements include a new track and field facility, a new tennis
facility, the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Facility, the completely renovated
baseball complex, the Marocco Family Student-Athlete Academic Support
Center, the cardiovascular/weight center and the cornerstone of facility
renaissance - The Murray Center - a state-of-the-art, $10 million competitive building.
Recent development of a 5-acre multi-purpose outdoor practice
facility and continued upgrades of the Recreation Center and competitive
athletic venues look to keep the athletic program at the forefront.
support and life skills programming, competitive scheduling, quality
coaching and the recruitment of the region's best student-athletes will
continue to be the top goals of the intercollegiate athletic program at
Rhode Island College in the 21st century.