2017 Best Colleges in Rhode Island

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    Brown University

    • Providence, RI
    • 916 reviews
    College Sophomore:I just transferred into Brown and I honestly have to say that it's one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Brown is a wonderful place to be and being here made me realize how great the college experience can be. Everyone at Brown is incredibly intelligent yet down-to-earth and there's always something to do on campus (e.g. Jane Goodall just gave a lecture last week). The food here is great and the campus is stunning as well. All in all, Brown really takes care of their undergraduates and is an amazing place to be.
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    Rhode Island School of Design

    • Providence, RI
    • 298 reviews
    College Sophomore:Honestly, the experience completely depends on how you decide to see your experience. Yes, the work load is massive and you will be sleep-deprived, but I promise it will all be worth it. If it's not, you're not at the right school for you. The foundation year is very necessary to expand your definition of art and creativity of your concepts. Parties are alright depending on which ones you find yourself in. I would without-a-doubt choose RISD if I could do it all over again.
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    Providence College

    • Providence, RI
    • 732 reviews
    College Senior:Providence College, located in Providence, Rhode Island is a relatively small campus with around 5,000 undergrad. What makes it special going to a school this size, is that you will always see a familiar face when you are walking on campus. Providence has so much to offer and has so many clubs and activities for students to get involved with! PC is also located only a few minutes from downtown Providence and Federal Hill, which are main attractions for this small state! Nightlife at PC is also fun, and there are plenty of bars to head too in the city and there is even a bar on campus!
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    Bryant University

    • Smithfield, RI
    • 976 reviews
    College Sophomore:My school (Bryant University) is unique in the way they prepare students for the world outside of college. There career center, inovative learning activities and unique teaching style through specifically designed classes really prepares students for the competitive world after college. This is one of the main reasons why I chose this school and I have really relized this now after my first year, that by the end of my years here at Bryant, I will be a highly marketable student in this competitive world. For that, I would not choose another school if I had the option to.
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    Roger Williams University

    • Bristol, RI
    • 818 reviews
    College Sophomore:My college experience thus far isn't an easy one to judge, since I am only going into my sophomore year. So far, I have concluded that my high school did not do a good job of preparing me for the full college experience; from classes to workload, I found myself stuck and at loss quite often during my first semester. I mainly chose my school due to the comfort factor: I mean, who wouldn't love a school right on the water? Growing up a water baby here on Long Island, I found that Roger Williams was he perfect school for me.
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    University of Rhode Island

    • Kingston, RI
    • 2,109 reviews
    College Sophomore:I transferred to URI after spending a semester at Pennsylvania State University where I was miserable. I was so scared the first few days of classes and nervous to meet new people especially coming in as a transfer. However within the first week, I could already tell I would be happier here. Because URI is a smaller school compared to Penn State, the class sizes were much more manageable for me and I didn't feel so overwhelmed by the campus. I made friends the first day who I still consider good friends almost three months later. I feel I finally have a place where I belong at URI and because of that I feel like I can be more successful in my academic pursuit.
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    Salve Regina University

    • Newport, RI
    • 647 reviews
    College Sophomore:It's a small, beautiful campus that is easy to form strong relationships at. Professors work hard to make themselves available for any need that the student has. They work completely around what's best for the student.
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    Johnson & Wales University

    • Providence, RI
    • 2,580 reviews
    College Junior:I love the campus life here at Johnson and Wales. I also really enjoy my Culinary Arts Labs that i attend to every day. I am having fun learning what I love to do the most which is cook.
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    Rhode Island College

    • Providence, RI
    • 867 reviews
    College Junior:I have met many new people while at Rhode Island College. In my first year I met someone in one of my classes and she has helped me through out my college career so far. We are not in the same major but we have taken similar classes and she has helped me through choosing classes based on professors ratings. Rhode Island College is an okay college, it always has activities that you could involve yourself in either on campus or off. I would choose this school again because not many schools have my major plus the staff is friendly and most are willing to help any student.
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