Accredited Online Colleges in Rhode Island

Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Rhode Island.

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Accreditation Agencies

The agencies below accredit schools based in Rhode Island. Keep in mind, however, that this list does not include program-specific accreditation, only institutional accreditation. For more information on the former, you can refer to our subject pages.

Higher Education Links

For more information on higher education in Rhode Island, there’s the state’s board of governors, which oversees the public school institutions. You can also refer to organizations that work to increase educational success in the state and assist with planning and paying for college.

Notable Schools

Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.


Rhode Island’s three public institutions of higher education are operated under the aegis of the state’s Board of Education. They can be found throughout the state, from rural Kingston to the largest cities in Rhode Island.

University of Rhode Island


The University of Rhode Island was founded in 1892 as an agricultural school. Today, it offers more than 80 undergraduate majors, as well as master’s degrees, in a variety of subjects. U.S News & World Report ranks the school among the best in the north.

Rhode Island College


Founded in 1854, Rhode Island College was the first public institution of higher education in the state. Today it serves 9,000 students on and off campus and is ranked by U.S News & World Report among the top schools in the north.

Community College of Rhode Island


The Community College of Rhode Island is the state’s only community college, and the largest community college in New England. It has campuses located throughout the state, but primarily in Warwick.


Some of the state’s top private schools can be found right in its capital and most populous city, Providence. These include an Ivy League institution, a renowned liberal arts college, and a career-oriented school.

Brown University


Founded in 1764, Brown University is one of the country’s eight Ivy League institutions (and the first among them to accept students of all religious affiliations). Befitting such a prestigious distinction, it is ranked by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes as one of the top 15 schools in the country. In 2010, Princeton Review also ranked it the No. 1 college in America for “happiest students.”

Providence College


Providence College was founded in 1917 by the Diocese of Providence and the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph. Its Catholic and Dominican identity can be seen to this day, with friars in their habits a daily sight and the chapel located in the center of campus. U.S. News & World Report ranks the liberal arts college among the best in its area.

Johnson & Wales


The Providence campus is one of four Johnson & Wale locations. The career-orientated school is currently celebrating its centennial and today offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate, online, continuing education and accelerated programs in the arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, hospitality, technology, and education. The Rhode Island school is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best universities in the north.