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Online Schools in
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Online Schools in & Rhode Island

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Rhode Island was the first American colony to officially renounce allegiance to England, and state founder Roger Williams settled in Providence after being kicked out of Puritan Massachusetts for being too liberal. The tradition of taking your future in your own hands runs deep in Rhode Island, and going back to school to earn your degree can be a significant step toward making a claim for your own independence.

Working toward your degree in a city where the infrastructure supports an existing student population can make your time in school all the more enjoyable. The top five cities in Rhode Island for total student population, according to data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), are Providence, Warwick, Kingston/South Kingstown, Bristol and Smithfield.

Students at online schools in Rhode Island tend to have more freedom of movement than their counterparts at campus-based universities, and choosing the right city in which to pursue your degree can go a long way toward keeping you on the path to success.

Online colleges in Rhode Island

The list of online colleges in Rhode Island may be small, but the catalog of degree options available in the virtual classroom extends further than meets the eye. More than a few nationally recognized online degree programs can be found at local schools, and the opportunity to reach out to schools based in other states gives online students a fairly wide variety of well-regarded degrees to choose from.

Students who can't find their preferred degree program offered online at a Rhode Island university may be able to split time between campus-based courses and those conducted in a digital format. Earning your degree in this hybrid fashion can help you adjust to the new approaches of online learning while still taking a portion of your education in a more familiar classroom environment.

Featured schools in Rhode Island

If you're interested, start exploring what online degrees might be offered near you by checking out this map, which shows the location of all colleges in Rhode Island based on 2013 data from the NCES. (Mobile users will need to visit the full Schools.com site to use the map.)

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Homegrown distance education: Top online schools in Rhode Island

According to the 2015 college and university rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, at least two of the online schools in Rhode Island offer digital bachelor's degree programs that merit serious consideration. New England Institute of Technology, or New England Tech, placed among the top 150 in the nation for online undergraduate education, and Providence-based Johnson & Wales University took a spot on the list as well.


Earning your degree in a hybrid fashion can help you adjust to the new approaches of online learning while still taking a portion of your education in a more familiar classroom environment.


If it's executive or managerial education you're after, online colleges in Rhode Island have also earned recognition for their graduate programs in business administration, management and other specialties in the field. Johnson & Wales University placed on the online MBA rankings, and Salve Regina University, a private Catholic institution in Newport, caught the attention of U.S. News with its various graduate business programs and earned a top-150 ranking for its online MBA.

National universities with online degrees for Rhode Island students

One of the major paradigm shifts that comes with the movement of online education into the mainstream is that students no longer have to move across the country to attend a top-quality program not offered in their home state. Indiana University - Bloomington, for example, home to several undergraduate and graduate business degree programs ranked among the national top 10, offers a fully online MBA that U.S. News considers one of the three best in the country.

Nursing is another field with considerable presence among online programs, and graduate degrees in the profession are necessary for a vast majority of administrative and advanced practice careers in the field. Nation-leading online graduate programs in nursing at such prestigious health care institutions as Johns Hopkins University and the Medical University of South Carolina may be accessible to qualified online students in Rhode Island or anywhere in the world.

Best degrees to get in Rhode Island

According to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT), overall employment in the state is expected to increase by about 10 percent between 2012 and 2022. Some professions, though, are projected to see job growth of as much as four times that, and students at traditional or online schools in Rhode Island may be able to take advantage of these concentrated surges in occupational demand.

Here are a few of the hottest degrees on the Rhode Island career market, determined using DLT employment projections and education and salary data pulled from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • As a relatively new discipline of the engineering field, biomedical engineering presents students and professionals alike with a world of new frontiers to explore. It's also the hottest job in Rhode Island over the next several years, according to DLT data, with nearly 50 percent occupational growth expected between 2012 and 2022. Entry-level careers in the field can be had with just a bachelor's degree, but positions of advanced responsibility or independent research may require graduate or post-graduate training.

A career as a biomedical engineer is the hottest job in Rhode Island over the next several years, with nearly 50 percent occupational growth expected between 2012 and 2022.


  • Animal lovers considering an education in veterinary technology may find a favorable market for their skills in Rhode Island, where employment in the field is expected to grow 29 percent by 2022. Either a two-year or four-year degree may be required, depending on the employer and the individual position, and the Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association offers professional certifications and continuing education courses for those looking to keep their skills on the cutting edge. State salaries in the field are higher than the national mean for the occupation, as well, with a yearly average of $34,208 in 2014.
  • Degrees in mathematics can be surprisingly flexible in the workforce, particularly when coupled with additional coursework in business, economics or statistics. Employment opportunities for actuaries, cost estimators and operations research analysts are all projected to increase 23 percent or greater in Rhode Island between 2012 and 2022, and graduates with well-rounded bachelor's degrees in math are among those typically most qualified to handle the number-crunching required in positions like these. Each field may have its own preferred set of secondary skills, so be sure to consult with career counselors or academic advisers about the right steps to take to prepare for a particular mathematical career path.
  • Large databases and complex proprietary computer networks are becoming more and more common in organizations of all sizes, and professionals with degrees in computer science or information systems can help enterprise personnel determine the precise IT needs of their company and how to satisfy them. DLT projections indicate that jobs for computer systems analysts should increase 23 percent by 2022, creating around 400 new positions for Rhode Island techies. Those who prefer to use their IT skills more for development than analysis can work toward careers in applications software development, which are projected to grow 26 percent statewide in the same period.

Employment statistics show great demand for nursing instructors and teachers at the collegiate level throughout the foreseeable future.


  • Jobs for nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners are all projected to grow faster than the statewide occupational average, and a graduate degree in nursing can prepare you to help educate future generations of nursing professionals. Employment statistics show great demand for nursing instructors and teachers at the collegiate level throughout the foreseeable future — a statewide increase of 28 percent is expected by 2022 — and a master's degree is the minimum education necessary for postsecondary educators. Nursing instructors in Rhode Island earned a mean annual salary of $82,150 in 2014, according to the BLS.

While no degree can guarantee you a job after graduation, going into your education well-informed about the needs of the workforce can help you make a more confident decision about where you want to concentrate your energies while in school.

Colleges in Rhode Island

A few of the campus-based and online colleges in Rhode Island stand out from the regional or national ranks for their reputation for excellence in certain disciplines. Here's some information about the top colleges in Rhode Island and some notable degree programs available from each:

Institution Name
Online Degrees?
Top Programs
Brown University

Mathematics, applied math, English, economics, undergraduate teacher education, political science, chemistry, medical research, primary care medicine, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, psychology

University of Rhode Island

Pharmacy, physical therapy, earth sciences, clinical psychology, physics, chemistry, nursing, engineering, biological sciences, speech-language pathology

Rhode Island School of Design

Ceramics, graphic design, industrial design, printmaking, photography, illustration, studio art, multimedia art, sculpture, visual communications

Roger Williams University

Law, public affairs, business, engineering, healthcare administration (online), public administration (online), social science (online), emergency medical services

Salve Regina University

Rehabilitation counseling, MBA (online), graduate business (online), graduate criminal justice (online), health care administration, management

Johnson & Wales University

Teacher education, MBA (online), supply chain management (online), finance, human resource management, food service management (online)

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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21st Century eSchool
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7106 South Avenue
City
Middleton
State
WI
Zip Code
53562
Website
http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
21st Century Virtual Academy
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1829 Denver West Drive #27
City
Golden
State
CO
Zip Code
80401
Website
http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Academy Online High School
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
City
Colorado Springs
State
CO
Zip Code
80920
Website
http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
ACCESS Distance Learning
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36130
Website
http://accessdl.state.al.us/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Alabama A & M University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4900 Meridian Street
City
Normal
State
AL
Zip Code
35762
Website
www.aamu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
383-470
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-480
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
370-457
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,505
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
15%
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
City
Birmingham
State
AL
Zip Code
35294
Website
www.uab.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
520-668
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,511
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,766
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
67%
Amridge University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1200 Taylor Rd
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36117
Website
www.amridgeuniversity.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
308
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
0
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,860
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
100%
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
301 Sparkman Dr
City
Huntsville
State
AL
Zip Code
35899
Website
www.uah.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,013
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,128
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Alabama State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
915 S Jackson Street
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36104
Website
www.alasu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-460
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,764
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admissions Rate
46%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,720
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
University of Alabama System Office
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
500 University Blvd. East
City
Tuscaloosa
State
AL
Zip Code
35401
Website
www.uasystem.ua.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
-1
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
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