Best Associate Programs in Rhode Island

Many students consider an associate degree their first step toward a four-year degree. An associate degree can also help individuals advance in their career. An associate degree in Rhode Island is much more affordable than a four-year degree. Graduating takes two years or less, as well.

An associate degree in Rhode Island gives you a better chance of earning good money than just a high school diploma. Median annual wages in the state are $47,780, or $22.97 per hour, for the 457,720 workers in Rhode Island. Those earning the least in the state earn $28,300, and those earning the most make $103,350.

The ranking below helps you navigate Rhode Island’s best schools for associate degrees. It should help you determine which program is right for you.

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    #1

    Providence College

    Providence, RI

    Graduation Rate

    87%

    Enrollment

    4,618

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $52438

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $52438

    Providence College, located in Providence, Rhode Island, enrolls students in 110 programs. Students enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. The amount of aid students receive on average is not currently known. The school reports a 87% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #2

    Salve Regina University

    Newport, RI

    Graduation Rate

    78%

    Enrollment

    2,771

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $41450

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $41450

    Salve Regina University is a private institution located in Newport, Rhode Island. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 78%. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling. The school is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.

    #3

    New England Institute of Technology

    East Greenwich, RI

    Graduation Rate

    51%

    Enrollment

    2,516

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $30840

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $30840

    From its campus in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, New England Institute of Technology offers programs as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares learners for a career in their field. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the New England Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #4

    Roger Williams University

    Bristol, RI

    Graduation Rate

    67%

    Enrollment

    4,838

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $36978

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $36978

    From its campus in Bristol, Rhode Island, Roger Williams University grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares students for advancement in their field. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. A waiver makes it easier to apply. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the New England Commission on Higher Education.

    #5

    Johnson & Wales University-Providence

    Providence, RI

    Graduation Rate

    65%

    Enrollment

    6,695

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33404

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33404

    Johnson & Wales University-Providence, located in Providence, Rhode Island, enrolls students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school often fund their education with federal aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Johnson & Wales University-Providence holds accreditation from the New England Commission on Higher Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #6

    Community College of Rhode Island

    Warwick, RI

    Graduation Rate

    20%

    Enrollment

    14,775

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4700

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12544

    From its campus in Warwick, Rhode Island, Community College of Rhode Island enrolls students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. Community College of Rhode Island has been accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.