Mission, Vision & Core Values

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As a leading regional public college, Rhode Island College personalizes higher education of the finest quality for undergraduate and graduate students. We offer vibrant programs in arts and sciences, business and professional disciplines within a supportive, respectful and diverse community. Dedicated faculty engage students in learning, research, and career attainment, and our innovative curricula and co-curricula foster intellectual curiosity and prepare an educated citizenry for responsible leadership.


Rhode Island College will be recognized as an outstanding institution of higher education that is valued for high-impact programs and educational practices that prepare Rhode Island's diverse population; for meaningful learning experiences that foster student retention and completion and support professional development; and for its partnerships that strengthen undergraduate, graduate and co-curricular programs. The college will be known for the expertise and leadership of its faculty, students and alumni; for its adaptability to the changing social and economic environment; and for its collective impact on Rhode Island's economy and culture. (Approved on April 11, 2014 by the RIC Council and by the Board of Education on May 12, 2014.)

Core Values

Excellence and Innovation

RIC will continue to foster a high-quality educational environment with rigorous academic programs, talented faculty, and a strong support system for academic success. This is complemented by our proven talent, foresight and reputation for responding to emerging issues.

Access and Opportunity

Education experience to prepare students from all walks of life. We are committed to providing the supports necessary to assure that students have the knowledge and skills to succeed in, and contribute to, our global society.

The RIC Advantage

At Rhode Island College, we believe that a quality education should be accessible to all and should not cost a fortune. A degree from Rhode Island College propels you forward and doesn’t hold you back.

TOP 10
Rhode Island College is one of the top 10 Best Regional Public Universities in New England (U.S. News and World Report, 2021)
Top Public Regional Universities in New England for Social Mobility (US News and World Report-2021)
Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges in New England (Money Magazine 2021)