Why Choose CCRI?

Why Choose CCRI

The Community College of Rhode Island is the educational backbone of the Ocean State and the smart choice for higher education in the region.

The largest community college in New England, CCRI has more than 15,500 students enrolled across four campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport, as well as satellite locations in Westerly and Providence. We offer the lowest tuition of any college in the state, and we’re dedicated to providing open access to Rhode Islanders who want the knowledge, skills, and training necessary to enter high-quality careers or transfer to four-year institutions.

CCRI students are from Rhode Island, are educated and trained here, and find careers here. Ninety percent of graduates from the Class of 2015 are either employed, continuing their education or a combination of both. Almost 84 percent of those graduates said they are working or studying in Rhode Island.

Simply put, CCRI has an immediate and positive impact on your life, your community and Rhode Island's economy.

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As part of our mission to provide affordable open access to higher education, CCRI has the lowest college tuition in the Ocean State. We also offer financial aid to students who otherwise might be unable to further their education.


CCRI sets high academic standards necessary for our students to graduate and either transfer to four-year colleges or begin successful careers in high-demand fields. For more information about where CCRI graduates go after they graduate, read our 2015 Career and Placement and Graduate Transfer Report.


Rhode Islanders are the pillar of CCRI’s diverse student body. Of the more than 15,500 students enrolled at CCRI in fall 2016, almost 96 percent were Rhode Island residents. Whether you live in Westerly or Woonsocket, you are only a short distance from one of CCRI's four main campuses or two satellite locations.


CCRI's high-quality education fits your busy schedule. Credit and noncredit courses are offered day or night, meaning students can find and schedule classes that work for them. We also offer a wide variety of academic support services to assist students.

*The Community College of Rhode Island is a state-supported public institution; therefore, tuition and fees are subject to increase.

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Last Updated: 6/15/17