Rhode Island College is the first public institution of higher education in the state of Rhode Island.
- Our original location opened as the “Rhode Island Normal School” in 1854, with the goal to provide teacher preparation to young Rhode Islanders.
- The first class consisted of 27 students, including three men. Students ranged in age from 15 to 25 years old.
- By 1898, our school evolved into a teachers' college, the “Rhode Island College of Education.”
- In the 1958-59 academic year, we moved to our current Mount Pleasant campus.
- In 1959, our name changed to “Rhode Island College” to reflect our new purpose of providing comprehensive higher education.
- Over the years, we have proudly served as a "College of Opportunity" for first-generation college students.
- Today, we are located on a 180-acre park-like campus and serve approx. 7,000 students annually.