Rhode Island has more college choices than one might imagine and most of them are quite excellent and the state has much to offer the college student, including pretty coastal towns and close proximity to several large New England cities.
Rhode Island has its very own Ivy League School - Brown University. Enrollment at Brown is highly selective and courses of study are quite rigorous for the 7,500 students that attend the school, located in Providence. Brown is lauded for its programs in brain science, cognitive and linguistic sciences, the social sciences, computational molecular biology, and genomics. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate studies as well as a School of Medicine.
The flagship campus of Rhode Island's other public institution of higher learning, University of Rhode Island, is located in Kingston, in the southern portion of the state. The school actually attracts quite a few residents of surrounding states and has a substantial foreign population. The university enrolls about 14,000 students and offers 101 bachelor's degrees, 53 master's, and 33 doctoral degrees. The Graduate School of Oceanography located at URI's Narragansett Bay campus is held in high regard. Other campuses are located in Providence and West Greenwich.
If you have a love for the culinary arts, Rhode Island is home to one of the best cooking schools in the country - Johnson and Wales University. The university also offers degrees in business, hospitality, and technology. Students attend three 11-week semesters with 4-day school weeks so that they may pursue outside work in their career areas.