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Rhode Island may by tiny, but Providence’s nightlife scene is a bustling hub for students from surrounding universities. Outside of Providence, the University of Rhode Island, the largest school in the state, is buzzing with student energy both day and night. The shining star of the state’s education system is Brown University, a prestigious ivy league school known for its “open curriculum” program which eliminates the general credit courses required by most colleges.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Rhode Island

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 81%

Net cost: $39,234

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $91,105

Vs. state average: + $42,080

Economic score: 1.31

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#2 in Rhode Island

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 8%

Grad rate: 96%

Net cost: $29,392

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $78,943

Vs. state average: + $29,918

Economic score: 1.43

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#3 in Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $20,607

Payback: 2.2 Years

Earnings: $66,484

Vs. state average: + $17,459

Economic score: 1.63

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#4 in Rhode Island

Rhode Island College

Providence, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $10,922

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $49,249

Vs. state average: + $224

Economic score: 2.37

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#5 in Rhode Island

Roger Williams University

Bristol, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 87%

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $36,456

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $64,743

Vs. state average: + $15,718

Economic score: 2.94

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#6 in Rhode Island

Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $34,644

Payback: 4.2 Years

Earnings: $68,304

Vs. state average: + $19,279

Economic score: 2.99

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#7 in Rhode Island

Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 54%

Grad rate: 85%

Net cost: $38,296

Payback: 4.5 Years

Earnings: $69,532

Vs. state average: + $20,507

Economic score: 3.16

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#8 in Rhode Island

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 28%

Grad rate: 90%

Net cost: $43,982

Payback: 5.9 Years

Earnings: $58,131

Vs. state average: + $9,106

Economic score: 4.96

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#9 in Rhode Island

Johnson & Wales University-Online

Providence, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 37%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $18,499

Payback: 5.9 Years

Earnings: $41,977

Vs. state average: - $7,048

Economic score: 6.85

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#10 in Rhode Island

Johnson & Wales University-Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Admission rate: 87%

Grad rate: 66%

Net cost: $26,775

Payback: 7.0 Years

Earnings: $41,977

Vs. state average: - $7,048

Economic score: 8.14

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Roger Williams University School of Law

Bristol, Rhode Island

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: $64,743

Vs. state average: + $15,718

Economic score: N/A

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