Community College of Rhode Island

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Community College of Rhode Island
CCRI Knight Campus (cropped and brighter).JPG
The front side of the Knight Campus in Warwick. The building designed in Brutalist style.
Type Public
Established 1964
President Meghan Hughes
Academic staff
Students 17,000
Location Warwick, Rhode Island, United States (Knight Campus), Lincoln (Flanagan Campus), Providence (Liston and Downcity Campuses), Newport (Newport County Campus), Westerly (Satellite Campus)
Campus Rural, Urban, Suburban
505 acres (2.04 km2)
Colors Green and Grey
Mascot CCRI Knight
Affiliations University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College under the Joint Admissions Agreement (JAA)

The Community College of Rhode Island, commonly abbreviated as "CCRI", is the only community college in Rhode Island and the largest community college in New England. The college's primary facility is located in Warwick, with additional college buildings throughout the state.


It was founded as Rhode Island Junior College, "RIJC", in 1964 with 325 students studying at the Henry Barnard School in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1965, a portion of the nearby former Brown & Sharpe manufacturing facility was converted into classroom space and served as the college's primary facility until 1972. The Knight campus in Warwick, RI built on the donated Knight Estate, opened in 1972 as the school's first permanent building and flagship campus. It was followed by three additional campus and 2 satellite locations.

The Margaret M. Jacoby Observatory, located on the Knight Campus grounds, was opened in 1978. The school was renamed the Community College of Rhode Island in June 1980.


The college's primary facility is located in Warwick, with additional college buildings throughout the state.

  • Knight Campus (Warwick, opened in 1972)
  • Flanagan Campus (Lincoln, opened in 1976)
  • Liston Campus (Providence, opened in 1990)
  • Newport County Campus (Newport, opened in 2006)
  • Downcity Campus-Shephard Building (Providence)
  • Satellite Campus-Westerly High School (Westerly)

Organization and administration[edit]

The college president is Meghan Hughes.

Academic profile[edit]

The college offers the following degrees:

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate in Science (A.S.)
  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
  • Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies (A.A.S.-T.S.)
  • Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

Several one-year certificates are also awarded.

Student life[edit]

The school's student newspaper is The Unfiltered Lens, which began publication in 2007. It replaced the Knightly News, which had been active in the 1980s, but had become defunct several years prior to the Lens' founding.


The college athletics teams are nicknamed the Knights.

Noted people[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Community College of Rhode Island alumni.


Staff and faculty[edit]

See also[edit]

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