12 SCHOOLS in RHODE ISLAND
“The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” is the longest name for the smallest state in the union, but Rhode Island has always done things its own way. This fiercely independent state began with religious dissent, when Reformed Baptist founder Roger Williams was expelled from the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony and established a new settlement he called Providence. Soon, Rhode Island became the destination for religious outcasts, beginning a tradition of tolerance and freedom that shaped the state’s character. It was the first state to officially join the American Revolution and renounce its allegiance to Britain, and Rhode Island was also the last state to ratify the Constitution – demanding that a formal Bill of Rights be added before accepting the new federal government. And Rhode Island was the first state to send troops to join the Union army and preserve the United States during the Civil War, a sign that Rhode Island’s love of liberty is only matched by its loyalty.
From the colonial days, the Ocean State’s foundation was fishing, making the most of its coastline, which takes up a large proportion of its area. As a result, Rhode Island was instrumental in trade and shipbuilding, which made the state a prime location when the Industrial Revolution reached America – they had the business infrastructure, and the engineering foundation, to take up manufacturing and distribution right away. Rhode Island was a dominant figure in manufacturing during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially in textiles. Today, most of those factories are empty, but they have made way for Rhode Island’s modern healthcare, business, and service economy. Tourism is also one of Rhode Island’s main industries, as attested by Johnson & Wales University, the nation’s foremost hospitality and culinary school, which was founded in Providence.
Johnson & Wales is just one of Rhode Island’s many excellent higher education choices. Though it has one of the smallest (but densest) populations in the US, Rhode Island has a full selection of institutions: Ivy League (Brown University), Catholic liberal arts colleges (Providence College and Salve Regina University), and top-tier public institutions, including a major land-grant research university (the University of Rhode Island) and regional colleges (Rhode Island College). Rhode Island has everything for every kind of student, from traditional-aged high school graduates to working adults and professionals, with institutions focused on everything from medicine to business to the arts.