Best Value Online Schools in Rhode Island

Updated December 5, 2022

Affordability is pivotal in the search for higher education. These are our rankings for the best value online schools in rhode island. is an advertising-supported site. Featured or trusted partner programs and all school search, finder, or match results are for schools that compensate us. This compensation does not influence our school rankings, resource guides, or other editorially-independent information published on this site.

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Welcome to our best value ranking of online colleges in Rhode Island. Also see our ranking of best overall colleges: Top Colleges for a Cheap Online Degree.

Most people know Rhode Island to be the smallest state in the U.S. Considering it is also one of the most densely populated, that doesn't leave much room for colleges! Fortunately, Rhode Island residents who wish to study online aren't completely out of luck. Of the few online-accessible schools in this state, we're bringing you the 2 "best value." Note that for rankings with 3 schools or fewer, we made the decision not to include individual scores due to a lack of data. However, the order of the ranking still stands as an indication of relative value.


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Most Affordable Colleges in Rhode Island

  1. Johnson & Wales University

    Providence, RI



    As a traditional college, Johnson and Wales University has been in business for over 100 years. But as an online college, it has a much younger history. And yet, in just a short time JWU has managed to leverage a century of experience to create what is undoubtedly the best online college in Rhode Island. In fact, the university has created an entirely separate campus for distance learners, complete with a list of degree programs that are exclusively, unconditionally, 100% online. More specifically, JWU features a mix of bachelor's degrees - nearly 20 in all - that encompass both vocational and academic topics. Examples include Culinary Arts and Hotel & Lodging Management as well as International Business and Communication Studies.

  2. University of Rhode Island

    Kingston, RI



    As one might expect from the country's smallest state, there isn't exactly an overabundance of options for college students in Rhode Island. Not only that, but many of the state's universities are surprisingly expensive. However, there are some diamonds in the rough worthy of this Rhode Island best online colleges ranking, and the University of Rhode Island is one of them. That being said, URI's distance learning program isn't for everyone. That's because the school hosts a single online undergraduate degree: the RN-to-BSN in Nursing. But if you're interested in taking just a few distance ed classes, then your options expand dramatically. In fact, URI offers so many individual online courses that over 40% of undergrads enroll in at least one each semester!

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