Providence, RI Colleges

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Providence is the capital and most populous city in Rhode Island and was one of the first cities established in the United States. Located in Providence County, it is the third largest city in the New England region. The city proper population of 178,042 anchors the 37th largest metropolitan population in the country, with an estimated MSA population of 1,600,856, exceeding that of Rhode Island by about 60% because of its reaching into southern Massachusetts. This MSA in turn is part of the larger Greater Boston commuting area, which contains 7.6 million people. Situated at the mouth of the Providence River, at the head of Narragansett Bay, the city's small footprint is crisscrossed by seemingly erratic streets and contains a rapidly changing demographic.

Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. After being one of the first cities in the country to industrialize, Providence became noted for its jewelry and silverware industry. Today, the City of Providence is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning, which has shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains significant manufacturing activity.

Once nicknamed the "Beehive of Industry," Providence began rebranding itself as the "Creative Capital" in 2009 to emphasize its educational resources and arts community. Its previous moniker was "the Renaissance City", although its 2009 poverty rate was still over 22%.

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Schools in and around Providence, RI

Name
Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $23,955 average out-state tuition; $23,955 average in-state tuition
Johnson & Wales University-Online
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $18,774 average out-state tuition; $18,774 average in-state tuition
Rhode Island School of Design
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $39,482 average out-state tuition; $39,482 average in-state tuition
Brown University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $41,328 average out-state tuition; $41,328 average in-state tuition
Empire Beauty School-Providence
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private for profit
Providence College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $40,150 average out-state tuition; $40,150 average in-state tuition
Sanford-Brown Institute-Cranston
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit

Providence, RI Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
A.L. Brown Scholarship Up to $7,000 January 31, 2017
Dr. James L. Lawson Memorial Scholarship $500 January 31, 2017
Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship Varies January 31, 2017
TSI Inc./Arthur J. Abrams Scholarship Varies February 17, 2017
MassGrant Varies May 01, 2017