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The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) is a public community college in Rhode Island. It is the only community college in the state and the largest community college in New England. The college's primary facility is located in Warwick, with additional college buildings throughout the state.

Community College of Rhode Island
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The front side of the Knight Campus in Warwick, designed in Brutalist style.
PresidentMeghan Hughes
Academic staff
Warwick (Knight Campus), Lincoln (Flanagan Campus), Providence (Liston and Downcity Campuses), Newport (Newport County Campus), Westerly (Satellite Campus)
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CampusRural, Urban, Suburban
505 acres (2.04 km2)
ColorsGreen and Grey
AffiliationsUniversity of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College under the Joint Admissions Agreement (JAA)
MascotCCRI Knight
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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 Education Center (Westerly)


Knight campus by Perkins + Will

The college's flagship Knight building in Warwick was designed by the New York architecture firm of Perkins and Will, in conjunction with local firms Harkness and Geddes and Robinson Green Beretta.[1] The campus was designed to house all academic, social, and recreational functions in a single building.[1] The building itself is an enormous concrete structure which terminates in a semicircle, and ranges in height from four to six stories.[1] It is a notable example of Brutalist architecture, and was heavily influenced by the philosophy of Le Corbusier.[1] It was hailed by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission as "one of the most striking and innovative contemporary structures in the state" when it opened in 1972.[1]

Organization and administrationEdit

The college president is Meghan Hughes.

Academic profileEdit

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 lifeEdit

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 peopleEdit


Staff and facultyEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "CCRI moves to the Knight Estate in Warwick". Warwick Digital History Project. Town of Warwick. Retrieved 10 July 2018.

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