Community College of Rhode Island - Wikipedia

Community College of Rhode Island
Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus.jpg
The front side of the Knight Campus in Warwick, designed in Brutalist style.
TypePublic community college
Established1964; 59 years ago (1964)
Academic affiliations
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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ColorsGreen and Grey
MascotCCRI Knight
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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.


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.


Liston campus, in South Providence.

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] The design is a notable example of Brutalist architecture, and was heavily influenced by the philosophy of Le Corbusier.[1] The building 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]

Over time, the Brutalist style generally lost its appeal and became seen as "drab," "hulking," and "bureaucratic," associated with large-scale mass-planning.[2] In 2019, the Knight campus building made local news after being named "eighth ugliest college campus in the United States" by a lifestyle blog.[3]

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]


See also[edit]


  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.
  2. ^ Hill, John (9 January 2016). "Brutal Beauty: Post-war architects broke with pre-war past". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  3. ^ "CCRI-Warwick Named 8th Ugliest College Campus in America". 18 September 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2020.

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Coordinates: 41°52′05″N 71°23′13″W / 41.868087°N 71.386899°W / 41.868087; -71.386899