Returning to College

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Recent census figures estimate that there are as many as 150,000 Rhode Islanders who have some postsecondary education but have not completed their degree. Enabling adult learners to complete their degrees is key to reaching Governor Raimondo's ambitious attainment goal of 70% attainment by 2025. 

The Graduate! RI initiative brings together partners in the community, government, higher education, business and industry to align existing resources, remove barriers, and create new pathways for adults to finish their degrees. The Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner is pleased to partner in this work, along with the College Crusade, RI Adult Education Professional Development Center, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, College Unbound, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island. 

For more information about Graduate! Rhode Island visit or email


In April and May 2017, Graduate! RI will host several "Return to Learning Fairs" around the state. We'll post details as soon as they are available.


There are also resources available for returning learners on each campus:



Center for Educational Opportunity @ CCRI

Liston Campus, Rm 2254, 1 Hilton St, Providence, RI 02905



Finish Strong @ RIC

600 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908



Finish-What-You-Started @ URI

Roosevelt Hall, 90 Lower College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903-1803