Our Story: Why we are University College

The name University College points to the future. It is a reflection of the growing range of programs offered at RWU's Providence campus – beyond those aimed at adult learners. It signals that we are not just about degree completion but about providing entry points to students and families from all walks of life.

Our overarching goal is to meet students where they are – at whatever age, whatever the demands and challenges of their careers and family lives.

The name draws on RWU’s history, echoing a named used by the Providence campus between 1994 and 2004. It also draws on the rich history of institutions throughout the world that use the name University College for portions of larger universities providing post-secondary education.

University College ensures that the public purposes of education are realized and that all learners and communities are supported with pathways, programs, supports, and services that meet their educational needs.  

University College, UC for short, is designed to allow adult learners to have the contextualized programs that honor their personal and professional experiences – while at the same time providing first-time students opportunities to explore courses that are culturally relevant and engaging.

It's designed for teenagers looking to get ahead or young adults looking to catch up. All of our first-time college students jump right into being a difference maker in their communities.

UC is designed for people looking to gain workforce skills and onboard to a career; for men and women who have experienced barriers to pursuing their purpose. For industry and community-based organizations who are looking to build the skills, knowledge, and competencies for their workforce and changing demands of their fields. 

UC is not just geared toward one type of student. Our eye is toward the whole community.

We remove barriers to ensure no student or family is blocked from an education for reasons of preparation, affordability, or time constraints.

We provide opportunities so that students on their first, second, third, or fourth chance can reach their potential.

We are a thought partner and leader, working to solve problems, innovate, disrupt, and build new systems that create a positive and measurable impact for families, communities, and the State.

The programs we offer, our systems of support, our academic models, and our internal and external partners are all carefully chosen to fit the collective good.

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Students at UC

First Time Students

For first-time college students looking to start exploring higher education - whether you're still in high school, recently graduated high school, have been out a few years, or left without a degree - this is your starting point.

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Continuing Studies

School of Professional and Continuing Studies

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers hyper-flexible programs focused on degree completers, career changers and adult students looking to start or continue their education.

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Center for Workforce and Professional Development

The Center for Workforce & Professional Development focuses on providing students with the professional and skills training needed to meet the demands of today's job market. The center works with partners across industries such as cybersecurity, emergency response, production, marketing, education, and more.

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Partners at UC

Research/Policy/Practice Institutes 

Through our strategic partners, we interface with the public and its leaders to identify and implement programs that benefit the university and the larger community. 

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Our Support Services

UC is not just about helping students get their degrees but also about building their skills and providing support and fun along the way.

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