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Providence, A Most Ideal College City

Providence, A Most Ideal College City
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Is your fantasy to attend college in an up and coming urban environment that focuses on the arts, has great restaurants and places to stay, oozes with activities, has an important place in American history and is close to the beach?  Does a place like this exist? You bet it does – we are talking about Providence, Rhode Island.


Early History

Providence is 140 years older than our nation. It was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams who was a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

He named the area in honor of “God’s merciful Providence”. He believed that God expected him and his followers to build a community.

Providence Rhode Island photo
Photo by Dougtone

Providence was one of the first cities in our country to be driven by industry and eventually became known as the “Beehive of Industry.” In 2009 Providence changed its focus from industry to its educational communities and its ever-growing arts community.

It has rebranded itself to be the “Creative Capital.” Providence is the third largest city in New England. Only Worcester and Boston are larger.

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Jamie Stewart America Unraveled's resident expert on all things higher ed!

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