The 3 Oldest Schools in Rhode Island Are Ancient

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The 3 Oldest Schools in Rhode Island Are Ancient

Rhode Island located in New England is known as the smallest state being approximately 48 miles long and 37 miles wide. It is one of the original 13 colonies in the United States that also shares a state water border with New York. Despite the small size Rhode Island has a population of ruffly 1.1 million. Rhodes Island is popular for its unique drinks and cuisines. Coffee milk is a popular drink everyone should try, made with coffee syrup and cold milk this delicious drink is similar to chocolate milk. Furthermore, the 3 oldest schools in Rhode Island are ancient, in this article, we are going to explore the oldest schools and their rich historical significance.

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Brown University

Providence RI 02912 brown.edu

Originally known as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh oldest private Ivy League research university of higher education in the Rhode Island United States. It was the first school in the US to accept all students regardless of their religion and would be treated as equals. Their main campus is in College Hill and the university is surrounded by ancient architectural buildings, with their premises taking up many streets.  Their oldest building is University Hall built in 1770 and is a National Historic Landmark.

Browns promote cultural respect from all student backgrounds ensuring that they learn, grow, and thrive together to their most significant potential.

What Does Brown Offer?

Brown brings students together in unexpected ways and has a wide variety of academics to choose from with more than 40 different academic departments Browns offers the following:

  • Africana Studies: 155 Angell Street
  • American Studies: 71 George Street
  • Anthropology: Giddings House 121 Hope Street
  • Division of Applied Mathematics: 182 George Steet
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences: Part of the School of Public Health
  • Program in Biology: 91 Waterman Street
  • Biostatistics: 121 South Main Steet 7th floor
  • Chemistry: 324 Brook Street
  • Classics: 48 College Street
  • Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences: Metcalf Research Building, 190 Thayer Street
  • Comparative Literature: Marston Hall, Manning Walk Brook Street
  • Computer Science: Marston Hall, Manning Walk Brook Street
  • Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences: 324 Brook Street
  • East Asian Studies: 54 College Street
  • Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology: 80 Waterman Street
  • Economics: Robinson Hall, Waterman Street
  • Education: Barus Building, 164 Angell Street, 2nd Floor
  • Egyptology and Assyriology: 2 Prospect Street
  • English: 70 Brown Street
  • Epidemiology: 121 South Main Street
  • French and Francophone Studies: 84 Prospect Stree
  • German Studies
  • Health Services, Policy & Practice: 121 South Main Street
  • Hispanic Studies: 84 Prospect Street
  • History of Art and Culture: 64 College Street
  • History: 79 Brown Street
  • Italian Studies: 190 Hope Street
  • Program in Judaic Studies: 163 George Street, Hirschfeld House
  • Literary Arts: 68.5 Brown Street
  • Mathematics: 151 Thayer Street
  • Modern Culture and Media: 155 George Street
  • Molecular Biology, Cell  Biology, and Biochemistry: Sidney Frank Hall of Life Science, 185 Meeting Street
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology: 171 Meeting Street
  • Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology: Biomedical Center 161 Meeting Street
  • Music: Orwig Music Building, Young Orchard Avenue
  • Neuroscience: 185 Meeting Street
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine: Laboratories for Molecular Medicine, 70 Ship Street
  • Philosophy: 45 Prospect Street
  • Physics: 132 Hope Street
  • Political Science: 3rd floor, 111 Thayer Street
  • Portuguese & Brazilian Studies: 159 George Street
  • Religious Studies: 59 George Street, The Shirley Miller House
  • Program in Science, Technology, and Society: 67 George Street
  • Slavic Languages: 20 Manning Walk
  • Sociology: Maxcy Hall, 108 George Street
  • Theatre Arts and Performance Studies: 83 Waterman Street
  • Visual Art: List Art Building, 64 College Street

Student Organizations

Browns offer first-year students to become familiar with a range of different student organizations such as:

  • The Brown Daily Herald
  • Brown Debating Union
  • The Brown Derbies
  • Brown International Organization
  • Brown Journal of World Affairs
  • The Brown Jug
  • The Brown Noser
  • Brown Political Review
  • The Brown Spectator
  • BSR
  • Brown University Band
  • Brown University Orchestra
  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association
  • The College Hill Independent
  • Critical Review
  • Ivy Film Festival
  • Jabberwocks
  • Production Workshop
  • Strait Talk
  • Starla and Sons
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • WBRU

Notable Alumni

  • Horace Mann: Regarded as the father of American public education
  • John Hay: Private secretary to the U.S. Secretary of State and Abraham Lincoln
  • John D. Rockerfeeler Jr: Developer of Rockefeller Center and philanthropist
  • Ted Turner: Philanthropist and founder of CNN and TBS
  • John Sculley: Former president of PepsiCo and CEO of Apple Inc
  • John F Kennedy Jr: Journalist, lawyer, and magazine publisher
  • Laura Linney: Actress, three-time Oscar nominee, and four times Emmy Award winner
  • Julie Bowen: Six-time Emmy Award nominee
  • Dara Khosrowshahi: Former CEO of Expedia Group and CEO of Uber
  • Emma Watson: Model and actress

Moses Brown School

250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, 02906

Moses Brown School was founded in 1784 and named after Moses Brown. It is an independent Quaker school serving students from pre-kindergarten to high school. It is one of the oldest schools located in Providence, Rhode Island.  The school's song is called “In the Shadow of the Elms” which refers to the large elm trees surrounding the school. It first opened its doors at Portsmouth Friends Meeting House in 1784.

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Facilities at Moses Brown

  • Dwares Family Student Center
  • Fischer Ricci Family Instrumental Music Center
  • Collis Science Center
  • Woodman Center: Designed by DBVW Architects it connected to the library by a sky bridge
  • Hoffman House and Lubrano Science Classroom
  • Milot Field
  • Waughtel-Howe Field House
  • Campanella Field
  • Gorgi Family Squash and Education Center

Notable Alumni

  • Dean Woodman: Investor and philanthropist
  • Willem Van Lancker: Product designer
  • Buddy Cianci: Radio host and former Providence Mayor

The University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI 02881, USA

The University of Rhode Island was first named the Rhode Island State Agricultural School in 1888 and was originally located on the Oliver Watson Farm in Kingston which is now a museum. Additionally, in 1892 the school was restructured as the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. It was later during that year the school extended its courses from two years to four years. With only 17 students the first class completed their course in two years. As the school grew and more programs were offered it changed its name again in 1909 to Rhode Island State College.

Moreover, the school was given its current name in 1951 by an act of the General Assembly once the College of Arts and Sciences was added and doctoral degrees were available. During the reign of Frank Newman’s presidency, the Board of Governors took over the university's governing body in 1981. And in 2019 a 17-member Board of Trustees took its place.

With over 5600 students living on the 25-acre campus and many more that travel from surrounding areas, the university is proud of its rich history and is dedicated to offering a supportive and safe learning environment for all students.


The University of Rhode Islands' most popular majors include:

  • Health-Related Knowledge
  • Registered Nursing
  • Registered Nurse
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Psychology
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science and more

Club Sports

With approximately 600 athletes The university has 18 club sports some of which include:

  • Ice hockey
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Crew
  • Badminton
  • Sailing
  • Dodgeball
  • Gymnastics and more

Notable Alumni

  • Michael Flynn: Lieutenant General
  • Jorge Elorza: 38th Mayor of Providence
  • Lincoln Almond: Attorney and politician
  • J. Joseph Garrahy: 69th Governor of Rhode Island
  • John King: American News anchor
  • Christiane Amanpour: Chief International anchor for CNN
  • James Thomas Walsh: American character actor
  • Amanda Clayton: Actress
  • Benjamin W. Navarro: American businessman, founder, and CEO of Sherman Financial Group, LLC, owner of Credit One Bank
  • Robert Crandall: Former President of American Airlines


To clarify, Rhode Island is the smallest state and the 3 oldest schools on Rhodes Island are ancient. Browns University, Moses Brown School, and the University of Rhodes Island all have rich educational histories and have been providing quality education to students for decades. Each institute remains dedicated to continuing its legacy and encouraging the next generation of leaders to be champions.

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