Rhode Island: University of Rhode Island

- Public colleges considered in Rhode Island: 2

- University of Rhode Island statistics

- 40-year net present value: $1,098,000

- 10-year net present value: $107,000

- Graduation rate: 64%

- Median debt: $18,500

The biggest four-year university in the nation's smallest state is the University of Rhode Island, with an enrollment of more than 14,000 undergraduate students. The Kingston-based institution has more than 90 majors and is known for its marine biology program. Other preferred fields of study include nursing and communications.