Paragon University

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Paragon University
Motto: Scientia est Cras ("Knowledge is Tomorrow")
Established: 1867
Type: Public university system
Endowment: $3.1 billion
President: Dr. Jordan Dianne Cantrell
Faculty: 5,372
Students: 44,823
Undergraduates: 31,546
Postgraduates: 13,277
Location: Paragon City, Rhode Island, USA
Campus: Urban
Colors: Blue and Silver
Nickname: Justice
Mascot: Jimmy Justice
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Paragon University is a comprehensive public research university in Paragon City, Rhode Island, founded in 1867 by Dr. Gerard Gaines. Paragon University is among the nation’s largest providers of professional education (law, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture) and prepares the largest body of professional practitioners in Rhode Island, offering over 400 academic degree programs at three campuses and sites in Rhode Island and its international campuses in Rome, Tokyo, Cap au Diable, Paris, and London.

Paragon University is one of Rhode Island's two public research universities, along with the University of Rhode Island. Paragon is among the top universities in the nation with comprehensive curricula and nationally recognized research programs. It is the 23rd largest university in the United States and has over 500 sponsored programs receiving external support from federal, state and local governments, industry, and private non-profit organizations.



Schools and Colleges

Paragon University has over 400 degree programs from 16 schools and colleges and 4 professional schools. Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs are now offered through the School of Environmental Design, the College of Fine Arts, the Hobbs School of Business, the Rufus Holt School of Dentistry, the College of Education, the Watkins School of Engineering, the College of Health Professions and Social Work, the Harrington School of Law, the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Medicine, the DeSaunier College of Music and Dance, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Podiatric Medicine, the Richards School of Science and Technology, the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and the School of Film, Communications, and Theater.

Name of College Dean
School of Environmental Design Jane Caldwell, Ph.D.
College of Fine Arts Eliza Reese, Ph.D.
Hobbs School of Business Erich Ivan Vinson, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Rufus Holt School of Dentistry Douglass Reid Bryan, B.D.S., M.P.H., M.B.A, Dr.P.H.
College of Education Thomas Shaw, Ph.D.
Watkins School of Engineering Omar Sandoval, Ph.D.
College of Health Professions and Social Work Kathie Wolfe, Ph.D.
Harrington School of Law Marcelo Hector Whitfield, J.D.
College of Liberal Arts Shelley Jayne Price, Ph.D.
School of Medicine Eroll Matthews, M.D., FACS, FRCPS
DeSaunier College of Music and Dance Russell Weston, Ph.D.
School of Pharmacy Francis Grossman, Ph.D.
School of Podiatric Medicine John Nguyen, D.P.M.
Richards School of Science and Technology Dennis Bauer, Ph.D.
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Robyn Hebert, M.B.A., Ph.D.
School of Film, Communications, and Theater Darren Gideon, M.F.A., Ph.D.


Rhode Island

  • Main Campus (Steel Canyon): Sitting just about 2 miles northwest of center city in Steel Canyon, the Paragon University Main Campus is close to the arts, music, intellectual and cultural scene of Paragon's city center in Atlas Park. The campus is close to the Yellow Line train station, making it easily accessible for commuting students.
  • Croatoa: Originally a junior college, Paragon University Croatoa's name was changed during the summer of 2008 to the School of Environmental Design. This was due to the campus' degree focus on Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Horticulture, and its specialization in environmental sustainability. The campus now has 267 faculty and 3,400 students, offering bachelor's and master's degree programs on a 175 acre arboretum, located roughly 15 miles from the main campus.
  • Founder's Falls: Located in southern Paragon specifically spanning the northern area of Founder's Falls, the campus is the location of Paragon's University's Health Sciences education. With two hospitals (pediatrics and teaching), a pharmacy college, a nursing college and a dental college, it has a strong reputation for integrating all areas of health care into one fluent system. The medical and pharmacy schools are nationally renowned. The pharmacy school in particular is unique in its approach to education of the profession by administering courses that focus more on clinical sensibilities to prepare its students for the new roles of the pharmacist as a health care provider in the coming decades.

Campuses abroad

  • Rome: Paragon University Rome offers both semester and summer study abroad programs with an option of an internship. Available programs are anthropology, architecture/landscape architecture, art history, classics, digital imaging, drawing, English, Greek, history, international business, Italian, painting, political science, printmaking, sculpture, and sociology.
  • Tokyo: Paragon University Tokyo is the largest branch campus, located in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Available programs are American studies, anthropology, architecture, art, art history, Asian studies, broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media, economics, film, history, international business, Japanese, media arts, political science, psychology, and sociology.
  • Cap au Diable: Paragon University Cap au Diable is located in New Haven, located northwest of Aeon City. It is the second largest branch campus and has the highest enrollment of all branch campuses. Available programs are anthropology, architecture/landscape architecture, art history, biology, business, chemistry, classics, digital imaging, drawing, engineering, English, environmental studies, history, international business, painting, physics, political science, printmaking, psychology, sculpture, and sociology.
  • Paris: Paragon University Paris offers a spring semester program and an existing summer program. Available programs are art history, culinary arts, cultural studies, French language and literature, and history.
  • London: Paragon University London is offered through the School of Film, Communications and Theater. Available programs are advertising, broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media, film, journalism, media arts, playwriting, screenwriting, television, and theater.



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