Providence College

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Providence, RI 02918

Phone: (401) 865-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#2 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Update: Providence College originally supplied incorrect ranking data for the 2014 edition of Best Colleges. The data have been replaced with new data where provided by the school. The school's ranking is unchanged. Read more at the Morse Code blog.

Providence College is a private institution that was founded in 1917. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,810, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 105 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Providence College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 2. Its tuition and fees are $42,206 (2013-14).

Providence College, located in Providence, Rhode Island, is the only college in the nation operated by Dominican Friars. The Slavin Center, the school's student union, houses a concert/lecture hall, student organization offices, a food court and McPhail's, a snack bar and hangout spot equipped with dance floor, pool tables and a projector-screen TV. There are more than 100 clubs and organizations on campus, and students can also create a team to compete in Battle of the Brains, an annual question and answer game-show-style tournament. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus in one of the residence halls, most of which are single sex. The Providence College Friars compete primarily in the Big East Conference of NCAA Division I.

Providence College encompasses four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Professional Studies and School of Continuing Education. With nearly 50 majors offered, students have a wide range of options when choosing what course of study to pursue. All undergraduates must complete the core curriculum, which is centered on the two-year-long Development of Western Civilization program. Graduate offerings include master's degree programs in business administration, theological studies, education and more. Providence College shares its motto with Harvard: Veritas, which means "truth" in Latin.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1917, Providence College is a premier Catholic liberal arts institution steadfastly committed to academic excellence. As the only U.S. college or university administered by the Dominican Friars, PC is both unique and exceptional. Its dynamic core curriculum - updated for fall 2012 - anchors an experience balancing academic rigor, shared values, and uncommon camaraderie. That experience yields well-rounded graduates confidently ready to follow generations of PC alumni in leading lives of meaning and purpose.

With 3,900 undergraduates, PC is just minutes from downtown Providence, one of the country's most dynamic cities. Its close-knit community fosters a culture of participation and service where 95 percent of students live on the scenic campus or within a short walk. Consistently ranked among the top five in its U.S. News & World Report peer group, Providence College is noted for first-year retention and graduation rates that rank among the highest in the country, along with a low student-to-faculty ratio.

With pride it is heritage, PC looks forward with high aspirations. Its strategic plan defines a second century where the college's Catholic and Dominican mission supports enhanced academic excellence, greater community diversity, programming that prepares graduates for professional and personal success, and operational practices that will assure sustained distinction. This bold plan, and aggressive approach to continued facilities upgrades, and an undeniable community spirit all point to one certainty: Providence College's brightest days are just ahead.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1917
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $165,950,978


When applying to Providence College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 1 and December 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Providence College is $55. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 61 percent and an early acceptance rate of 64.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.0%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Providence College is 12:1, and the school has 49.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Providence College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; and English Language and Literature/Letters. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 84%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 29%
Social Sciences 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Education 7%
English Language and Literature/Letters 7%

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Student Life

Providence College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,810, with a gender distribution of 43.4 percent male students and 56.6 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 22 percent of students live off campus. Providence College is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,336
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Providence College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Providence College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Providence College, 16 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Providence College.

Students who have cars on campus 16%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Providence College, 55.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,045.

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Tuition and fees $42,206 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,440 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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