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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, R.I.—is the only college in the nation operated by Dominican Friars. The Slavin Center serves as the school’s student union, housing 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 60 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 MBA and Master of Theological Studies programs as well as a variety of Master of Arts and Master of Education programs. Providence College shares its motto with Harvard: Veritas, which means "truth" in Latin.
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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.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
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.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||61.0%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 15|
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.
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.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
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|
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.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$42,206 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,440 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data