Students Say

Providence College is committed to maintaining small class sizes and facilities in order to provide its students with a strong liberal arts education and traditional campus life. With fewer than 5,000 undergrads, it is “uncommon for a student to not know or have interacted with the school president, dean of student affairs, dean of undergraduate studies, etc.”

Overview

Applicants
8,976
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average HS GPA
3.38

GPA Breakdown

19%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
23%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 620
SAT Math
520 - 630
SAT Writing
530 - 640
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

Providence College is committed to maintaining small class sizes and facilities in order to provide its students with a strong liberal arts education and traditional campus life. With fewer than 5,000 undergrads, it is “uncommon for a student to not know or have interacted with the school president, dean of student affairs, dean of undergraduate studies, etc.”

The universally small classes lead to “more discussion and less lecture,” and professors “encourage student participation to not only learn concepts but apply them as well.” They are “truly invested in student understanding/success,” making themselves available through multiple channels, and “their passion for teaching can be felt within the classroom.” Most teachers “provide plenty of opportunities to meet outside of class for help with school, talk about of life, or possibilities for careers after graduation.” The classes “are no cake walk, but will give you the knowledge and experience for the real world,” and “even the toughest graders have been reasonable with their explanations,” says a junior English major.

The “strong liberal core curriculum” (using the Development of Western Civilization program as its centerpiece) and Catholic values of the school helps to prepare students “to serve as responsible and engaged world citizens.” PC is “fantastic” at setting up students with internships that lead to future jobs, and professors place “a high value in experiential learning: getting involved with the community and taking advantage of opportunities to work and serve in the greater Providence Community.” PC also has an incredible alumni base; alumni “are dedicated to the school, and dedicated to PC graduates.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
482
with Terminal Degree
318

271
Men
211
Women
49
Minority
40
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Vision Science/Physiological Optics

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Organizational Leadership

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Physics
  • Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Fire Science/Fire-fighting

  • Social Sciences

  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


John G. O'Hurley, Jr. '76
Actor & Entrepreneur

Billy Donovan '87
Head Coach (Florida Gators)

Peter Farrelly '79
Producer/Director

Dr. Robert Gallo '59
Scientist/Researcher- Co-discovered the HIV virus

Christopher Dodd '66
U.S. Senator, D-CT

Doris Sable-Burke '87
Television Analyst- Independent Contractor

Karen M. Ignangi '75
President/CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
86
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 20

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

Annually, tuition at Providence College costs roughly $43,400, with roughly an additional $14,840 in room and board, books, and fees. Around 84 percent of freshmen receive some type of financial assistance compared to 76 percent of other undergraduates. The average need-based financial aid package is approximately $28,000, which can certainly help offset the cost of attending Providence. Freshmen on average receive roughly $23,700 in need-based gift aid and 87 percent of undergraduates at Providence have borrowed through a loan program, leaving the average Providence graduate roughly $31,000 in debt.

Bang For Your Buck

Providence College reports that on average it meets 84 percent of its students’ demonstrated financial need. In addition to grants, the college offers an array of meritand need-based scholarships for qualified students. Students accepted into the Liberal Arts Honors Program are awarded scholarships ranging from 40 to 100 percent of the cost of tuition. Friar Scholarships, for leadership in extracurricular activities, award up to $9,000 annually. For multicultural students and others committed to contributing to the college’s diversity, there are Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cunningham Scholarships, which range from awards of one-half to full tuition. The combination of an Honors Program with generous financial aid convinced one English major to choose Providence over similar institutions.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,420

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,860

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,143

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,475

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,475

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,443
Required Fees
$880
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$940

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,530
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“The Catholic Dominican tradition has a strong presence here,” and the majority of the student body “is from New England and proud of it.” Most students “look like they stepped out of a J. Crew advertisement,” though there is a hipster contingent; everyone “is friendly and generally hangs out together,” possibly because “the homogeneity and common experience creates strong bonds among the student body.” Social groups “do not revolve around your class background at all,” and students fit in through joining clubs or attending a lot of the big social events on campus. “We all bond over our Western Civ experience in our freshmen and sophomore years, so if you have gone through that then you fit in here,” adds one junior.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,176
Out of State
87%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

1.17%
Asian
4.23%
African-American
7.60%
Hispanic
78.80%
Caucasian
5.92%
Unknown
1.98%
International

57% female
43% male
87% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The school’s location and the city of Providence offers the perfect balance for living: with “a beautiful, friendly campus as well as a vibrant city life just three minutes away from campus, students get the best of both worlds.” It's the smallest ‘big’ school and the biggest small school,” sums up a student. With Division I athletics (there are also “many opportunities to play through intramurals”) but a small class size, students “can easily say that there is so much to do and so many opportunities that it's easy to get involved and not be bored.” “Club involvement is huge,” and just about everyone is on some type of club or in a student leadership position.

The “welcoming, upbeat, friendly environment” created on campus is due in part to the fact that “all the students live in one giant community.” For fun, students like to explore the city of Providence, which “has a lot to offer”, or go to on-campus events, such as “movie showings, bingo nights,” and hockey and basketball games. There is “a large drinking culture” at PC, and though “students love to party and go out…come Sunday night, the library is packed and everyone has their nose in the books.” The city and campus are quite secure: “I have never felt unsafe on campus, even if I am walking across it by myself at 3:00 a.m.,” says a student. “Diversity and dining” are the two Ds that many students agree could use improvement; others also complain about the parietal rules, which impose curfews for the opposite sex to be in one another's dorms.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
72%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
81
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
98

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
(service, not program)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Andrew Christensen, Assistant Director for Disability Services

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
No Documentation is required for admission

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

48% participate in intramural sports
9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Friars)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Friars)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: SHEPARD- Stopping Homophobia, Erasing Prejudice and Restoring Dignity http://www.providence.edu/student-activities/clubs-organizations/Pages/pcshepard.aspx

Minority Support Groups: Board of Multicultural Students Affairs is an umbrella group for cultural groups. http://www.providence.edu/cultural-education-programming/get-involved/Pages/bmsa.aspx

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
66

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
19

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and CDW-G

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amy Cembor
Sr. Assoc. Dean of Admission

Address
Office of Admissions
1 Cunningham Sq.
Providence, RI 02918

Phone
401-865-2535


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ruane Center for the Humanities
McPhail's Entertainment Facility
Concannon Fitness Center
Slavin Center- Student Center
Smith Center for the Arts
St. Dominic Chapel, Harkins Hall- Classrooms, Admin Offices; Blackfriars Theatre; Hunt-Cavanagh Art Gallery.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Providence Place Mall
Thayer Street- Outdoor Cafes and Shops
Atwells Avenue-great restaurants (Federal Hill)
Water Place Park
R.I.S.D. Museum
Newport, Narragansett Beaches.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies- Please Call (800) 721-6444

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
RIPTA-City Transportation (Free with PC I.D.) TF Green Airport-13 minutes Logan Airport, East Boston-1 hour Amtrak Station-6 minutes Bonanza Bus Lines-7 minutes Taxis are available outside all 4 transportation places.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod:Take I-195 West to I-95 North, to Rhode Island Exit 23 (State Offices). Immediately keep right toward Route 44/State Offices. At the traffic light, turn right onto Orms Street. After the first light, bear right onto Douglas Avenue (Route 7). Proceed 0.7 miles to the third light on Douglas and make a left-hand turn onto Eaton Street. Proceed about 0.6 miles to the second light at the intersection of Eaton Street and River Avenue. The main gate of the campus will be on your right. From Boston and Points North using I-95: Follow I-95 South to Rhode Island Exit 23 (Charles Street). Proceed right onto Charles Street and go 0.2 miles to the first light at Admiral Street. Take a left onto Admiral Street and proceed approximately 1.2 miles to the third light at River Avenue. Take a left onto River Avenue to the next light (0.4 miles) at Eaton Street. The main gate of the campus will be on your left. From T.F. Green Airport (PVD), Southern Connecticut, New York City & Points South: Take I-95 North to Rhode Island Exit 23 (State Offices). Immediately keep right toward Route 44/State Offices. At the traffic light, turn right onto Orms Street. After the first light, bear right onto Douglas Avenue (Route 7). Proceed 0.7 miles to the third light on Douglas and make a left-hand turn onto Eaton Street. Proceed about 0.6 miles to the second light at the intersection of Eaton Street and River Avenue. The main gate of the campus will be on your right. From Albany and Western Massachusetts using I-90: Take I-90 East to Exit 10A (Worcester / Providence, Routes 146/20) which will lead you to Route 146 South (Providence). For almost an hour, follow Route 146 South into Providence, RI, to the Admiral Street exit. Take a right onto Admiral Street and proceed approximately 1.1 miles to the second light at River Avenue. Take a left onto River Avenue to the next light (0.4 miles) at Eaton Street. The main gate of the campus will be on your left. From Hartford and Central Connecticut: Take I-84 to Route 2 East. Follow Route 2 East to Norwich, CT and then take I-395 North. Proceed along I-395 North to Route 6 East. Take Route 6 East into Johnston, RI. Proceed along Route 6 East to Route 10 North. Take I-95 North to Rhode Island Exit 23 (State Offices). Immediately keep right toward Route 44/State Offices. At the traffic light, turn right onto Orms Street. After the first light, bear right onto Douglas Avenue (Route 7). Proceed 0.7 miles to the third light on Douglas and make a left-hand turn onto Eaton Street. Proceed about 0.6 miles to the second light at the intersection of Eaton Street and River Avenue. The main gate of the campus will be on your right.

Local Accommodations
Hilton Providence (21 Atwells Avenue, Providence, 800-831-3900); Providence Biltmore Hotel (Kennedy Plaza, Providence, 800-294-7709); Providence Courtyard by Marriott (32 Exchange Terr. At Memorial Blvd., Providence, 888-887-7955); The Providence Marriott (1 Orms Street, Providence, 800-937-7768); The Westin Hotel (1 West Exchange Street, Providence, 800-228-3000).
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Key Stats

8,976
Applicants
4,176
Size
63%
Acceptance Rate
1140
SAT Scores

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