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Academics

A “small” Catholic college in Rhode Island, Providence College offers students a “strong” liberal arts curriculum and a “fun and flourishing social environment.” Academically, many undergrads point to Providence’s “Western Civilization program” as a highlight of their collegiate experience. This interdisciplinary series exposes students to art, literature, philosophy, and theology and shapes undergrads into “well-rounded and deep thinkers.” Students are also quick to highlight Providence’s “strong business school” as well. And they certainly appreciate that they are “taught to think on our feet and to apply what we have learned in the classroom to real life situations.” “Small classes” are another hallmark of a Providence education. In turn, this enables students to develop “great relationships” with their professors. And speaking of professors, undergrads here happily report that their teachers are “phenomenal.” Not only are they “extremely knowledgeable,” they also “have a real passion for teaching.” As one thankful student boasts, “My professors have met with me on the weekends, over the summer, and responded to text messages/ emails/phone calls. We have gone off campus just to chat and keep up to date on how things are going.” Indeed, these professors might just be Providence’s “biggest asset.”

Student Body

Students at Providence attest that the college is “very homogenous in regards to race and socioeconomic status,” noting that most undergrads are “white” and come from “upper middle class families.” Additionally, a large percentage hail from “New England, New York, [or] New Jersey.” And many don “preppy” clothing; you frequently “see backwards hats, Vineyard Vines, Patagonia, and bean boots or boat shoes.” Thankfully, Providence has grown “increasingly diverse” in the last few years. On top of that, undergrads gush that their peers are “genuinely nice” and quite “inclusive” regardless of background. Students are also quite impressed with how “polite” everyone seems to be. As one undergrad explains, “Doors are held, everyone thanks the professor after class, people say hello as you walk by—it’s phenomenal!” Moreover, as a Catholic institution, you do find “kids who take their faith seriously.” However, “you do not need to be religious to feel welcomed here.” Indeed, “the college preaches about the Friar Family which the students are supposed to embody. When I first started here I thought that this motto was quite ludicrous, but it honestly seems as though it is true. The way everyone acts is just so kind towards one another. The students here really do treat everyone like family.”

Campus Life

Life at Providence can aptly be described as a “whirlwind.” This is due to the myriad of “recreational activities,” “school sponsored trips” and “programmed nights” the college offers. Additionally, school spirit abounds and students are “very enthusiastic” about attending sporting events, “especially men’s basketball and hockey.” Students do admit that “partying is a pretty large part of the social life.” And on the weekends you’ll find that lots of people “go out, either to bars/clubs or senior off campus housing.” One student shares, “People will sit out on the quad on nice sunny days and play catch. We have many activities such as dances and cookouts that the school holds year round.” Moreover, there are “two concerts each year where [basically] the entire school attends.” Many individuals are also “highly involved in intramural sports” as well as a club or two “aligning with social, political and relig[ious] interests.” Of course, students here love exploring the city of Providence too, “which is a short car ride or public bus trip [away].” And undergrads “can [check out] activities around Brown University/Thayer Street, as well as DownCity where there are many shops and a large artistic influence.”

Overview

Applicants
11,251
Acceptance Rate
52%
Average HS GPA
3.43

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
26%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
535
with Terminal Degree
371

316
Men
219
Women
61
Minority
15
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
84%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.

  • 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/Applied 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Fire Science/Fire-fighting.

  • 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.

  • 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
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

Billy Donovan '87
NBA Head Coach (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Peter Farrelly '79
Producer/Director

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

Christopher Dodd '66
Chair and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

Doris Sable-Burke '87
Basketball television analyst, ABC/ESPN

Karen M. Ignangi '75
President/CEO, EmblemHealth

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
84%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,732

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,621

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,084

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$41,383

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$27,732

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,306
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

1.23%
Asian
3.92%
African-American
9.26%
Hispanic
77.77%
Caucasian
3.85%
Unknown
1.91%
International

55% female
45% male
91% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
80%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Bryan Marinelli/Assistant Director Jennifer Rivera

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

N/A

Documentation Required for ADHD

N/A

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
Yes

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
125
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

8% 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

Academic
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/programs/Pages/bmsa.aspx

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and CDW-G

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
Ryan Center for Business Studies
Ruane Center for the Humanities
McPhail's Entertainment Facility
Concannon Fitness Center
Slavin Center - Student Center
Smith Center for the Fine 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

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
Year-round

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



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