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Providence College Overview

Providence College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Providence, Rhode Island. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Providence College Known For?

1,249 Undergraduate Awards
$50,595 Avg Cost After Aid
52% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Providence is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Providence.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 62% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Providence bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $64,100 a year. That's about 57% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.0 years for students from Providence to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Providence College Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Providence is ranked #97 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 10 colleges in Rhode Island, it is ranked at #2.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Providence has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#49 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#113 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Providence.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Providence has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Special Education College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Marketing College Factual
#12 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#14 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#18 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#35 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Providence College?

Location of Providence College

Contact details for Providence are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918-0001
Phone: 401-865-1000
Website: www.providence.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/providencecollege
Twitter: http://twitter.com/providencecol

How Do I Get Into Providence?

You can apply to Providence online at: admission.providence.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Providence

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Providence?

52% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
46% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Providence is 52%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 53%, and the acceptance rate for women is 50%.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to Providence submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 580 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Providence College  ( 580 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Providence College  ( 580 to 670 )
200
800
Providence received ACT scores from 24% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 32. Math scores were between 24 and 29. Composite scores were between 26 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Providence College  ( 25 to 32 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Providence College  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Providence College  ( 26 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Providence College?

$50,595 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Providence is $50,595. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Providence, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $10,710 a year. That adds up to $42,840 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Providence is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Providence College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,891 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,096 undergraduate students at Providence, with 3,891 being full-time and 205 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Providence

There are also 522 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,891 full-time undergraduates at Providence, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Providence

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Providence College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Providence Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 55
Black or African American 141
Hispanic or Latino 415
White 2,973
International Students 72
Other Races/Ethnicities 235

Geographic Diversity

Rhode Island students aren't the only ones who study at Providence College. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 34 countries are represented at Providence. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Vietnam, and Ireland.

Online Learning at Providence College

22 Took All Classes Online
100 Took At Least One Class Online
-15.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 100 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Providence has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Providence

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Providence College was -15.6%. This is the #2,630 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Providence regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Providence College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 76 0 0 70 0 83 229
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 181 0 0 181
Marketing 0 0 0 154 0 0 154
General Biology 0 0 0 99 0 0 99
General Psychology 0 0 0 79 0 0 79
Accounting 0 0 0 67 0 0 67
Special Education 0 0 0 51 0 10 61
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 53 0 0 53
Teacher Education Subject Specific 27 0 0 6 0 18 51
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 50 50
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 50 0 0 50
Economics 0 0 0 44 0 0 44
History 0 0 0 29 0 9 38
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0 26 26
General English Literature 0 0 0 26 0 0 26
Mathematics 0 0 0 22 0 4 26
Sociology 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Computer Science 0 0 0 17 0 0 17
International Studies 0 0 0 17 0 0 17
Romance Languages 0 0 0 16 0 0 16
Social Work 0 0 0 16 0 0 16
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 2 0 12 0 0 14
Human Resource Management 1 0 0 2 10 0 13
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 0 12 12
Community Organization & Advocacy 2 0 0 9 0 0 11
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 10 0 0 10
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 9 0 0 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Philosophy 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Writing Studies 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
General Engineering 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Chemistry 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 2 0 2 4
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Music 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Area Studies 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Public Administration 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Fire Protection 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Biblical Studies 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Support Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 109 2 19 1,119 12 215 1,476

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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