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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Providence.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Providence has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Providence College?
Contact details for Providence are given below.
|Address:||1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918-0001|
How Do I Get Into Providence?
You can apply to Providence online at: admission.providence.edu/apply/
Admission Requirements for Providence
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||considered but not required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||considered but not required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Providence?
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.
Can I Afford Providence College?
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
There are also 522 graduate students at the school.
Of the 3,891 full-time undergraduates at Providence, 46% are male and 54% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Providence College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||141|
|Hispanic or Latino||415|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Providence has changed over the last few years.
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.
*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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