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Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island

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Providence College overview
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Online providence.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Providence College overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Providence College, a private Catholic institution in Providence, Rhode Island, was established in 1917 by the Dominican Friars. Distinguished by its suburban setting, the college offers a blend of traditional Gothic architecture and modern facilities, embodying a serene academic atmosphere within its 105-acre campus. Strategically located approximately two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City, Providence College allows students the tranquility of a suburban campus with access to urban centers. It provides a rigorous liberal arts education and is particularly known for its programs in business, education, and professional studies. The college offers a selective admissions process and maintains a commitment to residential living, with a majority of its undergraduate students residing on campus. Providence College also competes in Division I athletics, notably in men?s basketball, where the Friars have gained recognition.

In the most recent statistical year 11,129 prospective students applied, and 5,874 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,156 enrolled in the school.  4,044 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 429 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $56,980 plus fees of $948. Providence is ranked 121 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Providence is rated within the top 23% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
Providence College overview
SAT 1260/1420
ACT 28/32
GPA 3.47

Applications Accepted

Providence College overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Providence College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,150
Other Fees$948
Room and Board $16,540
Budget for Other Expenses$1,292
Total One Year Cost$76,910

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$68,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

85% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Providence College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 33%
Social Sciences 13%
Education 9%
Biology 6%
English and Literature 6%

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