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Chances of getting into Providence College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
47.5%
Admission Difficulty for Providence College
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Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into Providence and can I get accepted? The school has a 47% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in Rhode Island for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,447 out of 11,478 applicants were admitted making Providence a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 19 percent. Providence College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Providence College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 47% of students submit SAT scores and 20% submit ACT scores.

Providence SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1210-1350
Applicants Submitting SAT
47%
SAT Scores for Providence College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1210
SAT Scores for Providence College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1350
Average SAT Score 1280

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Providence College?

Providence College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 23 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1210 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Rhode Island for highest average SAT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Providence College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1350 and Above Good >60%
1280 to 1350 Avg + 47%-60%
1210 to 1280 Avg - 34%-47%
1140 to 1210 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 1140 Low <23%
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Providence ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
20%
ACT Scores for Providence College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Providence College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Providence?

Admission data indicates that Providence regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Rhode Island for highest average ACT composite score. 20 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Providence College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Providence College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >60%
29 to 31 Avg + 47%-60%
27 to 29 Avg - 34%-47%
25 to 27 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 25 Low <23%
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Providence GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.37
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Providence College?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Providence. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Providence College was 3.37 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Rhode Island for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Providence will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Providence College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 17% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Good
3.25 to 3.50 23% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 24% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 14% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

69% of Providence College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Providence College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 37%
Top 25% of class 69%
Top 50% of class 95%
Bottom 50% of class 5%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Providence College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,304 5,174 11,478
Accepted 3,049 2,398 5,447
Acceptance Rate 48% 46% 47%
Enrolled 598 496 1,094
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 21% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
50

Applicants have 50 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Providence College is $65.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Providence College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Providence College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Providence College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217402 IPEDS survey data for Providence College.

FAQs

Does Providence College prefer SAT or ACT?

47% of students submit their SAT scores to Providence. 20% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Providence College?

47% of those who apply are granted admission to Providence. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Providence College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1210 and 1350. 47% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Providence College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 31. 20% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.