Providence College


Founded in 1917, Providence College is located in historical Providence, Rhode Island. The school is a four-year liberal arts college that offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and professional certificates. There is an active social life on campus and nearly all freshmen live in the residential dormitories. Providence offers over one hundred different social organizations as well as numerous sports teams and intramural activities. The entire campus is technologically advanced and offers students all of the state-of-the-art tools and resources as well as a highly accredited teaching staff that they need to earn a quality education and become a well-rounded professional.


Information Summary

Ranks 2nd in Rhode Island and 117th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 94.7
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $67,300
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 30 / 1360
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 14 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 93% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 4,674


Providence College strives to provide an education that not only gives students a career, but teaches them to think critically and globally and work both independently and as a team member in order to build a better future and improve their human experience in general. Students may earn bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees and professional certificates in a wide variety of subjects in three schools of training. Students may choose a major and a minor, or perhaps they would prefer to work toward a dual degree. Graduate students have many options as well.

Students studying in the School of Arts and Sciences may study more than thirty subjects in order to earn a bachelor’s degree including art history, asian studies, philosophy, English and political science. Graduate students may earn a master’s degree in several different areas including theology, biblical studies, history or teaching mathematics. This school also offers many of the courses that students will be required to take to satisfy the liberal arts core curriculum requirements.

The School of Business offers four different bachelor’s programs including accounting, finance, management and marketing, and graduate students may earn their MBA. The school strives to provide a well-rounded business program that incorporates the liberal art courses and the Catholic and Dominican tradition into each of their programs.

The School of Professional Studies offers a few undergraduate subject choices including secondary education, social work and health policy and management. The graduate program at the school offers Master of Education degrees in such areas as special education, literacy, counseling and administration as well as a post-graduate certificate in special education administration.

There is also a School of Continuing Education that offers professionals the opportunity to either specialize in particular areas of their careers or earn credits in order to satisfy state, federal or local requirements in order to maintain professional licensure.

Providence also offers students the opportunity to study abroad. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to travel to many other countries while earning a college degree by studying their subject from a global perspective. There is even financial aid available to make this program available to more students.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Students wishing to apply to Providence College should do so no later than the middle of their senior year in high school. Applicants may begin the process by completing the Common Application and the Providence College Supplemental Form that can be found on the Common Application website. The Common Application is an extremely convenient tool for students because after completing it once, it may be submitted to over four hundred colleges in the network. Applicants may also submit the application fee at this time. Students that cannot afford the application fee may request a waiver either from their college advisor or through the College Board fee waiver program. Students will find that there is space on the Supplemental Form for then to make some personal statements and should feel free to use this space to tell the college a little bit about themselves.

The Secondary School Report should be submitted to the student’s high school guidance counselor. It needs to be returned to Providence along with an official copy of high school transcripts. These documents should be submitted no later than November 1 of the senior year for Early Action, or by January 15 for Regular Decision. Providence accepts School Reports that have been completed for other schools using the Common Application.

Other documents required to complete the application packet include the Teacher Evaluation, the Mid-Year Report and the Application Essay. The admissions committee prefers that the Teacher Evaluation be completed by an English teacher or from an instructor in the field that the student would like to study in college. The Mid-Year Report may submitted as soon as it is available; students should not wait to submit the rest of the application packet. The Application Essay should be used to tell Providence about things that are not available by just looking at grades or tests. This is an opportunity for students to let the college get to know them.

It is vital that students provide a valid e-mail address and notify the school if it changes because this is how the college communicates about the status of applications. Early Action applicants will have a decision by early January. In this phase, a student may either be accepted, denied or deferred. Deferred students will be evaluated again during the regular admission cycle. Regular Decision applicants will receive a decision by April 1.

Graduate Admission

All of the graduate programs at Providence have different admissions requirements, but there are standard minimal requirements that they all share. These include proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts and written recommendations from at least two people that can attest to academic ability and likelihood of success. The student will also need to submit the application specific to the program along with the application fee. Graduate candidates should contact the admissions office of the program to which they would like to apply to determine what else is required in order to be considered for approval.

Financial Aid

As an accredited institution, Providence College offers financial aid in the forms of need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Students seeking aid will need to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) that is available online starting in January. Providence College also offers a Liberal Arts Honors Program that pays as much as one hundred percent of tuition. All students are evaluated for eligibility during the admissions process.

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The Providence Friars are an NCAA Division I athletics association that compete in the Big East Conference and their colors are black, white and silver. The men’s and Women’s hockey teams play in the Hockey East Association. There are numerous varsity sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, cross country, soccer, track and swimming and diving. Men also have the additional option of lacrosse and women may choose to play field hockey, tennis or volleyball.

There are also several intramural and recreational sports programs and all Providence students are offered a free membership to both the Peterson Recreation Center and Concannon Fitness Center.


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