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Providence College

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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.


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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 879th for the average student loan amount.
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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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Ranks 2nd in Rhode Island and 141st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.04
Robbery 3 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 2 0.04

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District4402

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 119th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $42,385 $42,385 $42,385
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $860 $860 $860
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $313 $313 $313
FT Graduate Tuition $13,500 $13,500 $13,500
FT Graduate Required Fees $200 $200 $200
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $408 $408 $408
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $57,625 $57,625 $57,625
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $58,690 $58,690 $58,690
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $50,030 $50,030 $50,030

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $40,975 $42,206 $40,975 $42,206 $40,975 $42,206
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,140 $12,440
On-Campus – Other Expenses $825 $856
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $13,650
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $895
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $5,225

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,660 (4,016 male / 5,644 female)
Admitted 5,776 (2,489 male / 3,287 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 1,027 (452 male / 575 female)
FT Enrollment 1,027 (452 male / 575 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,665

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Big East Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big East Conference

ACT Test Admission

260th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 28%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

281st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 75%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1050 / 1260

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,044
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,350
Board Fee$5,400

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 17 29 36 15 3 921 140 1,182
Accounting 2 5 2 49 7 65
American/United States Studies/Civilization 2 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 1 4
Art/Art Studies, General
Bible/Biblical Studies 1 1
Biochemistry 1 4 5
Biology Teacher Education 6 1 7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 56 12 72
Business Administration and Management, General 5 1 3 2 1 74 11 102
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 3 4 65 5 78
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 1
Community Organization and Advocacy 2 8 10
Computer Science 1 7 1 9
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 27 4 33
Creative Writing 5 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General 1 15 6 22
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship 31 2 33
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 1 1 27 5 36
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 21 1 22
Finance, General 1 2 55 12 72
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 3 1 4
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education 1 1 2
French Language and Literature 2 2
General Studies 1 2 3
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1 1 43 9 56
History Teacher Education 5 1 6
History, General 1 1 55 11 69
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 4 1 8
Intermedia/Multimedia 1 1
International/Global Studies 1 1 2 2 12 4 23
Italian Language and Literature
Labor and Industrial Relations
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 22 2 26
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 2 75 10 89
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 23 1 25
Mathematics, General 7 7
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 2
Music Teacher Education 3 1 4
Music, General 1 1 2
Organizational Communication, General 1 1
Organizational Leadership 1 7 8
Painting 1 1
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Philosophy 1 10 1 13
Photography 1 1 2
Physics Teacher Education
Political Science and Government, General 2 2 1 28 4 39
Psychology, General 2 3 35 4 46
Public Administration
Reading Teacher Education 7 2 9
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 13 1 14
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Sciences, General 3 9 1 13
Social Studies Teacher Education 6 6
Social Work 2 8 1 12
Sociology 5 2 5 2 15
Spanish Language Teacher Education 2 4 1 7
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 57 6 65
Systems Engineering
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
Theology/Theological Studies 1 1 5 6 14
Urban Education and Leadership 2 2
Vision Science/Physiological Optics
Women's Studies

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 523rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $85,242 ($87,778 male / $79,012 female)
Number of FT Faculty 286 (169 male / 117 female)
Number of PT Faculty 466
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $9,033,197

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