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Providence College
Providence, RI
Providence College is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Founded in 1917, it adopted coeducation in 1971. Intellectual zeal, high standards, shared values, a sense of community and a willingness to help others are the qualities that shape the character of the college. Providence is the only college in the United States under the stewardship of the Dominican Friars, a Roman Catholic order whose intellectual heritage dates back to the 13th century. Some of the college's special attractions are the Liberal Arts Honors Program and an acclaimed two-year Development of Western Civilization Program, opportunities to pursue research and independent study with faculty scholars, strong prelaw and premedical advisory programs and the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, offering the first known major and minor in public and community service studies. Students receive the quality and rigor of an education that prepares them to succeed in any profession and to make a meaningful contribution to the world in which they live and work. Its 105-acre campus is located in downtown Providence.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 4,270
   Women 2,394 (56.1%)
   Men 1,876 (43.9%)
Graduate Students 534
Entrance Difficulty  
Overall Admission Rate Not reported
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.41
SAT Math 572 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 559 average
510-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23-28 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $62,840
  Tuition and Fees $46,970
  Room and Board $13,790
Average Percent of Need Met 87%
Average Freshman Award $32,374
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 297
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 41% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Providence Population 178,432
Nearest Metropolitan Area Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 76% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Friar
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.1% Asian
4.0% Black/African-American
9.2% Hispanic/Latino
1.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.9% White
4.7% Unknown
International Students 1.9% from 29 countries
First-Year Students Returning 93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 80.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 61%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 23.0%