Providence College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

About Providence College

Providence College is a private, 4-year, Roman Catholic college that promotes the values of education, preaching, and service. About 4,800 students attend Providence College, and it is located in the midsized city of Providence, Rhode Island. It is the only college in the U.S. that is home to and run by the Dominican Friars. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Providence College as 4th in the 'North Regional Universities' category.


Providence College was founded in 1917 and is comprised of four schools, including the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Continuing Education, and the School of Business. The school offers certificate programs, associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees. There are close to 50 majors available to students, and all students complete a core program that requires two years of classes on the development of western civilization. The most popular majors at Providence College are management, psychology, biology, special/elementary education, political science, accounting, and marketing.


As of Fall 2011, Providence College's acceptance rate is 61%. Applications for regular decision are due by January 15th. The school has a test-optional policy, and applicants who don't submit standardized test scores won't be penalized in the admissions process.

Providence College offers both Early Action and Early Decision. Students who apply for Early Action must submit applications by November 1st, and they will receive a decision from the university by January 1st. Students who are denied admission through Early Action will not be reconsidered in the regular decision pool, though some students may be deferred by the university to regular decision, and will receive a decision by April 1st. Students who are accepted to Early Action will have until the regular decision deadline of May 1st to decide if they will attend.

Students who are interested in applying for Early Decision must submit their application by December 1st. Students who are denied admission for early decision will not be reconsidered in regular decision, and no students will be deferred. This application is a binding agreement, in which students who are accepted to Providence College are expected to withdraw applications to any other university at the time of their acceptance.

All applicants must submit the common application, high school transcripts, recommendation letters, standardized test scores, and a personal essay. More information about the application can be found on Providence's website.

Tuition & Financial Aid

To attend Providence College, the cost will be approximately $42,000 for 2014, 2015 and 1016, including tuition and fees. Room and board can cost between $7,000 and $11,000, per year, depending on the student's preferred living situation, though freshman are required to live in residence halls on campus. Students can choose to pay tuition in full at the beginning of each semester, or to make monthly payments.

Students who maintain a high academic performance may receive merit scholarships of up to $12,000, and there are also scholarships available to students who are involved in extra-curricular activities and service programs.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees, certificate programs***
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsized city**
Student Body 4,174 undergraduates, 595 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Freshman must live in residence halls; students can select from two and three bedroom suites and apartments*
Schools and Programs Four schools, 50 majors****
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business, marketing, management (276)
Master's: Education (125)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 81% in four years
85% in six years **
Admission Rate 61% in 2011**
Entering Class Size Approximately 964 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 90% in 2011**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT composite scores: 1690-1920 in 2011*
Application Due Date November 1st for early action, December 1st for early decision, January 15 for regular decision*
Decision Notification Date January 1st for early action, mid-January for early decision, April 1 for regular decision*
Tuition $36,730 per year (estimated cost for 2012-2013; including fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (16%), Pell grants (15%), state and local grants/scholarships (12%), institutional grants/scholarships (72%), federal student loans (62%), other student loans (9%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2011**

Sources: *Providence College, **Institute of Education Science, National Center for Education Statistics, ***College Board, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Providence College, Harkins Hall 103, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918
  • Phone: (401) 865-2535
  • Website:

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