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About Providence College

Providence College is a private, religious school in an suburban setting in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence College was founded in 1917 and now enrolls around 4,821 students a year, including 4,298 undergrads.

Providence College offers housing for up to 3,160 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 90% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Providence College's endowment was valued at $231.72 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Providence College spends about $14,792. There are 11 undergraduate students for every full-time Providence College professor.

2021 Providence College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 54%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 59%
Average GPA 3.5
Mean ACT score 29
Mean SAT score 1278
Tuition $53,440

2022 Providence College Regular Decision Application Deadline

January 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Providence College by April 1.

Providence College Early Admission

Providence College offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Providence College is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Providence College admits 59% of students that apply early action. 85% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Providence College.

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Providence College Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Providence College. In 2021, Providence College accepted 54% of applicants. Last year, 10,817 students applied to Providence College and 5,826 were admitted.

Providence College Waitlist

Providence College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Providence College?

Providence College is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Providence College, applicants must submit the following items.

Providence College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

Providence College Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.5 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Providence College is 1278. The mean ACT score for Providence College students is 29.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Providence College.

Does Providence College Require Test Scores?

Providence College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 44% submitted the SAT. 14% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Providence College

Yes! Providence College provides on-campus housing for up to 3,160 students.

Providence College students are active in the school's Student Congress, Board of Multicultural Student Affairs and Campus Ministry. Black and White Ball, Late Night Madness, and and Spring Concert are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Providence College.

Financial Aid at Providence College

Providence College meets 91% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $42,348 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Providence College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Providence College

About 92% of students who start at Providence College come back for their second year of college. Out of the 1,030 students who started at Providence College as first-time freshman, 839 graduate within four years.

Around 85% of students who started at Providence College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Providence College Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 57% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $51,625 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $42,772 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Providence College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Providence College a good school for you?

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Where is Providence College Located?

Providence College is located in the suburban setting of Providence, Rhode Island, less than an hour from Boston.

If you want to see Providence College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Providence, or book a flight to the nearest airport, T.F. Green.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Providence College and Providence are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1 Cunningham Square Providence, RI 02918

Campus Setting: Suburban

Providence College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Providence College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Providence College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Providence College ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Providence College is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Providence College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Providence College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1210 - 1360


Math SAT Range

600 - 680


Reading SAT Range

610 - 680

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1360 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Providence College students is 1278. Applicants with SAT scores of 1360 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Providence College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1210 to 1360 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1210 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Providence College.

Providence College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Providence College is like? There are approximately 4,821 students enrolled at Providence College, including 4,298 undergraduate students and 523 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 12% percent are from RI and 88% percent of students are from other states.


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