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Providence College

Providence, RI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate58%
Acceptance Rate58%

About Providence College

Providence College Overview

Providence College is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence College was founded in 1917 and now enrolls around 4,737 students per year year, including 4,245 undergraduates. Providence College offers housing for up to 3,160 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 90% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Providence College for Fall 2023 is January 15. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

Student Activities at Providence College

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Providence College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Providence College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Providence College does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? Providence College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Providence College on the Student Life page.

2022 Providence College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 58%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 87%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 59%
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 59%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 43%
Tuition $55,040
Percent of Need Met 91%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $43,456

Is Providence College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what Providence College offers and if the college might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Providence College

Providence College is moderately difficult to get into. Around 58% of applicants get into Providence College each year. Out of 11,129 applications received in 2022, 6,453 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Providence College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Providence College, around 92% come back the next year. Providence Collegehas a six year graduation rate of 89 for undergrads. 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 for Providence College Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 57% of graduates from Providence College recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

The average starting salary for recent Providence College grads is $51,625 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Providence College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Providence College's endowment was $231.7 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Providence College spends about $14,792 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Providence College

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Providence College meets 91% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Providence College full-time are awarded $43,456 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $45,757 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. 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.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Providence College.

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?

Providence College is located in the suburban setting of Providence, Rhode Island, in the suburbs of Boston.

If you are interested in seeing Providence College for yourself, be sure to 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

Providence College ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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31 and Above


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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 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Providence College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1315


Math SAT Range

550 - 660


Reading SAT Range

570 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1315 and Above


1120 to 1315


1120 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Providence College students is 1278. Applicants with SAT scores of 1315 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Providence College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1120 to 1315 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1120 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 4,737 students enrolled at Providence College, including 4,245 undergraduate students and 492 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 13% percent are from RI and 87% percent of students are from other states.


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