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Providence College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Providence College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee costs $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Providence College by April 1.

Providence College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Providence College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 43%
Mean SAT Score 1278
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 44%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 14%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Providence College?

Providence College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Providence College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Providence College is 85%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 54%. Providence College accepts about 59% of early action applicants and 54% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Providence College admitted 365 of the 429 students who applied early decison. Last year, Providence College admitted 3,948 of the 6,657 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Providence College

Providence College is a moderately difficult school to get into. Providence College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Providence College accepted 54% of all applicants, around 5,826 of the 10,817 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Providence College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

In 2021, Providence College waitlisted 2,723 students. Of those, 811 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Providence College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Providence College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Providence College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Providence College must submit the following items. Double check with Providence College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Providence College?

Students admitted to Providence College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 23% submitted a class rank. At Providence College 43% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 73% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Providence College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 23%
3.75 and 3.99 22.12%
3.50 and 3.74 24.82%
3.25 and 3.49 25.63%
3.00 and 3.24 17.22%
2.50 and 2.9 7.61%
2.00 and 2.49 0.5%

Providence College does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 44% of Providence College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 14% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Providence College?

To be competitive with other Providence College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1210 and 1360 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Providence College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1360 and 25% of scored lower than 1210, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Providence College student is 1278.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Providence College students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Providence College students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Providence College?

To be most competitive at Providence College, you should strive to earn between 27 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Providence College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Providence College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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Transferring to Providence College

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Providence College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Providence College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Providence College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Providence College.

Does Providence College accept transfer credits?

Providence College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Providence College accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit
  • Excelsior College Examinations

Does Providence College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Providence College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Providence College?

No, Providence College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Providence College's acceptance rate?

Providence College's acceptance rate is 54%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Providence College?

Providence College's early decision acceptance rate was 85% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Providence College?

The early action acceptance rate at Providence College was 59% in 2021.

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Providence College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Providence College? Providence College is a somewhat selective institution. The Providence College acceptance rate is 54%. This means that the institution accepts 53 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


27 to 31


27 and Less


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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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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1360 and Above


1210 to 1360


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Providence College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.47. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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