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Providence College

Providence, RI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate53%

Providence College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Providence College. The college admitted 53% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 11,129 applications received in 2023, 5,874 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Providence College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and the application fee costs $65.

Students who apply to Providence College for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Providence College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Providence College's admissions stats.

Providence College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 39%
Mean SAT Score 1278
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 56%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 13%
Waitlist Yes

Providence College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Providence College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 1
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 January 1
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Considering Applying Early to Providence College?

Providence College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Providence College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Providence College is 87%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 53%.

Providence College accepts roughly 62% of early action applicants and 53% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Providence College admitted 323 of the 373 students who applied early decision. Last year, Providence College admitted 3,963 of the 6,376 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college because they hope it will boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➑️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Providence College Admissions

Transferring to Providence College

For more information on transferring to Providence College, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Providence College

In 2022, Providence College waitlisted 3,005 students and 1,058 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 3 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Providence College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Providence College

What does Providence College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Providence College for more information on admission factors.

Providence College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Providence College, all applicants 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)
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Providence College?

Students admitted to Providence College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 17% submitted a class rank. At Providence College 39% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 77% were in the top 25% and 95% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Providence College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 4.25%
3.75 and 3.99 29.31%
3.50 and 3.74 30.79%
3.25 and 3.49 20.12%
3.00 and 3.24 9.19%
2.50 and 2.9 6.07%
2.00 and 2.49 0.26%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Providence College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 56% of Providence College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 13% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Providence College?

To be competitive with other Providence College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1130 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Providence College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, 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 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Providence College students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

To be most competitive at Providence College, you should strive to earn between 25 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 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Providence College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

More Information on 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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Providence College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Providence College?

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

Does Providence College accept transfer credits?

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

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES β€’ Excelsior College Examinations

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

βœ… Providence College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Providence College?

❌ No, Providence College is test optional, so you can choose whether to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, 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?

βœ… Providence College has an acceptance rate of 53%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Providence College?

βœ… Providence College's early decision acceptance rate was 87% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Providence College?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Providence College was 62% 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 53%. This means that the institution accepts 52 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1330


Math SAT Range

550 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1130 to 1330


1130 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Providence College students is 1278. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Providence College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 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 3.57. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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