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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Providence is a highly rated private, Catholic college located in Providence, Rhode Island. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,904 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Providence acceptance rate is 49%. Popular majors include Finance, Business, and Marketing. Graduating 86% of students, Providence alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $48,700.
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big East Conference

Providence College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

PC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
49%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1210-1360
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$37,842/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$26,945/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
79%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
42%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.52 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    2%
  • On Campus
    98%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,904Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
228
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Providence College = rich white kids.
    21%
  • Preppy rich private school kids
    19%
  • Kind, Genuine
    12%
  • Preppy rich kids yet friendly to all
    12%
  • Lacking diversity
    10%
  • A little superficial
    7%
  • Typically rich, white, preppy kids
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
96%
of students say they don't have Greek life.48 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.74 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Rich white preppy kids
    65%
  • Awesome
    19%
  • Family
    8%
  • Alcohol and party driven
    3%
  • Life changing
    3%
  • Snobby
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$64,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses
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Providence College Reviews

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Not my first choice but I’ve never been happier. Some kids here are privileged, shallow, and disconnected, but if you look around you will find amazing people that fit your vibe. Classes are amazing, the professors really want you to succeed and the small class size allows you to get to know them more personally. It’s an amazing place to network. Party scene is there if you want it, but there’s always something to do if you’re not into that. They improved the food second semester and it was really going great! The college could definitely be more diverse and welcoming towards low income students, but there are safe spaces and good and down to earth people, you just need to know where to look.
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I’m not usually the type to right reviews on things, but I feel that it’s important to tell people about the reality of PC. The culture of the school is based solely around drinking, so if your not about that then don’t apply here. Not to mention the clear racial divide. Secondly, there just wasn’t enough to do at all. The school is small and there is essentially no way to get away from campus and into nature. I was trapped. A third thing is that the kids are not inclusive and accepting. It seemed as though groups were established the first week of school and nothing changed after that. Overall I would not recommend this school to anyone. Needless to say, I will be transferring the next chance I get.
PC is definitely a party school and pretty much everything seems to revolve around going out every night and ofc dartys on Saturday. There is little to no diversity and at least 80% of the kids seem to be from Mass. The food is awful, they even find ways to make the pasta taste bad. It's also extremely difficult to find healthy options. Found students to be very complacent and cliquey. The campus itself is very pretty and they have great facilities, also a majority of the professors are top-notch. However, I will be transferring.