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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  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 3,826 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Providence acceptance rate is 52%. Popular majors include Business, Finance, and Marketing. Graduating 84% of students, Providence alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $48,700.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big East Conference
Address
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918
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Providence College Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
52%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1160-1330
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$36,099/ 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
$26,359/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
76%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
43%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,826Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
253
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Providence College = rich white kids.
    23%
  • Preppy rich private school kids
    20%
  • Kind, Genuine
    13%
  • Preppy rich kids yet friendly to all
    13%
  • Lacking diversity
    10%
  • A little superficial
    8%
  • Typically rich, white, preppy kids
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
96%
of students say they don't have Greek life.45 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.71 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Rich white preppy kids
    68%
  • Awesome
    21%
  • Family
    9%
  • Life changing
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$64,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
84%
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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One thing I love about PC is the small-campus community feel while being able to see a new face every day. Being in Providence means there is always something to do or new to try. While it may not be the safest city, campus security helps make PC feel like it is in its own "bubble". Even though the food is not the best on campus, do not feel discouraged because the food off campus is always a hit! Dorms are mostly average, some are great while some of the older buildings definitely need renovation. Athletics are a big plus to this school whether you will be playing or in the audience. The school is strongly affiliated with the Catholic faith, however, all of the professors and Dominican Friars will be welcoming of all religious backgrounds. Also, PC may be lacking in diversity but I can tell they are trying to be more inclusive, especially when it comes to clubs and organizations. Overall, a great (and expensive) school. I am very proud to call myself a Friar!
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During my time at Providence College, I had an eventful time. Both the professors and students have outstanding personalities, and it makes the campus brighter. I love how there are numerous universities in the city and Brown University adds another beauty to this city. If you are in the mood for some Italian food, I recommend Federal Hill because it is exceptional! Unfortunately, the university was too small, and I am now transferring, but this university was one of the best things to happen to me because it has helped me shape who I am. I made many friends, and I am forever grateful!
While my personal experience at PC has been great, there are a lot of underlaying diversity issues on our campus. Providence College is not a very diverse campus. However, they try to put up an image of diversity. In addition, the clubs on campus are very exclusive, and prevent students from getting involved. Lack of inclusivity and lack of diversity are two components that have displeased me at this school. Nonetheless, I was lucky enough to find a great group of friends my freshman year, and they are truly the reason I have been able to have such a great personal experience.