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Rhode Island may be the smallest state but it's tremendous where it comes to academic excellence. Providence College is one shining example. Located in the state's capital city, picturesque Providence, this school is in the center of New England life. The college reports over 4,000 undergraduate students and 500 candidates for a master's degree.

Overview of Providence College

Those undergraduate students can choose from degrees from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, or the School of Professional Studies. For instance, degree options include chemistry, psychology, marketing, philosophy, and sociology to name just a few. In fact, the most popular major on campus is finance; with marketing, biology, management, and accountancy rounding out the top five.

To help round out their academic life, PC students manage to enrich their minds with campus clubs and other activities. Altogether, PC's students are active in over 100 clubs and organizations that cater to nearly every interest a student is likely to have. There are clubs that focus on interests ranging from social, political, professional, athletic, community service, and wellness.

In between clubs and studies, students can stay fit in either the Peterson Recreation Center or the Concannon Fitness Center. The Peterson Center features three racquetball courts, courts for a variety of sports, and an indoor track for year-around jogging. The Concannon Fitness Center also includes aerobic and strength training equipment.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 87%
Year Founded 1917

Student Enrollment

Total Students4,618


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,884
Female 2,212

Graduate Student

Male 240
Female 282

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Male 5,174
Female 6,304


Male 2,380
Female 3,026

Acceptance Rate47%

Male 46%
Female 48%

Enrollment 1,079

Male 487
Female 592
Application Fee $65
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc) Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 15
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Providence College is a private, New England institution of higher education. As such, its tuition rates are a bit higher than those for publicly funded colleges and universities. In fact, a year of tuition, books, supplies, and fees carry a gross cost of $53,000. When living expenses are tallied, on campus students pay close to $70,000 and off campus students save around $3,000, so they pay $67,000. However, the gross sticker price is not the whole story.

In fact, once financial aid kicks in, the resulting net price is far more palatable. In fact, the average net price for a year at Providence is $36,000. The numbers are lower for households in the lowest income bracket. Their net cost is $19,000. At the upper end, households that earn over $110k/year pay a net price of $49,000. This is due to the fact that 66% of PC students receive grants or scholarships that average $31,000 per student.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $35,796
Average Total Aid $31,298
Students Receiving Financial Aid 74%
Room & Board $15,140

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $52,438
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $52,438
  • Books and Supplies - $1,100
  • Room & Board - $15,140
  • Other - $1,052


Students attend Providence College for the academics and the opportunities a college degree opens for them. While Providence enjoys a terrific reputation in academic circles, it's important to look at the statistics that support that reputation. Two of the best metrics for academic performance are the retention rate and the graduation rate. Providence College has amazing retention rates of 91% for full-time students and 100% for part-time students. The retention rate shows how many students return to campus for a second year. It’s believed that this can indicate how satisfied students are with their classes, campus facilities, and other resources. Such high numbers are hard to beat, even among New England's outstanding liberal arts colleges.

To add to this success, PC reports that 87% of its students graduate. Most of those diplomas are earned within six years, which is the new normal time frame for a four-year degree. This means that the students who bond in their first-year dormitories are highly likely to share the same sheepskin four to six years later. Such a coherent, consistent community helps PC maintain its commitment to excellence.

Student Population Total

Student Population 4,618

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 440 Total Graduates / 45%
Finance, General 164 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 149 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 61 Graduates
Accounting 61 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 102 Total Graduates / 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 94 Graduates
Biochemistry 8 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 102 Total Graduates / 10%
Political Science and Government, General 46 Graduates
Economics, General 29 Graduates
Sociology 17 Graduates
Social Sciences, General 7 Graduates
All Education Majors 57 Total Graduates / 6%
Special Education and Teaching, General 51 Graduates
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 Graduates
History Teacher Education 2 Graduates
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 Graduates
French Language Teacher Education 1 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 56 Total Graduates / 6%
Psychology, General 56 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 22%

Outcome & Salary

Prospective Providence College students not only need to know that they are headed into a terrific academic environment, but that they will reap great rewards from their financial, time, and energy investments. In fact, of those alumni that report their starting salaries, PC students have much to look forward to. Of the top ten highest earning degrees, accounting leads the pack at PC. These alumni report a median salary of $60,000. The top ten is rounded out by the history students, who start out earning a median salary of $39,000.

No matter what their starting salary, every PC student has a strong academic foundation to build on. They should find that enrollment in a top graduate program is a snap, and that success is theirs for the taking.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $60,100
College Grads Average Salary $74,659
College Grads Mid Career Salary $111,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $746,590
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,865,590
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $143,184
10 Year Projected ROI $603,406
20 Year Projected ROI $1,722,406
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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