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Find out more about how Providence College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Providence College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Providence College was awarded 64 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is special education.

Overall Quality

Providence landed the #145 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Providence also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Rhode Island ranking.

See all of the rankings for Providence College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Providence?

Acceptance Rate

Providence College has an acceptance rate of 52%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Providence.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to Providence submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 580 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Providence College  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Providence College  ( 580 to 670 )
Providence received ACT scores from 24% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Providence College  ( 26 to 30 )

Learn more about Providence College admissions.

Providence College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Providence, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Providence College is 62%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  62 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Providence College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Providence College has a freshmen retention rate of 92%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  92 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Providence for first-time, full-time students is 81%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  81 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Providence College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Providence

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,096 undergraduates at Providence with 3,891 being full-time and 205 being part-time.

Providence Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 87.13 out of 100, Providence is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  87.13 out of 100
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How Much Does Providence College Cost?

The overall average net price of Providence is $38,990. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Providence

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$19,020 $26,396 $28,885 $35,843 $46,473

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Providence, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Providence, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $10,710 a year. That adds up to $42,840 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Providence is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Providence Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Providence with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $64,100 in their early years. That's great news for Providence students since it is 61% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Providence College make the most money.

Location of Providence College

Providence College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Providence, Rhode Island. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Providence College

Contact details for Providence are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918-0001
Phone: 401-865-1000

Providence College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 49 majors graduated from Providence College. Of these students, 1,121 received undergraduate degrees and 215 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 181 $53,200
Marketing 154 $44,100
General Biology 99 $36,500
General Psychology 79 $37,400
Business Administration & Management 70 $47,900
Accounting 67 $59,800
Health & Medical Administrative Services 53 $42,200
Special Education 51 $39,700
Political Science & Government 50 $38,900
Economics 44 $59,800

Learn more about the majors offered at Providence College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Providence

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 100 students took at least one online class at Providence College. This is an increase from the 63 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 100 22
2016-2017 63 25
2015-2016 99 27
2014-2015 106 36
2013-2014 125 44

Learn more about online learning at Providence College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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