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Providence College Data & Information Overview

418 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
58% Acceptance Rate
Find out more about how Providence College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below.
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How Well Is Providence College Ranked?

#117 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in RI
Educational Administration Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 418 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is educational administration.

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Overall Quality

Providence landed the #117 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,238 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Providence held the #199 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

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?

58% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
43% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Providence College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 58%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 43% 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 570 and 670. Math scores were between 550 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Providence College  ( 570 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Providence College  ( 550 to 660 )
Providence received ACT scores from 11% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Providence College  ( 26 to 31 )

Learn more about Providence College admissions.

Providence College Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
64% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Providence is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Providence College

92% Freshmen Retention
84% On-Time Graduation Rate

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 84%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

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

Providence College Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,098 Full-Time Undergraduates
17.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
55.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,298 undergraduates at Providence with 4,098 being full-time and 200 being part-time.

How Much Does Providence College Cost?

$38,338 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
$39,612 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Providence is $38,338. 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 +
$19,043 $18,864 $26,014 $32,754 $48,172

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Providence, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $9,903 a year. That adds up to $39,612 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Providence is 1.8%. 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?

$69,532 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Providence make about $69,532 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Providence graduates since it is 64% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Providence College make the most money.

Location of Providence College

Rhode Island State
4,098 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Located in Providence, Rhode Island, Providence College is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Providence are given below.

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

Providence College Majors

51 Majors With Completions
1,199 Undergraduate Degrees
237 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 51 majors graduated from Providence College. Of these students, 1,199 received undergraduate degrees and 237 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 215 $58,761
Marketing 114 $50,440
Business Administration & Management 112 $52,956
General Biology 88 $34,026
General Psychology 77 $36,775
Accounting 70 $63,900
Economics 62 $48,405
Health & Medical Administrative Services 59 $45,573
Political Science & Government 57 $36,317
Special Education 41 $40,466

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

Online Learning at Providence

2% Take At Least One Class Online
1% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 89 students took at least one online class at Providence College. This is a decrease from the 4,480 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 89 34
2019-2020 4,480 359
2018-2019 91 22
2017-2018 100 22
2016-2017 63 25

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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