Saturday, December 10, 2011


PC WEBSITE RELEASE: Providence College was founded in 1917 through a joint effort by

Harkins1.jpgthe Diocese of Providence and the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, with the blessing of Pope Benedict XV and the consent of the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island.

The driving force behind the development of the College was the late Rt. Rev. Matthew Harkins, D. D., Bishop of Providence, whose dream it was to create a center of advanced learning primarily for the Catholic youth of Rhode Island. However, the College's charter demonstrates that the founders intended PC to serve members of all religious faiths as it reads: "no person shall be refused admission . . . nor shall any person be denied any of the privileges, honors, or degrees in said college on account of the religious opinion he may entertain."

Type of institution: Medium-size university

Setting: Urban

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,966 (2008–09 academic year)

Total average cost: $43,680 (tuition, room and board for 2009–10)

Undergraduate majors: 49


Enrolled Freshman Class of 2015

The 975 freshmen represent continued academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.
  • Average grade point average of 3.39 on a 4.0 scale.Image

    Approximately 40% graduated from high school in the top 10%percent of their class, and 63% fell within the top 20%.

  • 25 valedictorians and 13 salutatorians; 8 National Merit finalists, semi-finalists, and commended students, and 379 members of the National Honor Society.

  • Average SAT score (middle 50% of the entire enrolled class) was 520-630 for the critical reading, 530-640 for math, and 540-650 for writing.

  • Most popular majors are biology, management, psychology, special/elementary education, marketing, political science, and accountancy.

  • 249 participated in student government (17 were class or council presidents), 742 played sports (320 were captains), 120 were on newspaper, radio, and yearbook staffs, and 800 took part in community service projects in high school.

    Dominican Friars

  • 12 percent of the class is of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American (AHANA) descent.

    Total Major Fields of Study: 49
    Total Minor Fields of Study: 36
    Newest Major: English/Creative Writing
    Total Ordinary Faculty: 286
    Student-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
    Faculty Administration: 33 Dominican Friars and sisters

    For more information, visit Areas of Study.

    Undergraduate Tuition, Room Board, & Fees

    Tuition & Required Fees

    (without Room & Board)
    ​Tuition / Fee​Classes of 2012, 2013​Classes of 2014, 2015
    ​General Tech Fee​$385.00​$385.00
    ​Activity Fee​$320.00​$320.00

    Tuition is based on a regular course load (Refer to Academic Information).


    • Early Action (freshman applicants): November 1
    • Regular Decision (freshman applicants): January 15
    • Transfer (fall semester): April 1
    • Transfer (spring semester): December 1

    In order to be considered for admission, we require that you submit a completed Common Application, including the Providence College Supplemental Form, and an application fee of $55. (Applicants who require an application fee waiver may petition for one through their college advisor). We also require the following additional pieces as part of your application package:

    College Guide Rankings Profile

    The college guides can tell you something about Providence College. For example, U.S. News has ranked Providence College as one of the top master’s level colleges and universities in the North for twelve consecutive years. (The 574 universities in this category offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s level programs and are ranked within four geographic regions.)

    In the 2011 edition of U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges:

    • Providence's average freshmen retention rate of 92% ranks it among the top five schools nationally in its designated category.
    • The College is ranked among the top five schools in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category -- which relates academic quality to the net cost of attendance – among master’s level colleges and universities in the North.​
    • Mailing Address

      Providence College

      1 Cunningham Square
      Providence, RI 02918 USA
      Tel: +1 (401) 865-1000


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