Providence College

Providence College

Providence College is a Catholic college in Providence, Rhode Island. The college is recognized for its programs in liberal arts and sciences. It was established in 1917. In the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report's 'America's Best Colleges," Providence ranked second among master's level universities in the Northern U.S. Providence College offers more than 45 majors and over 20 different minors to its students.

Providence College is a member of the Big East Conference. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Friars.

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Providence College
River Ave and Eaton St
Providence , RI 02918-0001
General Phone: (401) 865-1000

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Providence College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management441business management, business administration, accounting, managerial economics, finance, organizational behavior, marketing
Liberal Arts349American studies, women's studies, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, humanities, ...
Education and Teaching267elementary/middle school admin, special ed, school counseling, secondary teaching, math teaching, music teaching, reading teaching
Science79biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Medical Administration48health care administration, health care facilities management
Therapy and Counseling42psychology
Family and Social Work29community organization, public administration, social work
Religion and Philosophy27philosophy, religion, bible studies, religious education, theology, theological and ministerial studies, pastoral counseling
Mathematics14mathematics, systems science and theory
Fine Arts12art history and criticism, painting, sculpture, ceramics, fine arts studies
Computer Science and Engineering6computer science
Security and Law Enforcement6fire-fighting
Art Studies5visual and performing arts, art studies
Law2legal assistant
Engineering2engineering physics
Photography and Commercial Art1drawing
Media0organizational communications

Number of programs and degrees for Providence College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree98450
Award of less than 1 academic year1315
Master's degree20812
Associate's degree66
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years12

Providence College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Providence College had a total enrollment of 5,297 students (4,710 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 74%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 19%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 35%
20-21 36%
22-24 7%
25-29 6%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York17%
Rhode Island14%
New Jersey8%
New Hampshire3%
(International Students)1%

Providence College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 92 %
Part-Time 75 %

Providence College Room and Board (2007)

Providence College offers campus housing for 3,127 of its 4,710 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Providence, Rhode Island for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Rhode Island Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Providence College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530630
SAT Math540640
SAT Writing550660
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Providence College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 31,394
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 31,394
Room and board $ 10,810
Room charge $ 6,160
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,650
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 906

Financial Aid:
Providence College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 340600)

Providence College Faculty

Providence College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3626
Non-tenured and not on tenure track129

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year47$101,33517$93,878
Associate professoracademic year49$82,12432$79,849
Assistant professoracademic year61$68,45646$65,089
Instructoracademic year9$55,6433$52,273
All faculty totalacademic year166$81,10598$74,510

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Providence College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Big East Conference
Track Big East Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5876134

Providence College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Physics

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Organizational Communication, General

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Providence College Apart:

Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Providence College Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Providence College Number of degree programs
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Providence College Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 12%Providence College % of degrees in liberal arts
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Providence College Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Providence College % of degrees in mathematics
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Providence College Number of students
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Providence College % of degrees in business and management
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Providence College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Providence College Student SAT scores

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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