Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island

#132 National Colleges

47.46% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

4,046 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, medium, highly residential
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic

By Kenneth C. Zirkel - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Providence College is a private, Catholic university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1917, the college offers 49 majors and 34 minors. It requires all its students to complete 16 credits in the Development of Western Civilization, a major part of the college's core curriculum. In the spring of 2021, it enrolled 4,128 undergraduate students and 688 graduate students for a total enrollment of 4,816 students.

In athletics, Providence College competes in the NCAA's Division I and is a founding member of the original Big East Conference and Hockey East. It was part of the original six other basketball-centric Catholic colleges which broke off from the original Big East (today's American Athletic Conference) to form the current Big East at the start of the 2013–14 academic year.

"Providence College." Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 15 February 2022,

Providence, Rhode Island

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City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000)

New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 46.8%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 11.0%
Social Sciences 9.2%
Education 7.6%
Psychology 5.1%
Health Professions And Related Programs 4.6%
History 2.4%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 2.4%
English Language And Literature/Letters 2.1%
Visual And Performing Arts 1.4%
Mathematics And Statistics 1.4%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1.3%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 1.3%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1.2%
Engineering 1.1%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.5%
Physical Sciences 0.4%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 0.1%
Theology And Religious Vocations 0.1%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.1%
Natural Resources And Conservation 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1298 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 680 640 600
Verbal 670 640 610

ACT Scores

29 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 29 27 25
English 33 30 27