Providence College General Information
Providence College is an undergraduate, liberal arts, Catholic institution of higher education. PC is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars (Order of Preachers).
Currently, there are 4,801 students registered at Providence College. (This includes: all Undergraduate, Graduate, and School of Continuing Education students.)
- 57% Female
- 43% Male
- 78% Resident Students
- 18% Off-Campus Resident Students
- 4% Commuter Students
Providence College Undergraduate Curriculum
- Total Major Fields of Study: 49
- Total Minor Fields of Study: 36
- Newest Major: English/Creative Writing
- Five Most Popular Majors (in descending order): Marketing, Finance, Biology, Accountancy, and Management
- Faculty: 427 members
(320 Full-time 107 Part-time)
- Average Class Size: 20
- Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
PC offers students the opportunity to participate in over 100 active clubs and organizations which focus on social, multicultural, political, professional, educational, athletic, community service and wellness issues.
Enrolled Freshman Class of 2017
The Class of 2017 is one of PC’s largest incoming classes (1,030) in the past ten years.
The 1,030 freshmen represent continued academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.
Average grade point average (GPA) of 3.37 on a 4.0 scale.
Approximately 36% graduated from high school in the top 10% percent of their class, and 56.5% fell within the top 20%.
14 valedictorians and 9 salutatorians; 13 National Merit finalists, semi-finalists, and commended students, and 404 members of the National Honor Society.
Average SAT score range (middle 50% of the entire enrolled class) was 520-620 for critical reading, 530-640 for math, and 530-640 for writing.
239 participated in student government (30 were class or council presidents), 780 played sports (302 were captains), 105 were on newspaper, radio, and yearbook staffs, and 740 took part in community service projects in high school.
15.9% percent of the class is of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American (AHANA) descent. This constitutes the largest number of diverse students in a freshman class in the history of PC.
PC offers over 300 year-long, semester-long and short-term study abroad programs across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Central and South America, and Europe.
PC has partnered with Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) Global Education to offer the Center for Theology and Religious Studies at CEA’s Global Campus in Rome, Italy. The Center opens the door to semester-length study abroad opportunities to study theology and religion in the heart of Rome, a cultural and religious crossroads for today’s Roman Catholic Church.
Students study Italian language, theology, and a wide variety of subjects such as art, history, business, and politics.
Merit scholarships and need-based grants are transportable to semester and year-long study abroad.
Students in all majors have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members to conduct research on campus and across the globe. Students are also able to present their research at national conferences and at our annual campus-wide celebration of student scholarship and creativity.
Our Undergraduate Research Grants Program helps to fund eligible juniors and seniors who are interested in completing individual scholarly research or creative work.
69% of graduating seniors indicated participation in at least one internship while at PC.
Internships are completed in various career fields such as business, healthcare, government, social services, public relations, and more during the fall, spring and summer.
53% of recent alums were working in business fields including accounting, financial services, insurance, marketing/advertising, or retail.
13% of recent alums were working in education.
The vast majority of recent alums were working in their desired fields of employment (88%) and were satisfied with their jobs (82%) six months after graduation.
30% of recent alums were continuing their education six months following graduation.
17% of those continuing their education were attending medical or law school.
The most popular graduate programs overall were in education (24%), business (20%), medicine/health (18%), and law (13%).
Additional Facts and Information:
There are more than 40 Dominican priests and sisters living on campus, and Dominicans make up approximately 7% percent of the faculty.
PC has consistently been ranked among the top five regional (north) universities according to U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”
In 2011, Providence College was dubbed the “Smartest School in New England” by the New England Sports Network (NESN) by virtue of a three-student team from the College winning NESN’s “Schooled” event, an academic and problem-solving competition.
In January 2012, a team from the Providence College School of Business (PCSB) captured first place in the 2011 national accounting competition known as eXTREME Accounting (xAct).
In April 2012, PC was selected as a recipient of the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. PC earned this prestigious honor for its Global Studies Program, an innovative educational experience that focuses on internationalization.
For the sixth consecutive year, Providence College has been chosen to the Corporation for National and Community Service President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. To be named to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty, and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
Providence College was the first higher education institution in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in Public and Community Service Studies.
Roughly 74 percent of PC’s students participate in club or intramural sports. The school competes in 8 men's and 11 women's varsity sports, all at the Division I level, with membership in the NCAA, the BIG EAST Conference, the HOCKEY EAST Association, and the Eastern Collegiate Atlantic Conference. PC offers grants-in-aid for 15 of the school's 19 varsity sports. PC also encourages non-recruited athletes or "walk-ons" to try out for a team of their choice.
Academically, PC has a graduation rate of 89-percent for its student athletes.