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Providence College

Providence, RIwww.providence.edu
Providence College, founded in 1917, is the nation's only university administered by the Catholic Dominican friars. The college is located atop Smith Hill in the city of Providence, Rhode Island's capital; as such, about 13% of undergrads are from Rhode Island (another 54% are from New England in general). In the classroom, the roughly 4,000 undergrads find the coursework generally fulfilling, but they express some mixed feelings about the college's Western Civilization requirement, or "Civ," because of the sizable courseload necessary to complete it. The average class size at Providence College is 20 people; its most popular majors include finance, marketing, biology, and management. There is no Greek scene on campus, but students enjoy an active social life. The bars near campus are the go-to hangouts, and students who want more nightlife can travel an hour away to Boston. On campus, there's nearly always a game to attend among the school's varsity sports, not to mention a vibrant set of recreational sports -- more than half of students play on an intramural team). Ring Weekend, an annual two-day bash themed around senior class rings, dates back to 1966.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$67,900
% of students who get any grants
71%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$38,500
Average price for low-income students
$20,460
admissions
Acceptance rate
52%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1250/28
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
4,011
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
83%
% of students who get merit* grants
20%
Average merit grant
$17,350
student success
Graduation rate
84%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$56,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
46%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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