Providence College

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Providence College (also known as “PC” or Providence) was founded in 1917. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, this private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university is the only college (or university) in North America to be administered by the Dominican Order of Friars. Providence specializes in liberal arts academic programs. PC has an average annual enrollment of about 3,800 undergraduate students and 735 graduate students.

Providence offers 49 majors and 34 minors with a major part of the school’s core curriculum centering on the Development of Western Civilization. Starting with the class of 2016, students must complete 16 credits in the Development of Western Civilization.

Providence competes in the NCAA’s Division 1 and is a member of the Hockey East and the Big East Conference.

General Information

Admission Office

Harkins Hall 222, 1 Cunningham Square

Providence, RI 02918-0001

(401) 865-2535

(800) 721-6444

Fax: (401) 865-2826

Contact: Christopher Lydon

Associate Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Planning
Main Address

1 Cunningham Square

Providence, RI 02918-0001

(401) 865-1000

Total undergrads: 3,938

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 988

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,931

Graduate enrollment: 735


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 45%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 92%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Ceramics B
Digital art B
Drawing B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Painting B
Photography B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management A,B,C
Finance/Banking B
Labor/Personnel Relations A,B,C
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B


Engineering Physics B
Systems Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Italian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health System Administration B,C


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B,C

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Fire Science/Firefighting A

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Ministry/divinity A
Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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