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Rank: 172

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 on atop Smith Hill in the city of Providence, Rhode Island's capital. In the classroom, the about 4,200 undergrads find the course work 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. Students can choose from about 50 majors, of which the most popular are 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 17 varsity sports, not to mention a vibrant set of intramural and club sports. Ring Weekend, an annual two-day bash that culminates in each senior receiving a college ring, dates back to 1966. Perhaps the largest ongoing effort at Providence is in diversifying the student body. An overwhelming percentage of students are white, upper-middle class, and from the Northeast. The school's administration says it is taking steps to attract a more diverse pool of students.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$66,500
% of students who get any grants
72%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$37,800
Average price for low-income students
$19,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
55%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1140/26
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
4,484
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
84%
% of students who get merit* grants
16%
Average merit grant
$18,351
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$54,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
46%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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