Providence College: Narrative Description

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River Ave. and Eaton St.
Providence, RI 02918
Tel: (401)865-1000
Free: 800-721-6444
Admissions: (401)865-2535
Fax: (401)865-2826
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1917. Setting: 105-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $105.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $325,578. Educational spending 2003-04: $8458 per student. Total enrollment: 5,366. Faculty: 355 (285 full-time, 70 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 7,827 applied, 54% were admitted. 42% from top 10% of their high school class, 82% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 25 National Merit Scholars, 51 class presidents, 16 valedictorians, 311 student government officers. Full-time: 3,822 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 666 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 78 other countries, 81% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 8% 25 or older, 75% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 91% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 1/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. Comprehensive fee: $34,580 includes full-time tuition ($24,800), mandatory fees ($510), and college room and board ($9270). College room only: $4970. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $232 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 94 open to all. Most popular organizations: Board of Programmers, Student Congress, student newspaper, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Pastoral Council. Major annual events: Junior Ring Weekend, Mr. PC Pageant, Clam Jam. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,074 college housing spaces available; 3,063 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Phillips Memorial Library with 563,289 books, 12,019 microform titles, 11,809 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.8 million. 164 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Brown University.

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