Providence College is a Roman Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college located on 105 acres in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence College was founded in 1917 and is the only college or university in the United States founded by and conducted under the auspices of the Dominican Friars. Formally known as the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans were founded by the Spanish priest St. Dominic de Guzman in 1216.
Providence College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Commission on Institutions of Higher EducationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100Burlington, MA 01803-451781-425-7785E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other accreditations/certifications include:
American Chemical Society
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Council on Social Work Education
National Association of Schools of Music
Rhode Island Department of Education
Total Student Population = 4,680 (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Continuing Education)Male = 2,012 (43%)Female = 2,668 (57%)
Rhode Island = 601 (15%)Other New England = 2,147 (52%)Other United States = 1,279 (31%)Int’l/US Territories = 106 (3%)
4-year Graduation Rate (2009 Cohort) 81%5-year Graduation Rate (2009 Cohort) 84%6-year Graduation Rate (2009 Cohort) 85%
School of Arts & Sciences = 1,885 (43%)School of Business = 1,545 (35%)School of Professional Studies = 533 (12%)Undeclared = 255 (6%)Individualized/General Studies = 0 (n/a)School of Continuing Education (no certificates) = 174 (4%)*includes double
majors; does not include 7 special students
1-Marketing 2-Finance3-Biology4-Accountancy5-Management6-Psychology7-Health Policy & Management8-Elementary/Special Education
Full-time Faculty = 318Male = 189 (59%)Female = 129 (41%)Tenured/Tenure-track = 271 (85%)With terminal degrees = 290 (91%)Dominican faculty = 24
Enrolled Freshman Class of 2020The 1,055 freshmen represent continued academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.