Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

Providence College School of Business

#47

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: January 13, 2021.

School Data

Tuition & Fees In-State: $265,795*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $265,795*

Average Debt: $40,577

When do students declare their majors: Freshman Year

International: 1%

Minority: 18%

First generation college students: 14%

Acceptance Rate: 56%

Average SAT: 1,268

Average ACT: Data not provided by school in 2021.

Average GPA: 3.47

HS Class Top Ten: 21%**

*The total tuition and fees for the most recent graduating class. This does not include books, room, or board.

** HS Class Top Ten is the percent of the student population that graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class.

*** Please note that these statics are provided for the business school major only whenever possible. If a school does not track these statistics separately, then the university-wide statistics are provided.

Providence College’s School of Business ranked at No. 47 this year. The B-school fell six spots behind from last year’s ranking of No. 41. Providence’s School of Business had less selective admissions standards this year. The acceptance rate was 55.62% and an average SAT score of 1268, compared to last year’s acceptance rate of 47% and average SAT score of 1281. 

2020 employment also took a hit at Providence College this year with 87.53% of the Class of 2020 securing a full-time position within three months of graduation, roughly eight percentage points lower than last year. Although, this dip may likely be attributed to the COVID-19 economic downturn as internship outcomes stayed strong at 94%, unchanged from last year. Employment outcomes was also Providence’s strongest methodological category as it finished 36th. It finished 47th in the academic experience category and 54th in admissions standards.

Providence College’s business education strongly emphasizes liberal arts and ethics with an abundance of opportunities to apply their knowledge and obtain relevant, real-world experience. 

EMPHASIS ON LIBERAL ARTS AND ETHICS

Liberal arts serve as the foundation for business education at Providence with a strong focus on liberal arts. The curriculum features core focus and competency requirements in addition to linked major and minor course content. Undergraduate business majors at Providence include Accountancy, Finance, Management, and Marketing.

Additionally, all Providence undergraduates are required to take two years of seminar courses for the Development of Western Civilization Program, where they explore human history through many perspectives — from literature to philosophy to theology to art, and more. 

First-year business students attend diversity and inclusion workshops focused on unconscious bias and working across differences. The workshops are designed to help students learn how to navigate collaborating with people from a variety of backgrounds in the workplace.

Students can also compete in the college’s Michael Smith Regional Ethics Case Competition, where student teams analyze a business ethics case and present their solutions to a panel of judges. The winning team wins a $2,400 prize. 

Ethics and an understanding of how to work across differences are more important now than ever before as employers seek out not only skilled and capable workers, but individuals who have a strong grasp on soft-skills and collaboration. At Providence, business undergraduates are taught these skills early on so that they can graduate into the real world as compassionate, collaborative, and well-rounded business leaders. Providence alumni also rate the B-school’s ability to offer opportunities to nurture and improve students’ soft skills relatively high at an 8.9 average rating. 

REAL-WORLD PROJECTS 

Providence students have a number of opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios whether through projects or case competitions. 2018 alumni that we surveyed spoke highly about their experience in marketing elective courses, where they were able to develop relevant work skills.

“The required senior marketing elective I took prepared me for the fast-paced, results-oriented environment of a modern business setting, and one of the assigned projects turned into a longer collaborative effort outside of class with a classmate and two professors to edit and tailor the project into a published academic article, which was then submitted and accepted for publication in a marketing journal,” one 2018 alumni told us.

Marketing students can also participate in the annual American Marketing Association (AMA) Collegiate Case Competition, an event that brings together marketing students to solve and present a case study. Last year’s competition asked students to develop a comprehensive marketing plan targeting Generation Z in an effort to increase membership and relevance among American college students.

“Participating in the AMA Challenge was a prominent part of my senior year and helped me prepare for project management in my career,” another 2018 alumni said.

But these types of opportunities span well beyond fields such as marketing. Students interested in finance can participate in the Student Managed Portfolio, where they invest real money from the Providence College endowment. Unlike many student-managed funds, the PCSB Student Managed Portfolio extends to three different classes of assets: equity, fixed income, and alternatives.

“[The] student-managed investment fund provided me with real-world investment experience, actively managing ~30000 tech sector portfolio as part of a larger investment fund,” said another 2018 alumni.

“The student-managed investment fund at Providence College was a life-changing experience and opened my eyes to the world of Investments,” another 2018 alumni told us. “Naturally I find myself currently studying for the CFA while also working in my desired industry. My hope is to break into the insurance investment industry which I see as a perfect fit for my skill set.”

If you’re looking for a business education that includes an emphasis on in-demand soft-skills with plenty of opportunities to gain real-world experience, look no further than Providence College’s School of Business. 

Contact Information

Location:
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918
Admissions Office:
401-865-2535
School Social Media:

From the School:

College is all about opening doors – to opportunity, to discovery, to your future. At Providence College, you’ll join a community that’s driven and challenging, perceptive and welcoming. You’ll find a place where Friars and friends look out for one another, push one another to achieve more than they ever thought possible, encourage one another to make themselves and the world better. You’ll open doors — and have them held open for you. And when you graduate, our strong alumni network will put out a welcome mat to the real world.

Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. Our undergraduate enrollment is approximately 4,000 students and we offer degrees in 52 academic majors and 39 minors. The PC School of Business provides a liberal arts-based business education in four majors and three minors. We have been ranked No. 1 in the competitive “Regional Universities North category” three of the last four years according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” The School of Business is AACSB-accredited, an accomplishment only 30 percent of U.S. business schools achieve.

School spirit runs deep at Providence College. Our athletes compete in the NCAA Division I BIG EAST Conference and Hockey East. Club and intramural sports are popular and sometimes just as intense. PC offers 120+ active clubs and organizations that are as varied as the interests, career aspirations, and talents of our students.

About the Providence College School of Business

At the Providence College School of Business, we are shaping a different kind of business education. We understand the need for meaning, connection, and purpose in business and life.

The future of business requires people with the skills to find common ground, thoughtfully analyze options, and contribute ethically to solutions together. We teach the power of “we” rather than “me.”

With a dynamic group of energized faculty, a rigorous curriculum, and the state-of-the-art Ryan Center for Business Studies, we’re building the business school of the future. Students don’t just learn the foundations of business – they learn a versatile, collaborative, problem-solving approach that makes them indispensable to employers and personally fulfilled.

Our curriculum is uniquely integrated with the liberal arts and grounded in Catholic and Dominican traditions. Not only are PC business students prepared for gratifying lives, but they are also ready to take on the challenges faced by businesses of all kinds. We know this because we see it every day.

This quantitatively-focused, business curriculum is supplemented with a wide expanse of experiential learning opportunities. There are 12 different business clubs, including the newly charted National Association of Black Accountants and the recently established Student Managed Portfolio (SMP), part of the PC Finance Society. Another example of PC’s unique business experiential learning programs is the Benjamin Family Social Media Fellowship. These undergraduate students run the School of Business social media channels, create branding campaigns, and work with alumni mentors from top companies such as Facebook and Google. In addition, all business students who study abroad — and over half of them do — complete an in-country internship, giving them hands-on international business experience in places such as Rome, China, Australia, London, Ireland, South Africa, Chile, and more.

PC students consistently apply what they have learned in the classroom and through these experiential programs in powerful ways. In recent years, our students have taken top honors in national competitions in accountancy, business ethics, and marketing. They’ve started entrepreneurial ventures. They’ve created mentoring programs. They’ve launched businesses that share profits with impoverished villages half a world away. They’ve conducted research that improves the learning experience for their classmates. They’ve landed coveted internships at some of the most renowned financial, accounting, marketing, and banking firms in the country.

To help them with their journey of discovery, PC business students are encouraged to explore a variety of careers through the Friar Leadership and Immersion Program. In addition, the Center for Career Education & Professional Development hosts workshops to develop professional skills and career readiness. The close-knit culture of the Providence College campus extends well beyond graduation and students are supported by a vibrant and dedicated alumni community.

As a result of all the special resources of Providence College, when it comes time to take their next steps after graduation, PC School of Business students find themselves well-positioned for and well-received by a variety of business sectors and top graduate schools. Our graduates approach the job market and their careers as insightful, ethical professionals whose knowledge, experience, and self-awareness set them apart from their peers.