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Providence College School of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: January 24, 2024.

School Data

Tuition & Fees In-State: $293,080*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $293,080*

Average Salary: $65,441

Graduates With Jobs 90 Days After Graduation: 96%

When do students declare their majors: Freshman or Sophomore Year

International: 1%

Minority: 15%

First generation college students: 14%

Acceptance Rate: 48%

Average SAT: 1,322

Average ACT: 30

Average GPA: 3.56

HS Class Top Ten: 59%**

*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 statistics 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 37th in this year’s 2023 rankings, maintaining their position from last year. For the last few years, the B-School has broken into the upper 30’s in the rankings, whereas in further years past, they hovered in the 40’s. 

Providence had a slightly more selective acceptance rate this year, accepting only 48.40% of incoming students this year as compared to 52.51% for last year. Another upward trend are the school’s SAT scores – with an average of 1322 for the most recent incoming class as compared to 1318 for last year’s class.

Employment rates held strong, with 95.83% of the Class of 2023 securing full-time employment within three months of graduation, nearly the same as last year’s score of 95.35%. As far as internships go, most of the Class of 2023, 95% of them, experienced at least one business-focused internship during their time at Providence. 

The Academic Experience category was Providence’s strongest methodological category, as they finished 28th. 

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.


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. Providence alumni also rate the B-school’s ability to offer opportunities to nurture and improve students’ soft skills relatively high at an 9.14 average rating. 


Providence students have a number of opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios whether through projects or case competitions. 

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,” one alumni said.

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.

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. 

Alumni say:

All my project work and capstone work not only set me up for the professional skills needed to be successful but how to teach and encourage others as well. My first management class was set around creating a business with a product or service, with a group of people I didn’t choose to partner with but was told I would partner with. My capstone required me to research a business with people I was acquainted with but did not choose to be grouped with. This is just like the real world. It prepared me to set a common goal with individuals that I may not have known well but I was able to walk away with calling them friends. This prepared me exactly for what the future in the real world would be like.”

“My capstone class had a project where we created a business from scratch, made a business plan, and wrote a whole report about the things we would do to run the business.”

“I completed projects and simulations that helped me gain real world experience. One example was acting as an audit firm that helped a client throughout the semester with a variety of questions they had. It involved research, preparation, and mock meetings that felt like real world situations. The professor provided helpful feedback at the end.”

“At Providence College, I was a double major in Management and Marketing with a minor in German. My management and marketing capstones really helped as I developed skills that were easily transferable in my first job as we spent a substantial amount of time doing competitive analyses and scoping out the market opportunity. Furthermore, we presented more in my last year at Providence College which was essential as I transitioned into a sales role out of college.”

“I was involved with the Student Managed Investment Fund course offered at Providence College, which was instrumental in providing real world, applicable skills that are needed in the finance industry. The professor was a practitioner in finance and urged everyone to treat the class like a job, as opposed to a typical collegiate course. It was one of the most useful courses I’ve taken that provided me with the tools and experience needed to demonstrate my knowledge of the financial markets in interviews, in my internships and on the job today.”

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Providence, RI 02918
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From Providence College School of Business:

The Liberal Arts Business School

At the Providence College School of Business, we are reshaping the landscape of business education. Our focus extends beyond conventional practices, equipping students with the essential skills to discover common ground, thoughtfully analyze options, and ethically contribute to collaborative solutions. Uniquely positioned as the sole U.S. college established and overseen by Dominican friars, we deeply understand the significance of meaning, connection, and purpose in both business and life. Rooted in the liberal arts, ur students immerse themselves in a dynamic, collaborative, and problem-solving approach, emerging not only as indispensable assets to employers but also experiencing personal fulfillment. And when you graduate, our strong alumni network will put out a welcome mat to the real world.

About Providence College

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 are ranked No. 1 in the competitive “Regional Universities North category” according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges,” and in the top 50 undergraduate business programs by Poets&Quants for Undergrads. 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.

A Different Kind of Business Education

At the Providence College School of Business, 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, they are ready to take on the challenges faced by businesses of all kinds. We know this because we see it every day.

Numerous Experiential Learning Opportunities

The 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.

From Discovery to Mission

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 Chirico Career Center 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.

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