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Fast Facts & Statistics

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Students

Total Student Population = 4,874 (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Continuing Education)
Male = 2,160 (44%)
Female = 2,714 (56%)

Geographic Origin of Undergraduate Students (4,306)

Rhode Island = 608 (14%)
Other New England = 2,241 (52%)
Other United States = 1,345 (31%)
Int’l/US Territories = 112 (3%)

Graduation and Retention Rates

4-year Graduation Rate (2013 Cohort) 80%
5-year Graduation Rate (2012 Cohort) 84%
6-year Graduation Rate (2011 Cohort) 84%

Undergraduate Majors by School (4,598)*

School of Arts & Sciences = 1,814 (39%)
School of Business = 1,757 (38%)
School of Professional Studies = 457 (10%)
Undeclared = 370 (8%)
Individualized/General Studies = 4 (<1)
School of Continuing Education (no certificates) = 196 (4%)
*includes double majors; does not include 9 special students

Top 8 Majors – Undergraduate – Spring 2018

1-Finance
2-Marketing
3-Biology
4-Management
5-Accountancy
6-Psychology
7-Health Policy & Management
8-Elementary/Special Education

Faculty

Full-time Faculty = 314
Male = 191 (61%)
Female = 123 (39%)
Tenured/Tenure-track = 267 (85%)
With terminal degrees = 284 (90%)
Dominican faculty = 14

Miscellaneous

  • Student/Faculty Ratio 12:1
  • Average class size = 20
  • Study abroad programs = 300+
  • Class of 2017 graduates employed and/or attending graduate school = 98%
  • PC has consistently been ranked among the top five regional (north) universities according to U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”
  • PC was selected as a recipient of the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. PC earned this prestigious honor for its Global Studies Program, an innovative educational experience that focuses on internationalization.
  • PC has been routinely chosen to the Corporation for National and Community Service President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. To be named to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty, and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
  • PC was the first higher education institution in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in Public and Community Service Studies.
  • The school competes in 8 men’s and 11 women’s varsity sports, all at the Division I level, with membership in the NCAA, the BIG EAST Conference, the HOCKEY EAST Association, and the Eastern Collegiate Atlantic Conference.

Profile of the PC Class of 2021

Enrolled Freshman Class of 2021
The 1,050 freshmen represent continued academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.

  • Average grade point average of 3.43 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Approximately 39% graduated from high school in the top 10% of their class and 62% fell within the top 20%.
  • Average SAT score (middle 50% of the entire enrolled class) was 590-660 for the critical reading, 580-670 for math, and 590-660 for writing. The middle 50% range on the ACT for the entire enrolled class is 26-30.
  • 220 participated in student government (63 were class or council presidents), 927 participated in athletics (419 captains), 267 participated in theatre/music/art, 68 participated in newspaper/radio/yearbook/literary journal, and 764 took part in community service during high school.
  • 17% of the class are students of color.