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Fast Facts & Statistics

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Students

Total Student Population = 4,680 (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Continuing Education)
Male = 2,012 (43%)
Female = 2,668 (57%)

Geographic Origin of Undergraduate Students (4,133)

Rhode Island = 601 (15%)
Other New England = 2,147 (52%)
Other United States = 1,279 (31%)
Int’l/US Territories = 106 (3%)

Graduation and Retention Rates

4-year Graduation Rate (2009 Cohort) 81%
5-year Graduation Rate (2009 Cohort) 84%
6-year Graduation Rate (2009 Cohort) 85%

Undergraduate Majors by School (4,392)*

School of Arts & Sciences = 1,885 (43%)
School of Business = 1,545 (42%)
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

Top 8 Majors – Undergraduate – Spring 2015

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

Faculty

Full-time Faculty = 318
Male = 189 (59%)
Female = 129 (41%)
Tenured/Tenure-track = 271 (85%)
With terminal degrees = 290 (91%)
Dominican faculty = 24

 

 

Miscellaneous

  • Student/Faculty Ratio 12:1
  • Average class size = 20
  • Study abroad programs = 300+
  • Students conducting research outside of course requirements = 40 percent
  • 2015 graduates who were employed, attending graduate school, or participating in full-time volunteer service within six months of graduation = 94%
  • 2015 graduates (who reported working full-time) were working in their desired fields = 93%
  • 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.”
  • The PC School of Business (PCSB) currently serves 42% of undergraduate day school students and 32% of graduate students as of fall 2017
  • 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 2020

Enrolled Freshman Class of 2020
The 1,055 freshmen represent continued academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.

  • Average grade point average of 3.41 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%.
  • 9 valedictorians and 8 salutatorians
  • Average SAT score (middle 50% of the entire enrolled class) was 510-610 for the critical reading, 520-630 for math, and 510-620 for writing. The middle 50% range on the ACT for the entire enrolled class is 23-28.
  • Most popular majors are biology, marketing, management, finance,  accountancy, psychology, political science, economics, and elementary/special education.
  • 190 participated in student government (40 were class or council presidents), 877 participated in athletics (379 captains), 266 participated in theatre/music/art, 114 participated in newspaper/radio/yearbook/literary journal, and 781 took part in community service during high school.
  • 16.2% of the class is of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American (AHANA) descent.
  • 15% of the class are first-generation college students.