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Providence College

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Be transformed. That’s the invitation and promise offered by Providence College to 3,800 undergraduates each year. It’s an invitation for students to find themselves and their direction in life, and to thrive in an environment that challenges them on every level: mind and body, heart and soul. It’s a promise inspired by the Dominican Friars, a Catholic religious order dedicated to the pursuit of truth and to a spirituality that embraces the whole person. This spirit permeates a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and sustains a vibrant campus community. The result is a values-based education that transforms students and, ultimately, the society in which they live. The only college or university in the nation operated by the Dominican Friars, Providence College welcomes qualified men and women of all religious, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. PC is committed to increasing need-based financial aid and does not require that SAT or ACT test scores be submitted as part of the admission process. The Committee on Admission conducts a holistic review that considers each candidate’s academic achievement in a rigorous high school curriculum, extracurricular activities, recommendations, a writing sample, and personal qualities. The PC experience is characterized by collaborative teaching and active learning. Interdisciplinary thinking begins with the two-year Development of Western Civilization Program, a key part of a Core Curriculum that challenges all freshmen and sophomores to seek truth by asking difficult questions, challenging conventional wisdom, and defending their conclusions. Through such intellectual pursuits, students learn how to reason well, to examine sources critically, to reconcile opposing points of view, and to write and speak effectively. Students choose academic majors in disciplines that range from the arts and sciences to the new School of Business, education, and interdisciplinary majors such as global studies and public and community service studies. Pre-professional advisors assist students pursuing careers in medicine and law. For students unsure about a major, faculty in the Undeclared Advising Program provide guidance. Beyond the classroom, students collaborate with faculty in many creative ways: from on-campus laboratory research of cancer receptors to field trips in the tropical rain forests of Belize; from sociological studies on homelessness to independent research into presidential elections. PC offers study abroad opportunities through its Center for International Studies and internship options with the Office of Career Services. In residence halls and classrooms, on the playing fields, through Campus Ministry and more than 100 other extracurricular activities, students are involved with each other and their community. PC boasts a rich tradition of intercollegiate and intramural athletics. Friar teams compete in top NCAA Division I conferences including the BIG EAST and HOCKEY EAST. PC takes pride in the suburban feel of its 105-acre campus, located in Rhode Island’s historic capital city. In the last 12 years, the College has invested more than $165 million in capital projects including construction of a fitness center, a suite-style residence hall, a performing arts center, an artificial-turf field, and a campus chapel. Renovations to existing facilities have created a new science complex with spacious biology, chemistry, and physics labs significantly expanding opportunities for faculty and students to collaborate on research projects traditionally associated with research-based universities. Other improvements include numerous multi-media classrooms and enhanced services and amenities at the campus library, student center, dining halls, and other learning and living areas. Direct flights from T.F. Green Airport reach over 20 destinations nationwide and bus and train transportation make Providence easily accessible to major cities in the Northeast, including Boston and New York.

Key Data

School Type: Campus
Degrees Offered:
Student Life
Enrolled Students: 4,967
Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Annual Cost
In State Tuition: $33,120
Out of State Tuition $33,120
Books and Supplies $900
Students with Financial aid:** 79%
  • ** Refers to % of students receiving some form of financial aid
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