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  • 10/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 1 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, hard-working and eclectic students will thrive at Providence College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you're getting yourself into. Really research the school and it's core ciriculum. If you are REALLY unsure of what you want to do (most are undeclared but have some idea what they want to do, at least major wise), this school may pose a bit of a problem. There are a lot of required classes, which takes away from time to complete the major. However, this is an incredible school that can offer you a unique education and a Catholic perspective. Most importantly, don't forget to visit! That is an absolutely crucial part of the college application process.

    Bang for the buck

    While I do know I'm getting a great education, I fail to see how tuition can be so expensive. If I was not getting financial aid/scholarships, I definitely couldn't afford to go here (and wouldn't). However, I do feel that if you really think something is lacking (in academics, social life, or any matter), and bring it up, the school will do their best to accommodate you. Also, the freshmen meal plan is currently unlimited for the same price as the 19-week-plan. Believe me... THAT is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a freshmen, I was worried about the transition - Don't be. Providence makes everything as easy as it can be, and there are plenty of resources (Orientation Leaders, Resident Assistants, ect) that are able to help you. There are plenty of activities on weekends and weeknights, such as trivia nights, bingo (it's a lot more intense than you think... and for prizes!), and group trips to popular restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory. The college is in an excellent location, and the school itself is beautiful with diverse, interesting students. The Slavin Center is brand new and features a gorgeous gym that overlooks the lawn, as well as the P.C Perk, a hangout spot where you can grab a coffee and relax with friends.

    Am learning a lot

    Development of Western Civilization, or Civ as we lovingly call it, is the school's crafty way of giving you a rounded education along with their other mandatory classes. While some consider Civ a huge hurdle due to it's amount of work and difficulty, I really do believe it shapes you as a student, and is vital information that makes an educated intellectual. Besides Civ, classes are exciting and there are many to choose from. However, some professors have accents that are hard to understand, and some classes perhaps give too much work.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On campus is completely safe. I've walked around campus alone at two in the morning and it's never an issue. I cannot say the same about off campus. Many parties are thrown in the residential area around campus. Upperclassmen generally rent these houses and throw parties which underclassmen attend. Whenever you go off campus keep a friend with you, I've known many people to get mugged in the surrounding areas on their way to/from a party.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything. If you can think of a club idea that they don't already have (which is difficult) get a few friends together and tell SAIL (they're in charge of clubs) and you can make it. Its that easy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every freshman and sophomore has to take the Development of Western Civilization (or civ) corse, which is pretty intense (class meets every day and it has more weight on your GPA than any other class). Anyway, on everyone takes the civ final exam in the same day, always a monday before all other exams. The night before campus goes crazy in an event called Civ Scream. As much as the administration hates it it cannot be stopped. Streaking, flaming towels and fireworks are all to be expected, but don't worry, no one gets hurt!

    Bang for the buck

    I love PC but the cost is pretty ridiculous. Get ready to pay a lot.

    What to do for fun

    The Providence Place mall is a short bus ride away and the bus will pick you up right from campus and PC students ride the bus for free! There are a number of nightclubs in the area and there are lots of parties in the houses surrounding campus on the weekends. Tons of campus events and a spring concert every year.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food there, honestly. I am a super picky eater and this is one of the reasons I chose PC. There are two dining halls, and most of your meals you will eat in Ray. Ray is a buffett with fresh cooked food like pasta, mashed potatoes, grilled cheese, chicken, french fries, pizza and handmade sandwiches. Every day the main corse changes but the staple foods (cereal, salad bar, ice-cream machine, chicken pasta, etc.) stay the same. There is always plenty to eat and THE BEST DESERTS!!

    Dorm Life

    The rooms aren't huge but the living options are good. The RAs in general are really nice and good at the job (i.e. if theres a broken toilet they get it fixed quickly and they don't snoop around in your dorm rooms!)

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging but professors are fair in grading and you learn a lot!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you get in, go to PC!!! There are all types of people here from all different backgrounds. Even though it is a Catholic school don't be intimidated. I am an agnostic atheist and I still love being at PC.

    In three sentences

    PC has the best environment I have ever seen! The students and faculty are excited to be there and have a genuine interest in education. The classes are challenging and fair.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We do have security guards 24/7, but their are always crime alerts from people walking off campus. The key is to walk in a big group and be careful.

    Greek Life

    Their is no Greek life because it is a Catholic school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The civ scream takes place once a year the night before sophomores take their Development of Western Civilization final exam. This class is a core that everyone must take their first two years of school and it is a lot to handle. When you are about to be finished with the class everyone gathers around in a huge circle on the quad and screams at midnight to get all of their frustration out before the final! It is very exciting!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is extremely expensive and they ask for more money from you all of the time which is ridiculous.

    What to do for fun

    Their are plenty of things that you can do for fun at Providence College. It is located in the middle of a city so you do have to be careful when you are walking around without a big group. The Providence Place Mall is very close and has many restaurants, stores, and a huge movie theater. Their are plenty of college bars right near the school and their is even a bar on campus called McPhails. Thayer street is a fun place to go to right near Brown and we have a shuttle that takes us their for free. The RIPTA is a bus that provides free transportation to all Providence College students by swiping our college ID card.

    Food and Dining

    The food in Raymond cafeteria is not very good. It is buffet style and they do have good meals every once in a while, but not often. The food in Slavin Hall is pretty good food, but it is not buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are so much fun to live in. The only issue that most of the students at Providence College have with the dorms is the parietal policy. This means that boys are not allowed in the girls' dorm room after 12 on weekdays and after 2 on weekends. They are very strict with this rule and it makes students feel like they are not free to make their own decisions.

    Academic Rigor

    Providence College students are challenged very much by their courses. It can be very difficult at times, but the professors are always their to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are ready to study hard and try to do research to figure out what careers you may be interested in before starting school. Their are a lot of core classes that need to be satisfied, which is attainable, but it does not leave you a lot of leeway.

    In three sentences

    Providence College is a great school to attend if you like a small environment. The students are friendly and mostly all of the professors get to know you on a one on one basis. The academics make you a well rounded person and although the core is a bit over the top you gain a lot of knowledge from all different aspects of education.

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are a bunch of officers but its an open campus and they don't really check to see whose on it.

    Greek Life

    does not exist. But you can join other schools sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    PC has a bunch of different clubs that focus on different things.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love getting involved, party, and like small schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The basement in the chapel is a really good place to study. It's really quiet plus they have a kitchen and you can cook there anytime.

    Bang for the buck

    Not really. The rooms should be bigger and the food should be better. The tuition is ridiculously high for the basic necessity not to be good.

    What to do for fun

    House parties almost all Fridays and Saturdays. Bunch of clubs in the city. Other than that you can chill in McPhails which sometimes has events and has a bar for 21+.

    Food and Dining

    Food in Ray sucks. Point blank. They try but they fail most of the time. Breakfast is the best meal and dinner is the worst.

    Dorm Life

    I live in McVinney and the rooms are the size of a jail cell but its located at the center of campus. Ray is all triples but the rooms are bigger and its right above of the dining hall. Meagher is triples with huge rooms but no one really knows about. Dore has all the types of rooms but they are on lower campus and usually most of multicultural people live there (i'm Hispanic and all my friends live there, i wish i did too)

    Academic Rigor

    Civ can easily help or kill your GPA. Professors differ on how hard they grade but usually science classes demand more time than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the surrounding area is what you are looking for. Also make sure the size of the school is right for you.

    In three sentences

    PC focuses a lot of attention on academics and it is very easy to find help. It isn't hard to make friends and the transition isn't difficult. The small student body makes it easy to get help from professors and to get involved.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none.

    Great for these types of students

    preppy.

    What to do for fun

    the mall is great. thayer street is so much fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    come visit! check to see if your credits transfer.

    In three sentences

    great school. kids here are nice. not much diversity.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is ample security and shuttle service as well as iron fence around the campus. i have never felt unsafe

    Clubs and Activities

    photography club founder campus ministry art department photographer

    What to do for fun

    we go on the campus bus to the downtown to shop or dine. we play tag football on the weekends and we make dinners and entetain other students as well. we are like a family and we treat each other that way as well. we also attend mass and volunteer at local youth centers.

    Food and Dining

    there are many options to pick from but i prefer to cook my own meals so i did not get the meal plan this year. i do have pc cash where i can get water soda snacks if i need to.

    Dorm Life

    there are a great deal of socializing in the dorms. the people are welcoming at providence college. i found that the adjustment to dorm life was hard but very worthwhile. this year i am in campus apartment with three girls from last year. that is a better option for me where we can cook and grocery shop and be independent but still be on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are very difficult and competitive but not impossible. western civ is required for the first 2 years but rally does help you to learn although it is tough as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would tell students to get involved in some activity associated with the campus that is out of your normal activities. this will help you to meet others and to help yourself to really stretch yourself.

    In three sentences

    providence college is a wonderful close community where education and community involvement is valued. my experience here as help me to grow both academically and spiritually.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 22

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many intramural activities, a great arts program, and you are nearby a beautiful city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all that the school has to offer. There are many ways to use one's own skills to succeed well in this school.

    In three sentences

    Providence College is a wonderful christian college that provides a gentle and peaceful atmosphere to study, as well as, energetic teachers who compel their students to strive hard.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Most of the campus security members are really nice and will do anything for you if you need it in a speedy fashion. However, it is very easy to enter the college, even if you aren't a student. Security acknowledges that and tells everyone to take every precaution necessary. Overall, with my past 3 years of being at Providence College, there have only been 1-2 records of theft. Anything that happens off-campus, however, is another story. If you stay on campus, you're safe. If you go off campus, make sure you go with a group, especially at night.

    Greek Life

    No official Greek Life. We have Greek life in terms of honor societies but there are no fraternities or sororities. There are certain clubs, however, that definitely party as if they were a fraternity or sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything from sports, to entertainment clubs, to humanity organizations, etc. There is something for everybody. If they do not have what you're looking for, you can create it. It takes approximately 2 years to get it approved. I am currently a part of the Knights of Columbus, Ballroom dancing club, Anime Club, National Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, and Sci-Fi club.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking for a great education, have great potential for financial aid or have a lot of money to put towards college, and like interacting with a lot of people in a short period of time, this is the school for you. This school is super clicky. If you wanna get ahead in campus life (or in real life), become friends with everyone you meet here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is a Private Catholic School. If it is a religious tradition, we probably do it. We have a church on campus that a lot of the community attends weekly and even daily.

    Bang for the buck

    Providence College is super expensive, but everything is well worth the money you spend. You get free laundry, free bus transportation, free shuttle transportation, free utilities and cable for all dorms (except off campus housing), free access to internet/wifi, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Parties off campus. This is the main form of fun for everyone on campus. There are a lot of events that occur on campus that people like to be a part of, such as Movie Nights, dances, improv shows, plays, musicals, concerts, etc. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Raymond Hall (the main cafeteria) has a little something for everyone. Some days are amazing, other days you feel like there was no point in coming. Raymond Hall uses a swipe system where, depending on your meal plan, you get a certain number of swipes a week in order to eat. It's all you can eat when you do choose to go. Not the best place to study, but if you're looking for a place to eat and can hang out with your friends for a little bit as a study break or to go in between classes. There is also PC Perk (soon to be an on campus Dunkin' Donuts). Coffee shop that is open till 10:00 p.m. every day during the weekdays. you can also get a quick lunch/dinner from here. They have very good panini's. You have to pay (either by cash, credit or by money given to you from your meal plan). This is a great place to study. Alumni Food Court is open all day everyday (till 2:00 a.m.). It also makes you pay by cash, credit or by meal plan bucks, but it is soooooo worth it. This is people's favorite place to eat because they have a wide selection of food and it is really good. The atmosphere is very calm and gives you a feeling of home. People go there to eat and study.

    Dorm Life

    All freshmen get the traditional dorm experience. Relatively small space and the only thing supplied is the furniture and the lights. Once you become a sophomore, you have a choice of getting a Suite or Apartment (both of which are amazing). Once a junior or senior, you can choose to get a Suite or Apartment, or you can choose to live off campus in one of the houses that are barely 1/4 mile from campus. The Traditional dorm life is nice because you get to know everyone and start making friends that way. All traditional dorms (with the exception of Fennel Hall) have public bathrooms that contain toilets, showers, sinks, mirrors, etc. The Suites have a kitchenette, 2-3 bedrooms (2-3 people per room), a living area, a vanity area, and 1-2 bathrooms. A fridge, microwave, and sink is supplied for the suite. You seriously live the Sweet/Suite life with this option. The Apartments are the same as Suites but they have a full Kitchen with a stove, fridge, sink, dishwasher, and pantry (note: no microwave). The typical transitions for students freshmen to senior years consist of Traditional ->Suites/Apartments->Suites/Apartments->Off-Campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any other school, the amount of time and work you put it depends on your major/minor as well as the teachers that you have for your classes. In terms of core curriculum, all students must take 4 semesters (2 years) of Development of Western Civilizations. This class is quite difficult because you are learning 5 different subjects (history, literature, art/music, philosophy, and theology) all within one class. This would be the one class that I foresee people finding difficulty with, but again, it depends on which teachers you get for the class. (Because of DWC, I would give this category 3.5 stars).

    Tips for prospective students

    Take initiative in all you do. When you get on campus, try to get involved with as many clubs and organizations as possible. Not only do you make friends quickly that way, but it also makes it easier to know members of the faculty and administration on campus. Just be mindful of your time management. It is very easy for anyone to get caught up in the activities of Providence College to get stressed out.

    In three sentences

    Providence College is an amazing place to be and I absolutely love it. Because it is so small (approx. 5,000 students), it is very easy to make friends and to get involved on campus. The campus itself is beautiful, it has everything that anyone could need within 10 miles of campus (including the Providence Place Mall), and it is a very respectable school in terms of academics (especially in education, business, and the sciences).

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 22

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    PC has a huge nightlife. That said, bars, clubs and house parties are a must! However we are not limited to hard parties. Providence Place Mall is a huge hangout for the majority of the campus with its hundreds of shops and movie theatre. Sports teams and concerts are also main attractions for weekend nights.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria is a good social scene and hangout spot. the food is nothing like mom's but you will go back to your room feeling full and happy. I would recommend the cafe's on campus, they put much more love into their dishes and you can definitely taste the difference!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not horrible! You have enough room to house all your cloths and shoes with excess space for all you knick-knacks. they are generally pretty clean and kept up to date by the maintenance staff and fix-it.

    Academic Rigor

    PC is as challenging as you make it. That said, there is no easy A but several easy F's. A good work mentality and drive will carry you a long way. Professors are very supportive and genuinely want you to succeed; if you go to office hours and make an initiative then you will receive the benefit of the doubt.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself. Join a club. Play a sport. Go to class. Remember what your parents taught you. Sleep is necessary. Assigned readings will not kill you. Attend athletic events. Listen to your heart.

    In three sentences

    Providence College is a home away from home. Lively students, dedicated teachers, and a buseling capital are only a few of the things you will find at PC. Providence College is a place that encourages all of it's students to thrive in their own individuality.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Heavy security to protect you from the surrounding dangers of the rough neighborhood but they can't protect you from your own stupidity.

    Greek Life

    Non existant

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone there are almost too many options!

    Great for these types of students

    Preppy small town students who like a small school with a community feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    JRW is the highlight of Junior year, Civ is a special kind of torture that binds PC students for the rest of their lives!

    Bang for the buck

    Same price as other schools but worth the money

    What to do for fun

    Providence is a fun small city there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Campus dining has its bad days but there is always something better i you Are willing to pay a little extra. Plus places deliver until 4 am so that's a big bonus.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year dorms are huge except for McVinny which is an experience of its own.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come early make friends online through the networking websites. Get involved!!

    In three sentences

    A great small school with amazing fun crazy people. The teachers care about you and when you put in the effort you WILL be rewarded. A great place to spend 4 years.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security everywhere! Just be careful at night off campus. Never be alone off campus at night!

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs, organizations, and intramural teams. Popular clubs Board of Programers, Friars Club, Intramural Executive Board, Urban Actions.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, Interactive, Involved, Outgoing, Driven

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Annual Golf Party and Ridiculous Fest!!! Only at PC!

    Bang for the buck

    Providence is a little pricy, but definitely worth every penny! There are also plenty of on campus jobs to make a little extra money!

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, on campus bar McPhail's for school sponsored events, going to downtown Providence, Providence Place Mall, sporting events (NCAA Basketball, Hockey, Soccer), local bars on the weekends, plenty more!

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining at Providence is convenient. I would not rate this very high. It is satisfactory. Not great, but not horrible. I was always able to find something to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I just wished there was more variety of better quality food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good. The dorms themselves might not be as top of the line as other schools, but the majority of the dorms are triples which makes them larger than most schools. I lived in a dorm my freshman and sophomore year and I loved it because of all of the social interactions it enabled! Highly recommended.

    Academic Rigor

    Providence College is as challenging as you make it. We have a rigorous honors program and Development of Western Civilization. You can always push yourself further to be challenged. However, the work is manageable and if you balance your time accordingly and use the resources available you will do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is key! If you prioritize studying and completing your work efficiently then you will have plenty of time for social/sporting/other events.

    In three sentences

    Providence College is where you want to be for four of the most important years of your life. You are balanced by a stimulating liberal arts academic curriculum, constant extracurricular activities such as intramural sports, volunteer opportunities or social events, and surrounded by friendly students always looking to engage in new conversation.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On Campus you will always be safe; our Safety and Security department is very active and present; however some of the streets and the surrounding community are the not the best places to be wandering around at night.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent

    Clubs and Activities

    All the clubs and activities PC offers is the best part about the school! There is something for everyone! Most PC students are very involved in extracurricular activities.

    What to do for fun

    Providence is just a quick RIPTA (bus) ride away and you can ride the RIPTA for free with your PC ID. Head into downtown Providence and go shopping, to the movies, or try out a new restaurant. Thayer Street is also a popular hang out spot for not only PC students but Brown Students as well. Lots of bars can also be found in the surrounding community.

    Dorm Life

    Some older Residence Halls could use updating; however, there are lots of new luxurious suites and apartments available to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Providence College offers a club, sport, and/or organization for everyone and is very willing to create a new club if you have support. It's a great way to meet friends and be an active member in our tight knit PC community.

    In three sentences

    Providence College is a primarily undergraduate, liberal arts, Catholic institution of higher education. Committed to fostering academic excellence through the sciences and humanities, the College provides a variety of opportunities for intellectual, social, moral, and spiritual growth in a supportive environment. Providence College prepares its students to be responsible and productive citizens to serve in their own society and the greater world community.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The PC campus is very different than the neighborhood in which it resides. All of the walkways are well-lit and I feel very safe on the campus. However, off-campus is a different story. Never go anywhere at night alone.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent

    Clubs and Activities

    There are dozens of clubs and organizations on campus including Outdoor Adventure Club, Colleges Against Cancer, Ballroom Dancing, and more. The Campus Ministry also organizes activities and clubs such as retreats and Hospital Outreach.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tunnels under the buildings on lower campus because it was formerly a mental hospital. They're closed off now due to the ceilings collapsing.

    Bang for the buck

    Since it is a private college, the tuition is a bit higher than at a state school; however, the class sizes are small so each student can have more individual attention from the professors. Also, there are a lot of services that are added into the tuition including bus fare.

    What to do for fun

    The bus stop is right outside the the entrance to the school and all PC students ride for free. The Providence Place Mall is about a ten minute bus ride from campus. There is a shuttle to Thayer St, where there are a lot of shops and restaurants. It's also fun to walk around the Brown University campus with a PC sweatshirt on and watch all the students give you strange looks. Furthermore, there are dozens of clubs on campus which are always holding events throughout the week. Finally, PC is well known for athletics. They are a Division 1 school, so all the sports are very competitive. The only sport students have to pay to attend is men's basketball, which is played at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. If you're not a Division 1 athlete (like most of the students), there are tons of intramurals (from inner-tube water polo to softball).

    Food and Dining

    The food is definitely better than the high school cafeteria. There are two cafeterias on campus. Between the two, there's a lot of choices.

    Dorm Life

    There's nothing truly special about the dorms (at least the freshmen ones). They are the traditional rooms. Bed, desk, bulletin board and closet/bureau are provided. However, I must add that the top floors of McVinney have some of the best views in Providence.

    Academic Rigor

    PC has a very strong when it comes to the humanities majors, so if you're looking to study history or English, this is definitely a school you should check out. Everyone is required to take Development of Western Civilization. It's a mixture of history, literature, theology, and philosophy and is taught be multiple professors. There's a lot of reading involved, but the class in general is very intriguing and thought-provoking. Furthermore, as a biology major, I can proudly say that I am impressed with the biology department here. The professors are knowledgeable and are always willing to put in the extra time to help a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early action if you can. It's non-binding and you'll know if you're accepted in January. Although PC is a Catholic school, being Catholic is not a requirement and there is no pressure to participate in religious activities on campus. Have fun! There are a lot of activities sponsored by various clubs on the weekends and most of them are free.

    In three sentences

    PC is strong not only in sports, but also academics. There is a lot of effort put into ensuring that the campus is safe as well as beautiful. There's a very strong sense of community and belonging throughout the school.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    PC security officers are competent and respectful. Should any incidents occur off-campus, we are immediately notified via e-mail. The blue light system is used here, and there is an escort service provided should students wish to feel safe when walking back to their dorm at night. The Office of Safety and Security never closes, and their service is discrete and prompt.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities and sororities at Providence College. It is Catholic college administered by the Dominican Order.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are numerous and are quite popular. Meetings are typically once a week depending on the club, with each club putting on one major event at least once per semester. Check out the Campus Ministry Open House and General Involvement Fair to find your place on-campus.

    Great for these types of students

    At its worst, Providence College is criticized for mostly having one-dimensional, preppy white students. This has changed in recent years, and the increase of diversity at PC has been a welcome change. The Unity Center in the student union (Slavin Center) recently opened, and we have a rich presence of international students from all over the world. The Campus Ministry Center offers a wonderful place for amicable, service-minded students to find opportunities to share their talents and meet friends. The free food makes this venue a popular place to study.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each spring, on the evening before final exams for Development of Western Civilization, (core curriculum staple) students gather on the upper quad for Civ Scream, where students gather en masse to vent their exhaustion from studying by being a part of or simply watching a number of hi-jinks and stunts. Get there early, bring a folding chair or stool, or watch from the surrounding buildings with binoculars. After all, some sights certainly are not worth missing...

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition has certainly increased in recent years, but the college is compensating by increasing opportunities for merit and need-based scholarships. PC offers a liberal arts education which becomes very valuable when combined with such areas as business and science. From the perspective of the education paying for itself later, given the respect that the name Providence College carries, expect great things provided you're willing to work for them.

    What to do for fun

    This is a very subjective question, and I will in the best way to appeal to all my readers. Providence is a richly diverse city full of things to do, from visiting Providence Place Mall to eating Italian food on historic Federal Hill to catching the Brown University scene on College Hill and Thayer St. The college puts on great programming that ranges from laser tag to movie nights to theme nights at the on-campus bar to trivia nights. There are a number of clubs and organizations that put on great events influenced by their area of interest. If one is looking to have fun off-campus (but not too far) look no farther than the off-campus apartments nearby. There are many options for dancing, meeting people, and various other activities at house parties. The surrounding neighborhood has all the services expected, and we are quite close to Amtrak and Walmart. PC students get free use of RIPTA buses, the principal public transportation in Rhode Island.

    Food and Dining

    Since I was a freshman in 2009, food services have improved considerably. The traditional, buffet style dining hall offers rotating meals at several stations, along with always having the staples such as grilled cheese, grilled chicken, hamburgers w/fries, create-your-own pasta dish, and sandwiches. Soy milk is readily available, and the coffee and tea stations are very good. Yes, there are to-go cups. If you have very little time between classes, you can elect to get a pre-made to-go meal instead of going into the dining hall. Regarding the a la carte dining hall, stations include: grill, Mexican cuisine, pizza, sandwiches, and sushi. As of this fall, Dunkin' Donuts has arrived on-campus!

    Dorm Life

    The college dorms are comfortable and safe ranging from traditional housing to apartments and suites. Traditional dorms include singles, doubles, triples, and quads. Apartments/suites are either four or six people, with the option to overcrowd by one. Freshman dorm life is exactly what it should be, don't worry!

    Academic Rigor

    Beginning with the current Class of 2016, the college's core curriculum has been revamped to allow each student more flexibility in how they transform themselves through their education. The core is rigorous, but reasonable as long as students keep up with reading. There are a diverse range of majors throughout arts/sciences and business, including unique majors such as Global Studies and Public and Community Service.

    Tips for prospective students

    The college does not require interviews, but if your school brings in a representative from PC Office of Admissions, it would be wise to attend such a session so the admissions counselor has an association between your name and face when perusing your application. Applying by the Early Action deadline greatly increases the chances of winning a merit-based scholarship, and in recent years the number of available scholarships have increased considerably. Take advantage of campus tours or a day visit with our Admissions Ambassadors.

    In three sentences

    This college is the premiere place to learn how to think critically and write proficiently. PC creates opportunities for their students through a well-connected Alumni network that is deeply concerned for the welfare of current students and recent graduates. It is a medium size college with a family-like atmosphere that from my experience exists nowhere else.

  • 12/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No Greek Life here

    What to do for fun

    Always something to do on campus. You'll never be bored. Downtown is only 10 minutes away and there are awesome restaurants. Thayer St is a great place for college students. Tons of stores and places to visit.

    Food and Dining

    The food is a lot better than most schools. Always a lot of variety and the dining staff try to make things fun with cupcake bars, grilled cheese stations, brunches till 1:45 on the weekends, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well-maintained.

    Academic Rigor

    The hardest part as a freshman/sophomore is the Development of Western Civilization program. You take it for two years and it has more weight on your GPA than other classes. Focuses on history, theology, and philosophy all in one. The reading load can get overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school looks for a lot of community service and academics. Don't worry so much about SAT's since this is a test-optional school.

    In three sentences

    Love the environment of the school. Always something going on and you can become very involved on campus. The school has a cozy feeling.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ready to study hard!

    In three sentences

    I love Providence College, the faculty and staff is absolutely incredible and you can tell that they all really care about the students. The Civ program is sort of a hassle but I think that it is worth it because

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 22

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Providence is a great city with lots to do. Public transportation is free.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and you will make a ton of friends.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Lots of activitivities and outstanding fitness center. Very clean. Fun night life.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food here is great

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great

    Academic Rigor

    The Rigor keeps moving

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety and security is there for us 24/7. The team is always ready to respond to any kind of situation.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent, sorry.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school offers a wide range of student-led clubs which put together activities and social gatherings.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition price is definitely not worth it, but the school tends to give good financial aid to students who need it.

    What to do for fun

    The college is located in a city surrounded by other schools and there are lots of things to do for fun. The school offers free rides to the mall and Thayer street to all students.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the main cafeteria is pretty hit or miss. The staff is great, but I just wish I could say the same about the food. Their are little options.

    Dorm Life

    Guaranteed housing is offered. The doubles and singles run pretty small, but the triples and apartments on campus are ice sizes.

    Academic Rigor

    The course work is challenging yet manageable. It mainly just depends on the professor, but most are friendly and inviting.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Well lit campus, always people around including security. Stay on campus though cuz the city itself can be a little rough.

    Greek Life

    No clue! No time as a freshman!

    Clubs and Activities

    Flag football is really all I have had time for! Classes and homework first! I do hope to play intramural softball in the Spring

    Great for these types of students

    Providence is great for the serious student who is willing to go above and beyond to get the best education possible.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Love that Sunday Mass can be attended at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night! Love to sleep in on Sundays!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive so be sure you have the right reasons for coming to Providence. Make a plan and work your plan to be the best you can be!

    What to do for fun

    Be open to new things, meet new people, and participate in events to get to know your college, the students, the staff and your new community. Take advantqge of opportunities to grow. Be a part of it all!

    Food and Dining

    Good food and some healthy choices. Wish more fresh fruit and vegetables were available. Widh my mom cooked here!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is crowded and a little noisy. I have gotten used to going to the library to do my work.. My roommates are great and I have met some really nice people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are top notch and can be tough. The profs are happy to help if they know you are trying. Gotta be in every class, every time it meets. Stay focused!

    Tips for prospective students

    Academics need to come first. Time management is everything! Stay on top of your work.

    In three sentences

    Excellent school with a beautiful campus and great people. Classes are tough with a good deal of work, but people are there to support you. So pleased to have applied and been accepted. Great place!

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The safety officers at Providence are very helpful and friendly.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at Providence College.

    Clubs and Activities

    For a small college, PC has a wide variety of clubs and activities for students to participate in. Students can get involved in music, arts, sports, and other types of activities.

    Bang for the buck

    Providence College is not a cheap school. However, the education that you will receive here is worth every penny, especially if you can qualify for financial aid or a scholarship.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of different clubs at Providence. Intramural sports are a big part of campus life. The city of Providence is only a 5 minute bus ride away and there students can go to the Providence Place mall, restaurants, Thayer Street, and other entertainments the city has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    As a smaller school, there are only a few dining areas on campus. The main dining hall is acceptable but not exceptional. However, the restaurant scene in the city of Providence is incredible.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are gradually being updated. There are a variety of living options on campus: traditional dorms, suites, and apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Providence College has small classes, great professors, and for the extra challenge, its Liberal Arts Honors Program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely go visit campus and get a tour. Providence's tour guides are students who give the best college tour you will go on.

    In three sentences

    Providence College is a small, Catholic institution in Providence, Rhode Island. It has great academics that feature a core liberal arts education for all majors. Providence also has the excitement of Division I sports and access to a big city.

  • 07/21/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    22 of 22

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    What to do for fun

    While I was there I heard that the sports events are always really fun. The school has loads of fun events throughout the year as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask about what you can do with the student id - there are lots of things you can use it for that make life so much easier.

    In three sentences

    Medium sized school in Providence, Rhode Island. Lots of opportunities and activities available to students. Academics can't be beat and school pride is evident and infectious.