Founded in 1917 by the Dominican Friars, Providence College is a Catholic, Dominican liberal arts institution located in the city of the same name in Rhode Island. PC offers 52 major fields of study and was the first college in the nation to offer a bachelor's degree in Public and Community Services Studies. Students are required to take courses on philosophy and theology, but Providence "seeks to reflect the rich diversity of the human family." The 105-acre campus features the Center for Orientation, Transitions & Leadership, First-Year Housing and Special Interest Housing Cohorts (which all enforce strict parietals), and multiple places to pray.
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Love the environment of the school. Always something going on and you can become very involved on campus. The school has a cozy feeling.
Kristal from Swampscott, MA
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.
Trevor from Providence, RI
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.
Anonymous from Lakeville, MA
The overall physical appearance of the school is lovely. The school body seems friendly, the guide on my visit seemed very knowledgable. The atmosphere seems to have an open, fun social setting and good school spirit.
Emily from Morris Plains, NJ
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.
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!
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.