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Location
Providence, RI
Undergrads
3,791
Tuition
$42,206
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Students work very hard at PC. Academics are challenging.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some professors are better than others. Some professors have no interest in keeping students involved or engaged but simply getting through the material.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Many of my teachers thus far have been caring, passionate, and straightforward. There is a lot expected of students here, so the workload can be a bit much at times; however, it has all been worth it. At first many of the classes were review of high school for me, but as I took classes in more abstract subjects like theology or philosophy, I really began to appreciate the value of a liberal arts education. The Civ program is great if you have the right professors. It has been an invaluable experience for me so far, and I look forward to continuing in it. Registration is a bit of a struggle, though, especially for underclassmen. PC has so many core requirements, and around 2 or 3 classes each semester for each core (depending on the subject) that the registration process is very competitive. Sometimes kids are still finishing cores in the second semester of their junior year, which is a little late.

College Freshman

Academics: I haven't been declared long enough to know.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are pretty competitive compared to some other schools. Development of Western Civilization (Civ) is the epitome of the liberal arts education at PC and is very demanding and not standardized across all classes, but gives you a really in depth look into history, theology, philosophy, and literature from the ancient world to the modern day. The core curriculum is demanding as well, with quite a few requirements. Registration is stressful because your entire class is trying to get on the same website on the crappy internet at the same exact moment, but it all works out after a while. the workload is heavy, but manageable. The tutoring center is really helpful, and you can pretty much study anywhere.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 856th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 866th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 890th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 982nd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 1017th
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Hometown
Groton, CT
Major
English/Business
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The students of Providence College have spilt-personality disorders. Monday through Friday, earnest, eager-to-learn scholars diligently devote themselves to edifying endeavors. Then, with dismissal from their last class of the week, a Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation occurs. Students who study hard during the week and party harder during the weekend matriculate PC. Professors at PC, although varying in teaching style, all possess a genuine concern for their students, often going above and beyond the average to make themselves accessible. Like all colleges, professors and their classes cover the entire spectrum, from liberal and eccentric, to conservative and traditional.

While most major courses are stimulating, core classes can be tedious and downright painful. A unique and central experience for the PC student is the Development of Western Civilization course (Civ). Requiring you to attend class five days a week for four consecutive semesters can seem, at first, a legal means of torture that somehow slipped past the founding fathers when drafting the Bill of Rights. However, the program is not some remnant of medieval torture passed down in the Dominican tradition since the time of St. Thomas Aquinas, but a comprehensive examination of Western civilization since its dawn in Mesopotamia a millennia ago continuing into the modern age. Civ not only gives PC students the thread to unravel the tapestry of civilization, but also allows them to view the weaving of at least four disciplines (literature, history, philosophy, and theology) into one course, an impressive undertaking not available at most colleges. Although Civ may be a challenge, it is one every PCer is proud to have completed. It remains a core class whose legacy continues long after you are “done with Civ.” Another boon of Providence academics is the notable lack of teaching assistants. A professor teaches every class, and students will find competing with difficult accents to be nearly nonexistent.

 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
273
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
175
Total FT Faculty
273
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$81,549
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Transfer-Out Rate
4%
Graduation Rate
87%
Programs/Majors Offered
72
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 48%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 49%
  • 50 or More Students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other: 4%
  • History, General: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Aquinas Lounge
  • Campus Ministry Center
  • Library
  • Slavin Center
  • St. Dominic's Chapel
Tips to Succeed
  • Always have a back-up for your schedule choices; come registration morning, you'll need it.
  • Ask friends about professors before scheduling classes.
  • Check your e-mail all the time.
  • Don't be afraid to explore different subjects; you have to fulfill core anyway.
  • Get AIM+ or Dead AIM (to check drunken IM log).
  • Get all your work done in the afternoon, then nap so you can go out at night.
  • Schedule classes at times you'll actually go.
  • Smile and say hi; don't worry, we'll all wave back.
Did You Know?
  • Just feel like skipping Development of Western Civilization class? No problem! Audio tapes of Civ lectures are available for students to listen to, whether you missed class or just want to make sure you got that date right for the next quiz.
  • There is no such thing as a teacher's assistant teaching a class at Providence College.
  • At midnight the night before finals begin, underclassmen gather on the quad to release some of the stress of finals at the annual "Civ Scream." Amidst the streakers, water balloons, and eggs flying out of dorm windows, you can hear the cry, "Civ Sucks!"
  • Freshmen and sophomores only take four classes a semester because Development of Western Civilization meets Monday through Friday and is worth five credits per semester.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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