Providence, RI
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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.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Although the classes can be kind of difficult with a bit of a workload, I definitely feel like I am learning a lot and the professors are great for the most part.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Picking classes is like the hunger games, whoever types in the class numbers the fastest wins. Fight to the death. Advisors do not advise, they fail at their ONE job. The library and the ruane study room are great places to study, but sometimes very hard to find room. Professors are for the most part great, DEFINITELY recommend looking at rate my professor before choosing classes. Workload is definitely manageable, but this is coming from a student from a rigorous and very challenging high school, one of the top high schools in the state of California. The curriculum is ridiculous, there are lots of required courses but this is a religious liberal arts school so that is to be expected.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The Psychology department does a great job of preparing us for our future. The other Psychology students provide research experiments that help other students get the idea of how a proper experiment will be conducted. There are constant newsletters, emails and reminders of internship opportunities, applications and guest speakers.


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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
Groton, CT
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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.


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Programs/Majors Offered
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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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