Diversity

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

Diversity: PC made an initiative by awarding scholaships to enhance diversity. As an African American attending a Catholic school with Caucasian being the majority, I could tell that there was an effort made from when I visited and my first year as a freshman.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body itself isn't very diverse, and most students are white, upper middle-class, conservative, Catholic/Christian, and heterosexual. However, the majority of people I have encountered are very accepting of diversity and those who are different from them.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There's not much diversity but the students are accepting of those who are.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Providence College is not a very diverse college. It is a predominantly white, Catholic campus. Recently the college has been putting an emphasis on diversity, but in an incredibly forced way. Students are being admitted to the college solely based on race or socioeconomic status, and this has been harmful because it has created tension among students. It is important to remember that the majority of kids who enroll here are white, upper middle class, conservative Catholic high school graduates. It has a reputation as a school for the privileged and, despite the college's efforts to change this, I don't see this changing in the near future. As a graduate of a large, diverse public high school, the transition from high school to college has been difficult to adjust to in terms of diversity.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not too diverse, typically white northeasterners, catholic

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Hometown
Groton, CT
Major
English/Business
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Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines, or Lilly? This fairly simple question examines the extent of diversity at PC. The majority of the student body is Caucasian and Christian. The lack of diversity at PC is noted by everyone, and while some think it creates a comfortable surrounding, many long for a more diverse campus.

Providence College administration, spurred by concern vocalized by the student body, has made increased racial, ethnic, geographic and socio-economic diversity on campus a main goal. Being a tuition-driven school, PC cannot provide all of the scholarships necessary to bring immediate diversification, but it continues to work towards this end, as the College believes that global awareness and acceptance is one of the key elements that a well-rounded student must embody. Even with these efforts, diversity remains poor at Providence College. The Balfour Center for Multicultural Affairs helps increase diversity awareness on campus by sponsoring activities and promoting all cultures, and there are numerous ethnic clubs on campus such as African American Club, Asian Club, Gaelic Society, and Amigos Unidos.

 

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
4%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
76%
Unknown
11%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
91%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 6%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
40%
Male Faculty
60%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 89%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
PC is very accepting of its gay community and even has clubs such as SHEPARD to increase awareness, tolerance, and acceptance of gays. RAs usually participate in a SafeZone program as well.
Political Activity
Providence College is home to both democrats and republicans, liberals and conservatives. The campus lacks political protests, although some members of the student body are extremely active in politics.
Economic Status
PC students are typically from middle- or upper-class economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism. Pastoral Services and the Chaplain’s Office direct numerous programs on and off campus for multiple faiths.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Although PC isn't very diverse, there is a club for just about every ethnicity on campus. The African American Club, Asian American Club and Gaelic Society are three noticeably active clubs on campus that sponsor events under the BMSA (Board of Multicultural Student Affairs) banner.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 31 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 16% Conservative
  • 19% Moderate
  • 35% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 26% Very conservative
  • 35% Conservative
  • 13% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 3% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 32 responses

  • 25% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 41% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 28% Very accepting.

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