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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: While some of the dorms are outdated, many of the upperclassmen housing and all of the academic and student buildings are either brand new or renovated.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: During my time in campus I have encountered students and staff that are very friendly especially when walking to class, I have heard from others that when they visited other schools their encounter with individuals within the campus was not the same.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I surrounded myself with a great group of friends and kept myself active with events that the campus hosted.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Really beautiful campus with most notable buildings being Ruane and Harkins.

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Facilities: Students, facilities, social scene, academics


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 145th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 146th
    Best Student Centers
  • 379th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 860th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1068th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Groton, CT
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Every year seems to be a year of renewal for Providence College. Students eagerly anticipate new structures and edifices upon return each September. Everyone has grown accustomed to the new restaurant-style look of Raymond Dining Hall, and in 2005, the interior of the Smith Center for the Fine Arts was erected, and students arrived to find a masterpiece that hopefully will originate many other masterpieces within its walls. The campus also boasts suite-style living, something that everyone tries to inhabit each year. PC students will also make sure to tell anyone in the first five minutes of chatting that their school has a state-of-the-art gym, the Concannon Fitness Center. Here, two stories of exerciser’s paradise are constantly in use by students and faculty alike. Alongside the fitness center is a turf field, which hides PC’s parking garage. The field is always busy with lacrosse practices, field hockey games, and evening intramural matches.

The Phillips Memorial Library has also been completely renovated and sports two Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired floors filled with couches, tables, and the second largest electronic database access in the state. Having received two national architectural awards for its design, PC’s library is the center for intellectual activity on campus, and a place of study that students actually don’t mind being at. The Slavin Center will be an eco-friendly building powered by solar panels and will house a late-night coffee and snack bar, various 24/7 informal gathering spaces, and 7,700 square feet of space in which students will be able to watch movies, check their e-mail, and sit and chat with their friends, among other things. Providence administration deserves a round of applause for addressing the needs of the student body by building and refurbishing the campus in a rather short period of time. The campus will now be filled with the hustle and bustle of merry students who are comfortable in their surroundings and find their needs met at every corner.


Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
105 acres
Student Centers
Slavin Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Phillips Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Alumni Hall Cafeteria
  • McPhails
  • The quad
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Jazzman's Café, lower campus
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but there are outdoor movies on Slavin lawn occasionally.
School Slang
  • Angel: Internal Internet site used by teachers to post grades, message boards, and assignments.
  • Aquinas Chapel: No longer utilized chapel that is becoming a favorite place for study.
  • BOP: Board of Programmers, organizes most of the on-campus events.
  • Bursar: Office where you go for new ID cards and for tuition issues.
  • Cyberfriar: PC's banner Web site used for registration, grades, and other records.
  • Fishbowl: The all-glass room in Slavin Center.
  • The Fountain: Located on lower campus, hidden and discreet, there are rumors of "baptisms" occurring here.
  • Friars: Members of a club on campus that give tours, noted for their highly coveted, über-cool white blazers; also, the Dominican Friars who run the school.
  • HDs: Hall Directors, run dormitories on campus.
  • Hollywood: The coolest Security Guard on campus.
  • The Lion's Den: McDermott Residence Hall.
  • The New Quad: The new quad in front of the Smith Fine Arts Center-is now the place to be on campus.
  • The Quad: Area that should be grassy but isn't; in front of Aquinas Hall.
  • Ray: Raymond Hall cafeteria.
  • The Scowl: The yearly April Fool's newspaper put out by the school newspaper The Cowl.
  • Slay: Slavin Center containing Student Center, McPhails, and Alumni Food Court.
  • The Tunnels: Intricate set of underground tunnels connecting buildings on lower campus.
  • UA: Urban Action, a volunteer community service organization.
  • The Clam Jam: The Clam Jam is an annual event coordinated by BOP. Held on Hendricken field there is food, games, and music. It is key to stop by the Clam Jam even if it is just en route to going out. There are alcoholic beverages for those with proper ID, but many get around that by pre-gaming before they go. It's a great way to start off the year, kick off the weekend, and spend a fun night on campus.
  • Junior Ring Weekend: Junior Ring Weekend is better known as JRW and is the culmination of a year long preparation by the JRW Core. The entire weekend is themed and focuses around the junior class receiving their class rings. While JRW events begin the end of sophomore year with Ring Premiere, the real fun is the weekend that epitomizes the junior year at PC. Nothing compares to JRW, except maybe the week-long events of graduation. Friday night of this weekend is better known as Club Night, where the junior class and their dates head out to a club rented out specifically for them. The following night is Formal Night, another opportunity to dress to the nines. The class is taken to a secret location, usually a banquet hall or hotel ballroom, where they proceed to relive Club Night, only in formal attire. Sunday's ceremonies include a mass, where the rings are blessed and distributed, and brunch. Everyone looks forward to JRW, stresses over getting a date, and knows what they will wear practically by the end of freshman year.
  • Late-Night Madness: Once called Midnight Madness, this event marks the official start to the basketball season, which at PC, is a big deal. The night is spent in the Mullaney gym awaiting the strike of 12 when the basketball teams can officially begin practice sessions. Midnight Madness usually sports a variety of entertainment acts including games, music, free T-shirts, and the Pep Band. The cheerleaders and dance team both do a routine, although the latter is always better than the former. Since PC is so big on sports and school spirit, this is a must-attend event.
  • Mr. PC: Mr. PC isn't just like any other beauty pageant. It gives the women of PC, who do outnumber the men, a chance to oogle some of PC's finest specimens. Annually, one male will be crowned Mr. PC after displaying casual style, a talent, formal wear, and answering a question put to them by the judges. Mr. PC was once graciously hosted by Dennis Haskins, better known as Saved by the Bell's Mr. Belding. Mr. PC always promises a few laughs, even if they aren't accompanied by a "Hey-hey-hey, what's going on here?" from television's favorite principal.
  • Newport Trip: The Newport Trip is availble to incoming freshman for a fee of about $25. Labor Day, while all the returning students are cramming on to campus and unloading their stuff, the freshmen are taken by bus to Newport where they are free to spend the day however they choose. Usually, the day's events consist mainly of walking, shopping, eating, and maybe visiting a few mansions, but the Newport trip is the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow classmates. Besides, who doesn't like spending a day at the beautiful seaport?
  • Sophomore Outdoor Ball: Sophomore Outdoor Ball, or SOB, is a fantastic night for the sophomore class to come together, get dressed up, and party the night away. Traditionally it is held in a tent on Hendricken field, although preparations are made to move it indoors if it rains. Although stilettos may sink into the soft grass, the night is one of the most memorable events of sophomore year. In true PC style, many of those you encounter at SOB may be under the influence of alcohol, which can make the dance floor slightly dangerous, but fun nonetheless. You may even get a glimpse of PC security shaking their groove thing as the night progresses.
Urban Legends
  • Aquinas 4th floor is haunted by the girls who died in the fire many years ago (no really, it is).
  • McDermott Hall is ranked as one of the most promiscuous dorms in the country.
  • The Dore basement is haunted.
Favorite Things To Do
The artistically inclined can check out the latest student masterpieces at the Hunt-Cavanaugh Gallery, as well as the Smith Center for the Fine Arts. Blackfriars Theater hosts the school's dramatic productions twice a year. The Board of Programmers and the SAIL office offer numerous entertainment events, including concerts twice a year (by bands like Third Eye Blind), karaoke in McPhails, and even a hypnotist in `64 Hall. Looking for a switch from Raymond Hall food? Many students enjoy frequenting the international food festivals that BMSA (Board of Multicultural Student Affairs) puts on. But many students' thing to do is to catch a show by Rejects on the Rise, PC's very own improv group-if you want to laugh really hard, be sure to check them out. Find yourself with time to spare between classes? No problem. Try hitting up the state-of-the-art gym, tossing a Frisbee on the quad, or popping in at the Fine Arts Center to see student work. Are you hungry for something? Get an iced coffee from Jazzman's Café or grab some popcorn and a milkshake in McPhails and watch the game. Need a little competition to take your mind off of the world of academia for a while? Verse your friends in McPhails at the pool table, pingpong table, or foosball table. Need to raise the competition level? Head over to the Recreational Sports office and sign up for an intramural sports team. And of course, if you're feeling really tenacious, take a lunchtime spinning class, and hope you will be able to walk to your next class.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 3% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 48% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 48% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 45% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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