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4 College Freshman

Academics: Every class tries to relate to another. Students have many different opinions on Civ, but many have said in the end, that the class was useful and helpful to their ultimate goal of study. It helped broaden their horizons, and in some cases, encouraged a few to pick up another major or minor.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great academics! Students are very studious

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The tutors offered for students are great resources to have. They help especially with CIV.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are seriously a hit or miss. As a freshman, there are not many options for you to choose who you want for first semester, but it will get better when you can register for your own classes. All my professors for first semester were not easy, but I did develop great relationships with many of them. They may be tough, but they are great people who are always willing to help. For registration, I had no problems and got every class I wanted so don't get too caught up in those registration horror stories.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a biology major, so the workload is greater than most others but I loved my professors and they always try to switch up lectures and labs so that the repetition doesn't get boring. Tutoring services are awesome and easily accessible; there are so many places to study other than the library.

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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

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Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
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Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 48%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 49%
  • 50 or More Students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
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 42 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 29 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 28 responses

  • 25% This was my dream school.
  • 54% This was one of my top choices.
  • 21% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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