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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I thought diversity was not going to be a big thing in Providence, but I am surprised at the amount of diversity it has. There are people from many places around the world. I have made friends from places like Africa, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Once you step on campus you can see that everyone dresses the same and bascially have the same views too. A lot of PC kids are the same, but they are very accepting of different races, cultures, and sexual orientation most of the time.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Many students are of the same race and social/economic background with little diversity. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the school makes sure to point out the differences between students of different ethnicity by assigning the racially diverse students a Dean of Multicultural Students.

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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.

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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.

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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
6%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
8%
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 34 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 18% Conservative
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 6% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 36% Conservative
  • 22% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 36 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 32 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% No
  • 17% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% Republican
  • 44% Democratic
  • 11% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 33% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 33% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 33% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 56% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 11% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 6 responses

  • 17% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 17% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 33% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 35 responses

  • 31% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 23% It's hard to be a minority here.

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