The Providence College School of Continuing Education affords an individual the opportunity of a college education at a variety of levels: as a degree or certificate candidate; as a nondegree candidate, taking courses that can be applied to a degree program at a later time; or as an auditor, taking courses solely for personal enrichment.
Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses in SCE, including those in a nondegree status, are expected to hold a high school diploma or equivalent. Exceptions can be made only with the approval of the dean.
Acceptance into a degree-status program requires the high school diploma (or GED) plus the transfer of satisfactory academic credits the student may have earned at an accredited college/university, and approval by the dean of the School of Continuing Education.
Students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or certificate program must complete a formal application, which is available from the School of Continuing Education.
Former Providence College day students who wish to complete their degree in SCE must apply for admission into SCE (the application fee is waived). Former day students are encouraged to meet with an adviser to determine how the Providence College credit already earned can be applied to the new degree program.
Students may submit the application and a nonrefundable application fee of $55 to the School of Continuing Education, Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918-0001. Students must request an official copy of their secondary school transcript, as well as official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions they have attended, and have them sent directly to the SCE Office.
A student who has been dismissed or placed on academic probation at another collegiate institution or by the Providence College undergraduate school is generally not eligible for immediate admittance to a degree program in the School of Continuing Education. At least one full academic year must elapse before such a student will be considered for admission, during which time the student must complete one semester at the School of Continuing Education (or another institution) as a nondegree student with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
Students who have left their most recent college or university on poor academic standing (either on probation or dismissed) and who wish to be admitted into an SCE degree program before having established an acceptable academic record as described in the preceding section may petition for conditional admission into a School of Continuing Education degree program. Students admitted conditionally may enroll in no more than two courses per semester and must establish an acceptable grade point average (2.0 or above) in order to be removed from conditional status. Students who have not established an acceptable academic record (2.0 or above) after two semesters will be dismissed from the program.
Veterans’ Readmission Policy
Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, a student who is called to active duty in the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard or Reserve for a period of more than 30 days is entitled to reenroll in the same program, with the same enrollment status, number of credits, and academic standing as when he or she was last in attendance at Providence College.
Readmission is allowed provided the student meets the following requirements:
- the cumulative length of the student’s absences from the college because of service on active duty does not exceed five years (which period may be extended in certain cases, as provided by statute);
- the student notifies the college upon completion of service that he or she intends to reenroll at the college; and
- the student has not been discharged from the Armed Forces with a dishonorable or bad-conduct discharge.
A student with 18 or more credits and who plans to earn a degree or certificate at Providence College must apply for admission into the intended program. Students who plan to pursue a certificate must apply for admission when they have earned no more than 6 hours towards that program’s requirements. Matriculation is an agreement with the College to a particular set of degree requirements. Students are encouraged to work with an SCE adviser who can assist them in selecting an appropriate program. Any modification of a program’s requirements can be made only through securing written approval from SCE. If the College changes a program’s requirements while a student is enrolled, that student will have the choice to continue to pursue the requirements in place at his/her matriculation, or may elect to follow the new requirements.
Nondegree (ND) Status
The designation nondegree/ND indicates that the student is registered in class work but has not been admitted into a program. All applicable credits earned in the nondegree category may be applied toward degree requirements at such time as the student is admitted into a program. However, when degree requirements change, students not enrolled in the degree must adhere to the new requirements and courses taken prior to matriculation may not be applicable to the new degree requirements. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply for admission into a degree program as early in their tenure as possible.
Change in Degree Status or Program
A student may initiate a change of degree program or degree status by requesting in writing that such a change be made. Students are subject to the program requirements in place upon their enrollment.
Transfer of Credits
Transfer credit may be granted for courses taken at other institutions prior to a student’s matriculation in the School of Continuing Education at Providence College. A maximum of 75 credit hours for a bachelor’s degree, 36 credit hours for an associate’s degree, and three credit hours for a certificate—from any accredited institution of higher learning—may be accepted and applied toward SCE program requirements. CLEP, AP, ACE, and PLA credits are included in this total. To be eligible for transfer, all courses in question must carry a grade of “C” or better. Requests to transfer credit from another institution after admission into a degree program requires approval from SCE prior to taking the course(s).
SCE students pursuing the bachelor’s degree or the associate’s degree must also complete at least 50 percent of those courses required in the major at Providence College. All core requirements, with the exception of philosophy and theology and specific required courses, are considered fulfilled for students entering SCE with a previously earned baccalaureate degree.
Students enrolled in a degree program may receive credits from the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) with a score equivalent to a grade of a C or higher and prior approval of a School of Continuing Education adviser. CLEP credits may be generated at any time, provided that: the student seeks prior approval; the CLEP credits are not in a subject area for which the student has already received or will receive academic credit for course work completed; and that additional CLEP credits do not exceed the maximum total of transfer credits allowed. General and subject test and schedule information, registration forms, and a listing of CLEP colleges are available in the SCE Office.
The School of Continuing Education also recognizes and accepts, when appropriate, American Council on Education credit recommendations attached to military training and experience, corporate training programs, as well as Prior Learning Assessment. Please consult an advisor for additional information.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
The College participates in the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who demonstrate superior performance in the Advanced Placement Examination (a score of 4 or 5) will be awarded Advanced Placement credit following the criteria established by departments and in keeping with SCE transfer credit policy. More information about the transfer of AP credit is available here.
SCE participates in “Learning Counts,” a program of the Council on Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL), through which a student may receive college credit by developing a portfolio to document learning experiences not reflected on transcripts. Students who believe that their experience—through work, volunteer, military service, job training, etc.—may warrant college credit should speak with their academic adviser.