Before it was a place name, providence was a theological term denoting God’s loving plan to bring each created being into fulfillment. Thus the name Providence College does not merely reflect the location of the school, but rather its deepest mission: to help our students know and embrace their role in God’s loving plan and to pursue it with excellence.
At Providence College, we prepare you to make the best possible decisions for fulfilling your role within God’s plan. As a Catholic college rooted in the rich, 800-year-old intellectual tradition of the Dominican Order, we teach you to love and live the truth—Veritas. We challenge you to ask tough questions, weigh competing arguments, integrate diverse perspectives, and contemplate the meaning of truth both within our classrooms and beyond our campus.
To enable you to do this, we provide a rigorous liberal arts education with a Core Curriculum in the arts and sciences, philosophy, and theology that includes a challenging sequence of courses called the Development of Western Civilization. In the tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, we introduce you to faith and reason as compatible and complementary elements as we engage you in the lively intellectual debate we call disputatio—disputed questions.
Your education at Providence College addresses the whole person—mind and body, heart and soul. Transformed by wisdom and enabled by God’s grace, we challenge you to live a life of virtue, purpose, and meaning that will transform society.
I invite you to trust in providence as you join us in the pursuit of wisdom and the contemplation of truth.
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