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2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Office of Admission
Phone: 401.865.2535
Toll-Free: 800.721.6444
Location: Harkins Hall 103

The admission requirements and procedures are designed to help the College select those applicants best qualified to benefit from the educational opportunities at Providence College. The College welcomes applicants who evidence thorough scholastic preparation, good character, intellectual curiosity, and motivational purpose both in and outside of school. Submission of standardized test scores is optional for students applying for admission.

Admission to Providence College is competitive. Entering classes consist of approximately 1,000 students selected from a pool that averages over 9,600 applicants. In general, all applicants are encouraged to broaden their reading outside of class and to take every opportunity to develop their competence in writing. Applicants who cannot demonstrate competence in written English will be at a distinct disadvantage in the competition for admission.

Freshman Admission Requirements

1. Application and Notification
Applicants to Providence College must complete the Common Application and the Writing Supplement, and submit the $65 application fee. Students have the option of paying the application fee by credit card or by e-check. 

Applicants who require an application fee waiver may petition for one through their college advisor. The application deadlines for enrollment in the fall semester are as follows:

Application Program Deadline Notification Deposit Deadline
Early Action November 1 By Early January May 1
Early Decision  
December 1   
By Early January February 15
Regular Decision   
January 15    
By April 1 May 1
Spring Entry December 1 By Early January January 10

Applicants must submit a non-refundable commitment deposit before the designated deadline to confirm enrollment. Late applicants for any deadline will be considered on the basis of availability of classroom and residence hall space.

Providence College provides updates during the course of the admission process to applicants via e-mail. Therefore, it is important that applicants provide the College with a legible e-mail address that will be active throughout the application process.

2. School Report
The college advisors assessment of the applicant’s character and accomplishments, and an official transcript of the secondary school record, should be forwarded to the College by the appropriate date indicated above; the secondary school transcript should consist of courses of a substantive college preparatory nature. Individual cases may vary, but it is highly recommended that at a minimum an applicant complete four years of English, four years of mathematics, three years of social studies, three years of one foreign language, and three years of science, with at least two laboratory courses. The most competitive candidates have completed four years of the five core subjects (English, mathematics, science, history, and foreign language), and have challenged themselves with a selection of honors and advanced placement courses offered at their high school. Applicants planning to major in the areas of science or mathematics will be at a distinct disadvantage if they have not taken four years of math and science during their high school studies. Three additional units may be taken in any subjects which meet requirements for graduation.

3. Recommendations
A letter of recommendation and evaluation from an applicant’s secondary school teacher is required. The Committee on Admission prefers a recommendation from a teacher of English or from a teacher in a content area relevant to the applicant’s intended major. Applicants may send an additional letter of recommendation from someone other than a teacher who knows the applicant well outside of the classroom.

4. SAT or ACT Examinations
Submission of standardized test scores is optional. The review for admission at Providence College focuses on the applicant’s high-school performance, involvement, recommendations, and other application materials, rather than standardized test results. The applicant, therefore, may decide whether or not to submit standardized test results with other application materials. Applicants who choose not to submit SAT or ACT test scores will not be penalized in the review for admission. Additional details about the test-optional policy can be found on our Web site.

5.Campus Visits
Applicants are encouraged to visit Providence College for a personal interview, an individual day visit, Group Information Session, and/or a student-guided tour before or after they apply for admission. Please contact the Office of Admission at 401.865.2535 for further information.

Early Decision

Students who have identified Providence College as their first choice may apply at our Early Decision deadline of December 1. Early Decision is a binding agreement, which means that students who are admitted to the College through this program are expected to withdraw their applications to all other colleges and attend Providence College. Early Decision applicants will receive one of two decisions; they may be admitted to PC or they may be denied admission. A deny at the Early Decision stage is a final decision, and students who are denied are not eligible to reapply at the Regular Decision deadline.

Early Action

Well-qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as Early Action candidates in order to receive notification by early January of a decision. To be considered under this program, applications must be received by November 1.

Early Action decisions are based on school records at the end of the junior year, senior-year course schedule, and SAT or ACT test results if submitted, in addition to the other pieces of the Common Application.

The Committee on Admission will respond to applicants not accepted under the Early Action Program in the following manner:

  1. Those for whom a favorable decision may still be possible will be deferred to the regular applicant group to be reconsidered in March.
  2. Remaining applicants will be notified of a final negative decision immediately, an approach which benefits those applicants who might wish to pursue alternative application plans. Applicants who are denied admission at the Early Action stage may not reapply as a Regular Decision applicant.

Regular Decision

Applying at the Regular Decision deadline is an opportunity for students to present a more complete application to the Committee on Admission. Students who would like the Committee to consider their first semester or trimester in the senior year as part of the application, or test scores taken after the early deadlines, are encouraged to apply at the Regular Decision deadline. Regular Decision applicants will receive one of three decisions; they may be admitted, placed on the waitlist, or they may be denied admission. Students who opt to remain on the waitlist will receive regular waitlist updates via e-mail as the admission office assesses enrollment goals.

For information about merit scholarships, financial aid and need-based scholarships please reference the Financial Aid and Scholarships  section of the catalog.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants are encouraged to achieve a B average in their prior college work. Transfer credit toward undergraduate degrees will be granted for approved academic work with a grade of C or better at a fully accredited institution. Providence College does not enroll under any status a student who is not in good academic and disciplinary standing at a previous institution. Students seeking admission from two-year colleges and have graduated from high school are normally encouraged to complete requirements for the associate degree prior to transfer but are not required to do so. All students who have earned a GED are required to complete an associate degree to be eligible to apply for transfer. Students who applied as freshmen, but were not granted admission, are required to complete one full year of college course work in a full-time status before reapplying as a transfer student.


Students who wish to apply for transfer to Providence College must complete the Common Application for Transfer Students, the Writing Supplement, and submit the $65 application fee. The transfer application fee will be waived for transfer applicants who had applied to the College in the past. Students have the option of paying the application fee by credit card or by e-check.

The transfer application deadlines are April 1 for candidates seeking admission to the fall semester and December 1 for candidates seeking admission to the spring semester. Adherence to these deadlines allows full consideration by the Committee on Admission, evaluation of course work for transfer credit, and a review for campus housing and financial aid. Late applicants for any deadline will be considered on the basis of availability of classroom and residence hall space.

Registrar’s Report

The Registrar’s Report may be found at www.commonapp.org. Transfer applicants must print the form and submit it to the college official who has access to academic and disciplinary records at the current or most recently attended college. The completed form should then be sent to Providence College. Providence College will not review an application without this report.

Official Transcripts

Transfer applicants must request that the final official high school transcript and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be sent to Providence College. If transfer applicants have course work in progress at the time of application, a transcript that documents all course work completed to date should be sent.


Transfer applicants are welcome to submit letters of recommendation; however, they are optional.


Transfer applicants for the spring semester receive notification on a rolling basis two to four weeks after receipt of the completed application. Candidates for the fall semester receive notification beginning April 15. After April 15, notification will be sent two to four weeks after the application is complete, provided the student’s portion of the application was received by the April 1 deadline.

Test-Optional Policy

Submission of standardized test scores is optional. The academic review for transfer admission at Providence College focuses on the applicant’s high school and college-level performance, essay, Registrar’s Report, and recommendations, if submitted, rather than standardized test results. The applicant, therefore, may decide whether or not to submit standardized test results with other application materials. Students who choose not to submit SAT or ACT test scores will not be penalized in the review for admission. Additional details about the test-optional policy can be found on our Web site.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 60 hours of transfer credit, for students who enter the College in the Class of 2016 and above, may be accepted toward the undergraduate degree. Students who have earned 60 credits through transfer course work may enroll in additional transfer courses (e.g. a summer course) only with approval from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. To be eligible for a degree, transfer students must complete the final two years in full-time attendance at Providence College and earn at least 50 percent of their major credits with Providence College course work.

Ordinarily, the College accepts transfer credits for courses taken at another accredited institution in which students have earned grades of “C” or better; however, grades received in course work completed at other institutions are not computed in a student’s grade point average at Providence College. Only grades earned at Providence College (including the School of Continuing Education) or through its approved affiliate semester programs are computed in the student’s grade point average.

Relevant information regarding course work from other institutions (e.g., course descriptions and/or syllabi) is reviewed by the appropriate academic department or program and/or the dean of undergraduate and graduate studies to determine existing Providence College course equivalents, if any. Approved transfer courses are identified on the College’s transcripts with the Providence College course equivalent. In the event that an exact match in the College’s curriculum does not exist, the College may award elective credit.

Students are responsible for understanding how their transfer credits fit into their academic program requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies if they have questions regarding the applicability of transfer course work toward their degree.

After initial matriculation at Providence College, students may seek permission to enroll in courses at other institutions in fulfillment of their major, minor, or certificate program requirements. Written authorization from their department chair or program director, as well as the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, is required in advance of any such enrollment. Credits earned at other institutions through summer school or intersession courses may be approved only for the purpose of rectifying deficiencies in credit hours earned or fulfilling specific program requirements as authorized, not for the purpose of accelerating the advancement of graduation class year status.

Students who have earned transfer credits with specific Providence College equivalencies may not enroll in the same course and receive additional credit. In adherence to the College’s course-repeat policy (see Enrollment Services ), credits may only be earned for the most recent course attempt. Thus, the original transfer credit will remain on the official transcript, but may not be counted toward the student’s earned credit hours or grade point average.

Official transcripts listing all transfer course work from the accredited institutions must be forwarded to the Office of Enrollment Services.

College credits earned through advanced placement or dual enrollment while in high school will be noted as such on the academic record following appropriate approval by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies.

Advanced Placement (AP) Equivalency Chart

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Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/High School-College Dual Enrollment

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. See the Advanced Placement (AP) Equivalency Chart  for more specific information concerning the placement of AP courses within the academic program.

Providence College recognizes credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB), an internationally recognized curriculum and examination program. Of the two IB examination levels (Higher Level and Standard Level), the College recognizes the Higher Level examinations where a score of 5, 6, or 7 has been achieved. Each successfully passed examination in the Higher Level of the IB program will earn three credits. Official documentation of each successfully completed examination with the conditions noted must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to a student’s matriculation at the College.

Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses at accredited institutions should submit an official college transcript to the Office of Admission by August 1. Credit for dual enrollment courses is ordinarily not awarded for courses required for high school graduation, nor for courses taken in a high school setting by a college-approved high school faculty member. To be eligible for dual-enrolled credit, courses must be taken on the college campus and taught by a full-time faculty member. The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies reserves the right to determine whether courses taken from a college or university by incoming students while in high school may be accepted as transfer credits. Final approval of dual enrollment course credits will be made by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. Students who wish to obtain academic credit for dual enrollment courses should plan to meet with the dean of undergraduate and graduate studies during their first semester at Providence College.

Students who are granted Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or dual enrollment credit are still required to complete the College’s full-time, eight-semester requirement. (See Academic Policies , General Degree Requirements, Number 6.)

CCRI Articulation Agreement

Providence College and the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) have an articulation agreement that outlines the process for CCRI students who meet appropriate academic requirements to transfer into PC. The agreement applies to eligible students for the PC Classes of 2014 and 2015. Beginning with the PC Class of 2016, an additional review will be required for students who will participate in the College’s new Core Curriculum. The terms of the agreement are available at www.providence.edu/apply/how-to-apply/Pages/CCRI-Articulation-Agreement.aspx. Providence College guarantees CCRI students, who meet the conditions stated on the College Web site, admission to the Undergraduate Day School. Due to the restructuring of the core curriculum at Providence College, this agreement applies to students who enter Providence College in the Class of 2014 and 2015. A separate agreement exists between the Community College of Rhode Island and the Providence College School of Continuing Education. For questions regarding the Articulation Agreement, please contact Sandra A. Miller, Coordinator of Transfer Admission, in the Office of Admission at 401.865.2535.

International Students

Applications from international students are considered for full-time degree programs beginning in the fall semester. International students must take necessary steps to assure that all official transcripts and a complete application are forwarded to the Office of Admission by the designated deadlines. Transcripts from non-English-speaking countries must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

While individual circumstances may vary, international students whose native language is not English are normally expected to present results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For information regarding administration of these exams, please contact the coordinator of international admission in the Office of Admission.

Providence College provides academic merit-based and athletic scholarships and a limited amount of need-based financial assistance to international students each year. Merit-based scholarships are awarded by the Committee on Scholarships to students whose application for admission displays outstanding academic credentials.  

Students seeking consideration for need-based financial assistance are required to submit the International Student Financial Aid Application and the International Student Certification of Finances form at the time they apply for admission. Candidates will be considered for admission and institutional need-based financial assistance based upon a review of the academic qualifications, financial need, and availability of student aid resources.

Please note that international students who do not plan to apply for need-based financial assistance are still required to submit the International Student Certification of Finances form with their application for admission. Providence College utilizes a need-aware admission policy for international students. Those students who demonstrate that they can afford the cost of attendance will be given preference in the evaluation process. 

Providence College is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State to enroll non-immigrant alien students.  Most students are issued an F-1 student visa for study at the College.  In order to be issued an F-1 visa, students must meet the following eligibility criteria: admission to the College, evidence of financial funds to support all educational and living expenses in the U.S., payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee, evidence of English proficiency, and possession of Form I-20.  The I-20 is issued by Providence College and mailed to the student once Providence College receives the Enrollment Reservation Form and other necessary financial documentation.  The student must have the Form I-20 prior to making the consular appointment to receive the visa stamp.

International students are required to have obtained appropriate immigration status from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services prior to the start of school.

Admission for Home-Schooled Students

Providence College welcomes applications from home-schooled individuals. As with our requirements for applicants from public or private schools, the submission of standardized test scores is optional.

If home-schooled applicants follow a prescribed curriculum, evidence of course work completed will need to be submitted. If not associated with a particular program or institution, the applicant is encouraged to submit a descriptive résumé that outlines the student’s high school work, level of challenge, and depth and breadth of curriculum.

Early Admission

Although the College believes that most students benefit from four years of secondary education, early admission may be approved for outstanding candidates who have completed less than the traditional sequence of requirements. Students who will have demonstrated superior achievement upon completion of three years of secondary education and who have exhausted the advanced courses in their secondary school program may apply for early admission in the same manner as those students who will have completed four years of secondary education before enrolling at Providence College. In addition, early admission applicants must be recommended by their high school principal or guidance counselor on the basis of academic potential and emotional maturity. An admission interview is required.

Deferred Admission

It is possible for accepted students to defer entrance for a year. Students wishing to defer admission should write to the Committee on Admission explaining the reasons for such a request. Approval for such status is made with the understanding that students will not enroll for credit course work at another college during the deferral year or thereafter.

Readmission and Reinstatement

Students who voluntarily withdraw from the College must apply for readmission through the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. Application deadlines are April 15 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Students who are returning from a personal leave of absence are exempt from this requirement; they must simply notify the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies of their intention to return by December 1 for the spring semester or by June 15 for the fall semester. Students who are returning from a medical leave of absence (whether voluntary or involuntary) must satisfy the requirements and conditions established at the time of and/or during the leave by the Vice President for Student Affairs before the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies will approve readmission. Students who are dismissed for academic reasons may petition the Committee on Academic Status for reinstatement to the College as outlined in the Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

Non-Degree/Special Student Status

Special student status is reserved for those persons who are not baccalaureate degree candidates at the College but who wish to elect one or more courses for academic credit for which they are qualified and can demonstrate special need. One must have held a high school diploma for at least two years to be eligible to apply. Applicants from other colleges and universities must present evidence of good academic and disciplinary standing. Attendance at Providence College as a special student is on a non-degree, non-matriculated status only. Special students are not eligible for campus housing or financial aid. Enrollment is normally for one semester only. A maximum of 12 credits earned in special student status may be applied toward degree requirements.

Applications for consideration as a special student are available from the Office of Admission. Applications and supporting credentials should be submitted by August 15 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

Veterans’ Deployment and  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 re-enroll 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 re-enroll at the college;

  • and the student has not been discharged from the Armed Forces with a dishonorable or bad-conduct discharge.