Message to Parents
Spring 2011 - Tuition Structure
Dear Providence College Parents:
The revised tuition structure announced by Providence College last year has allowed us to implement numerous new initiatives that have improved, and will continue to improve, the living and learning experience for all PC students. Despite the generosity of our many donors, we remain a tuition-dependent school with a limited endowment.
With 87 percent of the College’s operating budget derived from tuition dollars, our progress would not have been possible without the increased revenue from this new tuition model. The improvements include wireless technology expansion, enhanced dining services, residence hall and student union refurbishments, and a complete renovation of the College’s primary instructional science laboratories.
Last fall, the College unveiled two technology-focused areas in Phillips Memorial Library—a TecHub and a Faculty Commons. The TecHub and its adjacent TechStation provide students with state-of-the-art technology access, resources, and support for study and collaboration. The Faculty Commons provides a dedicated, technology-rich area where faculty can enhance their teaching, learning, and research activities.
The final push to provide campus-wide wireless network access will be completed this summer with the installation of wireless connections in a few remaining residential halls, the Feinstein Academic Center, the Albertus-Sowa-Hickey science complex, further expansion in the Phillips Memorial Library, and the remaining commonly used campus areas not already networked.
The College also is investing in more flexible dining services. This academic year, the 19 meals-a-week plan was enhanced to include unlimited daily visits to Raymond Dining Hall. Next fall, this dining facility will be open throughout the day (7:00 am to 8:00 pm) and will offer meal plans with greater flexibility. The introduction of a 75-meal “block” plan will allow all students – including those living in campus apartments and off-campus – to eat at Raymond Dining Hall throughout the semester, eating their meals when it is most convenient to them.
From a facility perspective, we are in the second year of a seven-year renovation program to refurbish all campus residence halls, including traditional dorms and apartments. This summer, all 128 apartments in Davis Hall will be completely renovated and equipped with new furniture and appliances. Improvements will include a redesign and expansion of the common living area. Bathroom renovations also will be completed in the Raymond and Guzman residence halls.
A second phase of renovations to Slavin Center, also planned for this summer, will recapture space in the lower level of the student union and reconfigure it to create a warm and inviting place for social gatherings. This project will include improvements to Alumni Café seating areas and to spaces used by student clubs and organizations for meetings and activities.
In the coming year, Albertus Magnus Hall, the College’s first science building, will be completely renovated to improve the instructional laboratory experience, taking full advantage of new technology. The introduction of greater functionality and flexibility in lab spaces and equipment will support innovative teaching and hands-on learning. Additional space will be created to promote out-of-class collaboration among student work groups.
In response to our students’ growing interest in international studies and more expanded postgraduate opportunities, the College also is increasing its investment in these areas. Effective for the 2011-12 academic year, the College is adopting a home school tuition and financial aid policy; this enables students to apply their financial aid to study abroad. The Center for International Studies expects about 262 students, including 26% of the junior class, to study abroad next year in 28 foreign countries on six continents.
The Office of Career Services also has created a new employer relations position that will identify and expand internship and employment opportunities by industry sectors and in geographic markets beyond the northeast corridor. In addition, we have introduced a formal process through which faculty mentors guide students and help them compete more successfully for prestigious national and international postgraduate fellowship and scholarship awards, such as the Fulbright, Gates/Cambridge, and Rhodes.
With all of these considerations in mind, the 2011-2012 tuition increase for returning students will be four percent. For the second consecutive year, this represents the lowest increase for returning students in more than a decade. This also is in the range announced by most liberal arts colleges.
For current freshmen who entered PC under the new two-tier system, tuition for the sophomore year will be $40,150. For students returning next year as juniors and seniors, tuition will be $34,950. Room and board charges will increase by an average of 3%, depending on the residence hall and meal plan options selected.
Providence College is proud of the quality and value of our students’ college experience. We deeply appreciate the confidence you have in us and pledge that, with God’s continued blessing, we will do all we can to help your student flourish and succeed.
Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.