Undergraduate Application Procedures
For the Class of 2016, more than 9,600 students applied for approximately 980 spaces, making the admission process highly selective. Therefore, it is important that you spend time carefully preparing your application, and presenting the most complete portrait of yourself.
What You Need to Apply:
In order to be considered for admission, we require that you submit a completed Common Application, including the Providence College Supplemental Form, and an application fee of $55. (Applicants who require an application fee waiver may petition for one through their college advisor). We also require the following additional pieces as part of your application package:
For students applying as Freshmen:
- Secondary School Report and high school transcript(s): Officially we recommend that students complete a minimum of 4 years each of English and mathematics, 2 years of social studies, 3 years of one foreign language, and 3 years of science, with at least two laboratory courses. However, students in recent years who have been most competitive for admission have taken 4 years in all major subject areas, taking advantage of honors or advanced level courses available at their high schools.
- Recommendations: We require one from your high school counselor or college advisor, and one from a teacher of your choice. Additional recommendations may be submitted if you feel they can add relevant, insightful information about you.
- Personal essay: With the Common Application, you have several broad choices for the required essay. Use this piece of writing to not only illustrate your writing skills, but also to share something personal about yourself with the admission committee. With the essay we are trying to evaluate your communication skills as much as trying to get a glimpse of your personality.
- Standardized Test Scores: Submission of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) is optional for all students applying for admission. The academic review for admission at Providence College has always been focused on each student's high school performance rather than standardized test results. This test-optional policy allows each student to decide whether they wish to have their standardized test results considered as part of their application for admission. Additional details about the policy can be found on the Test-Optional Policy page of the website.
For students applying as Transfers:
- Official high school transcript(s)
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.
- College Official's Report, which must be completed by a college or university official.
- Personal Essay
- Standardized Test Scores (optional - see description above)
- Course descriptions for all courses you wish to have considered for transfer to Providence College. These descriptions may be taken from your college catalog or the college's website.
The following forms are helpful, but not required:
- Instructor's Evaluation
- Mid-Term Report