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​The College Essay and Additional Writing Samples

Common Application Essay

The Common Application requires all applicants to complete one essay. The essay is an important piece of your college application as it allows you to reveal something meaningful outside of the academic realm to the committee on admission. The Common Application provides five broad essay prompts for you to choose from.

At Providence College, the admission staff uses the college essay in two ways: to learn more about you on the personal level and to get a sense of your writing ability. From your essay, we hope to gain an understanding of what issues are important to you and the things you are passionate about. In the strongest essays we receive each year, we also receive a glimpse of the student's personality, and have a better understanding of the student's personal fit to the Providence College community.

As a liberal arts institution, a student's ability to express himself or herself in writing is important to the committee on admission. Remember that spelling and grammar "count," and you should work to make sure that your essay is well-written and well-presented. 


Optional Providence College Essay

Found under the "Additional Questions" section of the Providence College Member Page (within the Common Application), the Optional Providence College essay provides applicants with the opportunity to speak to their specific interest in PC. While completing this statement is optional, we encourage all students to take advantage of the opportunity to explain why they see Providence College as an appropriate match and fit.

Currently, the Optional Providence College Essay prompt reads as follows:

Providence College students have an extraordinary ability to balance challenging academics and involvement in their school, local, or global community, which is the epitome of what it means to be a Friar. Please share how your own experiences demonstrate what it means to be a Friar, and why Providence College is the right fit for you. (Optional)

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity