In the transfer admission process at Providence College, our focus is your success. Naturally, we want transfer candidates to be well prepared for the demands of study here at PC. Therefore, admission to Providence College as a transfer student is selective but most sensitive to individual circumstances and needs. Given the limited number of vacancies, it is important for you as a student to understand that our Committee on Admission reviews your application, college transcripts and courses in progress, high school records, a required essay, an intended major (if one has been selected), and college disciplinary records to ensure that the "match" to PC is a good one.
We encourage applicants seeking to transfer to PC from other accredited colleges and universities to achieve a 3.0 G.P.A. (4.0 scale) or better in substantive liberal arts courses at your current college. You must submit official transcripts of all work undertaken at the college level. If you need advice or recommendations for a program of study that may transfer well to Providence College, please call the Office of Admission at (401) 865-2535 to speak with Sandra A. Miller, Coordinator of Transfer Admission, for assistance.
Students who applied to Providence College 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.
Providence College does not enroll under any status a student who is not in good academic and disciplinary standing at a previous institution. Students who have earned a GED are also required to complete an Associate's Degree before applying as a transfer student to Providence College.
Students currently attending a community or junior college, who have earned a high school diploma, may wish to consider completion of the Associate's Degree, though you are not required to do so for transfer admission consideration at Providence College.
If a community or junior college is the first college you have attended, we strongly recommend that you successfully complete a minimum of 24 transferable credits pursued as a full-time student, achieving a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in order to be competitive for admission to PC. These courses should reflect a broad, liberal arts perspective, and they should be that institution's most demanding program.
As a community or junior college student, we advise you to limit the number of courses taken toward an intended major, with perhaps one or two courses as a maximum, because your intended major or field of study should be "saved" for the senior institution. Your community or junior college education should be used to identify and explore that major with introductory coursework only. Ideally, the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts (often called simply a "transfer program") is your best choice.