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Friar Foundations

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Friar Foundations is a summer program aimed at easing the transition from high school to college ​for approximately 30 incoming Providence College students each year. Friar Foundations addresses two fundamental issues students must face when entering college — academic responsibility and social assimilation.

Participants in the program​ are normally accepted students who live on campus for five weeks for portions of July and August. During this time, the students complete credit-bearing courses, attend skills-building workshops, and partake in a host of on- and off-campus social and cultural experiences.

​Program Schedule

Friar Foundati​ons days start early and end late. Academics are the priority, but a fun and fulfilling experience beyond the books is just as important. The 2017 Friar Foundations program runs from July 3 to August 4.

Below is an overview of the program schedule.​

  • Morning classes 4 days per week
  • Night classes 2 days per week
  • Supplemental workshops one morning and one 
  • evening each week
  • Quiet study and/or tutoring daily
  • Social and personal time daily
  • Community service, intramural sports, and an off-campus trip or event each week

Participant Responsibilities

Participants are expected to meet regularly with an OAS staff member during the summer program and on a regular basis for the entire first-year and:

  • successfully complete the required program courses, seminar, and workshops, and
  • participate in all program activities

Program Objectives 

As a result of the program, participants will:

  • understand the educational demands and responsibilities of a PC student;
  • acquire the necessary academic skills to be successful at PC;
  • discover and understand the obligations of living on-campus in a residential community;
  • develop relationships with other first-year students as well as members of the College’s faculty and staff; and
  • acclimate to the PC environment prior to full-time matriculation.
Program Leadership

Kaitlyn O'Malley oversees all program planning and logistics. Accomplished, upper-class students are trained to serve as mentors for the duration of the summer program and throughout participants’ first year at PC.

Interested faculty and staff, including members of the resident Dominican community, also are invited to participate in the program through social/cultural programming and serving as tutors/mentors. ​​