Family Day to Draw Accepted Students to PC
Providence, R.I. — For those weighing whether to become a Friar in the near future, Saturday, April 14, is a key date.
Hundreds of prospective students accepted into the Class of 2016 have registered to attend Family Day to get one last look at Providence College before they choose where to enroll for their freshman year.
The day-long event gives the students and their families the chance to meet face-to-face with faculty, staff, and current PC students and to find out more about majors and academic departments as well as student services, clubs, and organizations, said Faith W. Allen, assistant dean of admission.
“Usually, if we can get students on campus, we tend to win them over,” Allen said. “They like the community on campus. They like what they see.”
Several hundred faculty, staff, and students, including 120 admissions ambassadors and about 80 members of the Friars Club, are expected to volunteer at Family Day. Following Mass, the students and their families will be welcomed by College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80; Dr. Aurelie A. Hagstrom, an associate professor of theology and department chair; and Matthew Santos ’14 (Cumberland, R.I.).
Santos, the student speaker, will discuss how he chose Providence College and his experience thus far with the community and academics, including the Development of Western Civilization Program, the two-year-long centerpiece to PC’s unique Core Curriculum.
Campus visitors will be able to take tours and to see residence halls, the Phillips Memorial Library, science labs, and art galleries. There will also be panel discussions on career services, study abroad, pre-medical and undeclared major advising, as well as financial aid and fine arts on campus.
It probably won’t be the first time that these prospective enrollees have stepped onto campus, Allen said. The College sent out more than 5,600 acceptance letters this year, and many have taken campus tours or attended the Day in Friartown events in the spring or the fall. About 325 accepted students who applied by the Early Action deadline also attended a special event before a PC basketball game during Alumni & Family Weekend.
For more information about Family Day and a schedule of events, go to the Department of Admission's Family Day Web page.
— Liz F. Kay