Providence College is committed to maintaining small class sizes and facilities in order to provide its students with a strong liberal arts education and traditional campus life. With fewer than 5,000 undergrads, it is “uncommon for a student to not know or have interacted with the school president, dean of student affairs, dean of undergraduate studies, etc.”
The universally small classes lead to “more discussion and less lecture,” and professors “encourage student participation to not only learn concepts but apply them as well.” They are “truly invested in student understanding/success,” making themselves available through multiple channels, and “their passion for teaching can be felt within the classroom.” Most teachers “provide plenty of opportunities to meet outside of class for help with school, talk about of life, or possibilities for careers after graduation.” The classes “are no cake walk, but will give you the knowledge and experience for the real world,” and “even the toughest graders have been reasonable with their explanations,” says a junior English major.
The “strong liberal core curriculum” (using the Development of Western Civilization program as its centerpiece) and Catholic values of the school helps to prepare students “to serve as responsible and engaged world citizens.” PC is “fantastic” at setting up students with internships that lead to future jobs, and professors place “a high value in experiential learning: getting involved with the community and taking advantage of opportunities to work and serve in the greater Providence Community.” PC also has an incredible alumni base; alumni “are dedicated to the school, and dedicated to PC graduates.”
The “welcoming, upbeat, friendly environment” created on campus is due in part to the fact that “all the students live in one giant community.” For fun, students like to explore the city of Providence, which “has a lot to offer”, or go to on-campus events, such as “movie showings, bingo nights,” and hockey and basketball games. There is “a large drinking culture” at PC, and though “students love to party and go out…come Sunday night, the library is packed and everyone has their nose in the books.” The city and campus are quite secure: “I have never felt unsafe on campus, even if I am walking across it by myself at 3:00 a.m.,” says a student. “Diversity and dining” are the two Ds that many students agree could use improvement; others also complain about the parietal rules, which impose curfews for the opposite sex to be in one another's dorms.
The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.
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