About Providence College
Providence College is a small, Catholic Dominican, liberal arts College offering bachelor's and master's degrees. The school, serving around 4,000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students is located in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island and was founded in 1636. Providence sits at the mouth of the Providence River on Narragansett Bay. The city is divided into 25 official neighborhoods, which are often grouped together into larger areas. There is plenty to eat and drink in Providence as it has the highest number of restaurants and coffee/doughnut shops per capita of any U.S. city. Providence boasts a 1200 acre parks system, multiple historic buildings, and the RISD museum. For evening entertainment, the city offers the Trinity Repertory Company, the Providence Black Repertory Company, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.
Providence College was founded in 1917 by the Diocese of Providence and the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph. The Bishop of Providence at the time, Rt. Rev. Matthew Harkins, D. D., drove the founding of the college because of his dream of starting an institution of higher learning for the young Catholics of Providence. Despite its beginnings, Providence College serves students of any religious faith.
The art department at Providence College offers an art studio major for those interested in art and design. The program of study begins with several courses in the foundation of art so that students are able to become literate in a variety of artistic media. Throughout the foundation courses, students are also expected to develop their own personal vision and style, which should focus into a thesis in the senior year. Students choose to concentrate in either ceramics, digital imaging, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Beyond coursework, the art department has a thriving art club, which hosts a campus-wide art show each year to display student work.
The financial aid office at Providence College assists students by providing an array of information regarding federal and state aid, loans, grants, and scholarships. They provide forms and outline in detail the policies and procedures of the school. The office also helps eligible students find appropriate employment for work study.
Providence College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning. Providence College has been found to meet or exceed the standards for an institution of higher learning.