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​The Review Process

The admission review process at Providence College is holistic, starting with your high school transcript and also considering your involvement, leadership roles, writing samples, and recommendations.

The most important and most telling part of your application for admission to Providence College is the high school transcript.  When we evaluate your transcript, we look closely at the quality and challenge of the courses you have selected in high school, as well as your level of achievement in those courses.  Typically students who are most competitive in Providence College's admission process have taken four years in each of the core areas (English, math, natural science, social science/history and foreign language) and have challenged themselves with a selection of the honors and advanced placement courses which may be offered at their high school.

In addition to the academic portion of the application, we look closely at your essay, recommendations and resume of co-curricular activities.  These pieces tell your unique story beyond your academic achievements and paint the picture of who you are as a person and what you can bring to the community of Providence College.  Think carefully about what you want to share about yourself and who you feel could write the best recommendation for you.  We urge you to take advantage of the opportunities within the application to detail all of your involvements and accomplishments.

In July 2006, Providence College established a test-optional policy for admission. Candidates are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores to receive full consideration for admission. Additional details about the policy can be found on the Test-Optional Policy page of the website.

Your completed application to Providence College is the best representation of who you are and what makes you a great candidate for admission.  If we can be of any assistance in your application process, or you have further questions about the way we review applications, please let us know. You can e-mail your questions to​, or call our office at (800) 721-6444 to speak with an admission counselor.

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