Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation play an important role in our holistic application review process at Providence College. For freshman applicants, we require two (2) letters of recommendation: one from a school counselor or college advisor, and the other from a teacher in an academic discipline.
The recommendation from the school counselor provides helpful context of the student's four-year high school career, ideally bringing to light things about the student that may not be apparent from simply looking at the high school transcript. Counselors are often able to provide useful context for the student's academic performance, and explain any special circumstances (i.e. schedule conflicts, personal situations, or medical issues) that may have arisen during the high school career. The counselor recommendation also helps us to understand where the student stands in relation to his or her high school classmates, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Students may select any academic teacher that they have had in the classroom during high school to submit their teacher recommendation. Generally, the committee on admission prefers a recommendation from an English teacher or from a teacher in a content area relevant to the applicant's intended major.
Applicants may send an additional letter of recommendation from someone other than a teacher who knows the applicant well outside of the classroom. Each year, we receive helpful letters of recommendation from coaches, advisors, mentors, and managers at students' places of employment. We welcome these recommendations as they help the committee on admission to learn more about who a student is beyond the classroom.