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Frequently Asked Questions


Is New Student Orientation mandatory?
Orientation is a required program for all new students entering the College. Orientation is a chance for new students to become acquainted with the College, its services and policies.  It is also a great opportunity to meet other students and have questions answered by the Orientation staff, faculty, and members of the College's administration.

How long is New Student Orientation?
For incoming freshmen, there is a two-part Orientation program, including an Advising & Registration Day in June (or August, for international students), and a five-day Fall Orientation program. Parents/guardians of freshmen are also invited to attend Parent Orientation in either June or August with their student(s).

Incoming transfer students are expected to participate in an Advising & Registrations Day in early August, as well as a four-day Fall Orientation program. Parents of transfer students are invited to participate in Parent Orientation during their student's Advising & Registration Day. 

How much does the program cost?
Costs incurred by the Orientation program are part of the student's "Enrollment Fee."  Meals for students are also provided in this fee.  Parents/guardians and other guests attending the program pay a $20/ person fee.

Is transportation provided from local airports, train, or bus stations?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide transportation to and from the college during the summer months. There are, however, a few different options: 

RIPTA (the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority) has a stop directly outside of the Huxley Avenue gate to the College.  RIPTA buses service the entire state of Rhode Island and are a safe, reasonably priced mode of transportation.  For more information on routes and schedules, please see (Providence College/Huxley Avenue is on route 55.) 

The MBTA Commuter Rail does offer commuter rail service several times during weekdays as early as 5:05am and as late as 10:15pm.  For more detailed schedule information, please visit the MBTA website for listings between TF Green and Providence Station.

Taxis often wait outside of TF Green Airport and the Providence Amtrak Station to transport passengers around the state.  Some local companies servicing the greater Providence area include:

Checker Cab (401) 273-2222
Yellow Cab (401) 941-1122
College Cab (401) 943-3636

For parents/guardians attending the Advising Days and staying off-campus in a local hotel, be sure to ask about transportation to and from the airport or train station.  Many of the hotels provide this service for their guests or can recommend a company.

Where do I go the morning of my Orientation program to check in?
Orientation registration will take place in the Slavin Center, PC's student union. Look for signs around campus to guide you there.


What do I need to do in preparation for the program?
A comprehensive mailing regarding the Orientation program is sent to new students each May. Within the mailing will be an Orientation Checklist with due dates next to each item on the list. Students are encouraged to attend to the items as quickly as possible.

What do I need to bring to my Advising & Registration Day?
Please bring your completed FERPA/Photo Waiver, Intramural Sports Waiver, and Voluntary Release Form (all available on in the Forms section of this site), as well as the Registration/Enrollment Services Card you received in your Orientation mailing. You may also wish to bring any paperwork you need to return to other campus departments, as there should be time to do so while you are on campus.  

When will I register for classes?
Students will register for classes during the summer Advising & Registration Days.  Please refer to the Academic section of this website for more information about related placement tests and surveys. While on campus, students will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty member to go over schedules and to discuss courses of study.

I'm no longer interested in the major I selected.  How do I change my major?
One must obtain permission to change academic concentrations by June 1st, or after matriculating to campus in the fall. Majors must be changed in writing. To do so, please complete the New Student Change of Major form and return it to the Office of Enrollment Services.


Will I have the opportunity to meet my student's advisor?
Yes, parents/guardians will have an opportunity to meet with either their student's advisor or a department representative in a group setting during the Parent Orientation program. This will be a wonderful opportunity to have questions answered about the curriculum at the College and specific courses of study.

Are accommodations provided on campus during for students and families during Orientation?
On campus housing is unfortunately not available to students or families during the June Advising & Registration Days, but there are several reasonably priced hotel options in the downcity area.  For a listing of local hotels and their respective rates (prices based upon availability), please click on the "Accommodations" tab on the right.

Resident students attending the late August Advising & Registration Day and/or the Fall Orientation program would move into their residence halls the morning their respective program begins. 

Will there be time to take my student shopping or out to dinner during Fall Orientation?
Fall Orientation is a very busy time for our new students. Please make plans to do all errands, Bookstore shopping, or anything else you would like to be present for prior to Mass on move-in day. Student shopping shuttles will be running over the weekend for students to pick up additional supplies at local stores including Shaws Market, WalMart and CVS.

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