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Summer Campus Visits


It’s early July, which means that our summer campus visit season is already in full swing. Many families will ask us about visiting during the the summer vs. the school year, so let’s take a look at summer visits here at PC.

First, there are three different visit options available:

If you’re thinking of visiting, which one should you choose?

For first-time visitors who have a 2- to 2-1/2 hour window to spend on campus, the combination of the Group Information Session and Campus Tour is the best introduction to PC. The 45 minute information session includes presentations from both an admission counselor and a current student, and will give you an overview of the College, academic and student life, and the admission and financial aid processes. A student-led walking tour of campus immediately follows the session, and this portion of the visit lasts for about 60-75 minutes.

For families that don’t have as much time available to spend on campus but still want to visit this summer, the Campus Tour Only (without the Group Information Session) might be the best option. The 60-75 minute tour of campus still will provide an introduction to PC,  even if you do miss out on some of the information shared during the Group Session. All tours (with or without the Group Session) will take you inside of academic facilities, a residence hall and room, dining halls, the Phillips Memorial Library, St. Dominic Chapel, athletic facilities, and our student center.

The Personal Interview is open to any rising high school senior (meaning you’ll be a senior this fall!), and the students who have scheduled interviews so far this summer have ranged from first-time visitors to students who have already been to campus two and three different times. Some students want to “do it all” on their first visit – interview, information session, and tour, and this is certainly a possibility. If you’d prefer to get a sense of the campus before scheduling an interview (which are encouraged, but optional, by the way), interviews are also available to high school seniors in the fall.


All in all, the summer is a great time to make an initial visit to campus, or to follow up a spring visit by scheduling an interview. The campus itself is beautiful in the summer, you can explore at a more leisurely pace, and it tends to be easier to get a close parking space! And for many families, summer visits simply work best due to busy schedules during the academic year. However…

Remember that the campus has a different “feel” to it during the summer months than it does when classes are in session. So, if you enjoy your visit to PC this summer, I encourage you to come back again this fall and see campus “in action” when the students have returned from summer break. If you attend an information session and/or go on a tour this summer, take the opportunity for a more in-depth visit in the fall, like our Day in Friartown shadowing program. And, most importantly, whenever you visit, try to take some time to explore on your own, after the official tour has ended. Poke your head in some classrooms, chat up some current students in the dining hall, spend some time off campus in the city of Providence… the more time you can spend here, and the more people you can talk to, the better sense you’ll have of whether PC is truly the right fit for you.

Safe travels!

Waiting List Update (6/5)

At this point, the Class of 2018 is at capacity, which means that there are no further class spaces available from the waiting list. The following message was sent by e-mail yesterday to all students who remained under active consideration on the waiting list:

Thank you for your continued interest in Providence College and patience with regard to your waiting list status. At this time, the College has reached its enrollment goal for the Class of 2018, and there are currently no additional spaces available in the freshman class.

While it is unlikely that any vacancies for the fall will become available, we are continuing to monitor withdrawal data and waiting list activity at other institutions that may impact enrollment at Providence College. Due to the possibility of some currently deposited students accepting an offer from the waiting list at another institution in the coming weeks, we will be maintaining a summer waiting list for students who remain strongly interested in PC at this point.

If you wish to remain in active consideration on the summer waiting list at Providence College, please respond by e-mail to admission@providence.edu indicating this intention no later than June 16, 2014. Please be aware that we do not anticipate spaces becoming available in the Class of 2018 this summer. Students remaining active on the summer waiting list will be notified of a final decision by August 1, 2014.

Thank you for your sincere interest in Providence College during your college search process.

A note on the “summer waiting list” option referenced in the e-mail message: It is very unlikely that we will have any spaces available in the class this summer based on the number of students we have enrolled at this time. The only way we would be able to accommodate any students who elect to join the summer waiting list would be if an unexpectedly large number of currently enrolled students withdraw from PC over the next two months. Finally, should the unexpected occur and spaces become available, only students who elect to join the summer waiting list will be considered. Yesterday’s message signifies the official closing of the original waiting list.

I know the above message isn’t an easy one to receive, especially if you really saw PC as the place for you. My hope is that, with the release of the waiting list, the students who have been waiting for news about the possibility of attending PC can now turn 100% of their focus to the other institutions they have enrolled at, and prepare for an exciting college experience that will start this fall.

As we conclude the 2013-2014 academic year and admission cycle with the closing of the waiting list, I want to thank all of you who have so religiously read this blog and participated in the conversation through comments and questions. I truly appreciate you taking the time to learn more about PC and our admission process here. To all of the high school seniors, best wishes for a great summer and successful start to your college career this fall, wherever you are headed!

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