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COVID-19 Admission FAQ

The following information is intended for prospective students applying for Fall of 2021 and beyond. Information for current and incoming students regarding the reopening of Providence College is available at reopen.providence.edu.

Frequently asked questions unrelated to COVID-19 are also available.


Will Providence College adjust its testing policies as a result of COVID-19?

Since Providence College is test-optional and has been for the past 10+ years, students who do not submit standardized test scores will not be penalized in any way. More information on our standardized testing policy.

Will Providence College honor AP exam scores earned from exams taken in 2020?

Yes, students who receive a 4 or 5 on the AP exam, regardless of when or through what format the exam was administered, will receive AP credit.  More information about our AP credit and equivalency policy.

Part of my high school experience was graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Will this impact my admissibility or ability to enroll?

The Office of Admission recognizes that a number of secondary schools have adjusted their grading scales or adopted a pass/fail system due to recent events. Students will in no way be impacted by these adjustments, nor do they need to request permission or notify the Office of Admission that their transcript will arrive with these changes. Transfer students who received a Pass grade, in the spring 2020 semester only, will be granted transfer credit for approved courses. Please note that there may be some restrictions on accepting courses with a P grade due to standards of external accrediting bodies or pre-existing department/program policies.

If my grades have recently dropped due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, will that impact my admissibility?

We are fully aware that the pandemic has caused multiple unprecedented challenges for students.  Since our review for admission is holistic, we will remain as flexible as possible when reviewing your most recent grades and making our admission decisions. 

If I couldn’t be involved outside of the classroom because my sport or extracurricular activity was cancelled due to COVID-19, how will that affect my application?

Your application for admission will not be affected if you were unable to participate in extracurricular activities while learning remotely or in-person due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Please feel free to include any planned activities that were cancelled in the Additional Information section of the Common Application. Further details on the approach we will be taking are included in this statement our Dean of Admission and Financial Aid has signed along with 300+ other institutions.

Am I able to visit campus?

Please continue to check the visit portion of our website for updates on campus visits.  Beginning in late summer, we have been able to accommodate a limited number of visitors but the available spaces do fill quickly. More robust offerings are available virtually throughout the summer months.