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Multicultural & First-Generation College Students

A​s a Catholic and Dominican institution, diversity is a key component of our collective pursuit of truth, promoting rigorous exploration of diverse ideas and theories, critical engagement with the world, cross-cultural understanding, innovation in problem-solving, and collaboration across differences within and beyond the classroom.

At Providence College, we recognize that students of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds, faith traditions, LGBTQ students, first-generation college students, and more all contribute to a strong campus community that benefits all who are a part of it.


  • Multicultural Scholars Program: Financial assistance program through the Office of Admission that offers multicultural students and others who are admitted the opportunity to pursue higher education in the form of several leadership and community involvement scholarship awards.
  • Transitions Program: Pre-Orientation program for multicultural and first-generation college students intended to get them acclimated with all aspects of campus.
  • PC1G: An initiative designed to help first-generation students and their families find resources, programs, and campus partners, so that they may thrive at Providence College.
  • SHEPARD (Stopping Homophobia, Eliminating Prejudice and Restoring Dignity): Student group with a mission of building a safe and welcoming environment throughout campus for those who identify as LGBTQQIAA*.
  • Office of Institutional Diversity: supports the College’s mission to create a rich learning, living, and working environment that affirms the ess​ential dignity of every person.

…There are many other ways that Providence College supports and cultivates the diversity of our community. A full listing is available here.