In the transfer admission process at Providence College, our focus is your success.
We want transfer candidates to be well prepared for the demands of study here at PC. Admission to Providence College as a transfer student is selective but sensitive to individual circumstances and needs. Given the limited number of vacancies, it is important to understand that our Committee on Admission reviews your application, college transcripts, and courses in progress, high school records, a required essay, an intended major (if one has been selected), and college disciplinary records to ensure that the match to PC is a good one.
- We encourage transfer applicants to achieve a 3.0 G.P.A. (4.0 scale) or better in substantive liberal arts courses at your current college. You must submit official transcripts of all work undertaken at the college level. Providence College does not enroll under any status a student who is not in good academic and disciplinary standing at a previous institution.
- Students who applied to Providence College as freshmen, but were not granted admission, are required to complete one full year of college course work in a full-time status before reapplying as a transfer student.
- Students who have earned a GED are also required to complete an Associate’s Degree before applying as a transfer student to Providence College.
Transferring from Community or Junior College
Students currently attending a community or junior college, who have earned a high school diploma, may wish to consider completion of the Associate’s Degree, though you are not required to do so for transfer admission consideration at Providence College.
If a community or junior college is the first college you have attended, we strongly recommend that you successfully complete a minimum of 24 transferable credits pursued as a full-time student, achieving a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in order to be competitive for admission to PC. These courses should reflect a broad, liberal arts perspective, and they should be that institution’s most demanding program.
As a community or junior college student, we advise you to limit the number of courses taken toward an intended major, with perhaps one or two courses as a maximum, because your intended major or field of study should be “saved” for the senior institution. Your community or junior college education should be used to identify and explore that major with introductory coursework only. Ideally, the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts (often called simply a “transfer program”) is your best choice.
What You Need to Apply:
- The Common Application: We only use the Common Application.
- Application fee of $65: Applicants who require an application fee waiver may request one through their transfer counselor or academic advisor.
- Official high school transcript(s): A final official high school transcript is required for all transfer students, regardless of how many college credits you wish to transfer.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended: Please arrange to have your current transcript sent to the Office of Admission for review before the April 1 deadline. Students who enroll will be required to submit the final official transcript when it is available.
- Transfer College Report: This form must be completed by a college or university official who has access to both academic and disciplinary records. It may be necessary to submit the report to two separate officials to complete the form. It is college policy that we will not review an application if the student is not currently in good academic or disciplinary standing at his or her current institution.
- Personal Essay: Please let us know why you wish to transfer. We will use this essay to evaluate writing skills as well as to learn about your reasons for entering the transfer process.
- Standardized Test Scores (Optional): Submission of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) is optional for all students applying for admission. The academic review for admission at Providence College has always been focused on each student’s high school performance rather than standardized test results. This test-optional policy allows each student to decide whether they wish to have their standardized test results considered as part of their application for admission. Additional details about the policy can be found here: Standardized Testing.
- Class syllabi: Please submit for transfer credit evaluation. If you do not have the syllabi, you should contact the academic department at your institution where they will be on file. Syllabi should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following forms are helpful, but not required:
- Instructor’s Evaluation
- Mid-Term Report