Providence College (also known as Providence or “PC”) is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university located about two miles west of downtown Providence, Rhode Island
With a 2012–2013 enrollment of 3,852 undergraduate students and 735 graduate students, Providence College specializes in academic programs in the liberal arts. It is the only college or university in North America administered by the Dominican Friars.
Founded in 1917, the college offers 49 majors and 34 minors and, beginning with the class of 2016, requires all its students to complete 16 credits in the Development of Western Civilization, which serves as a major part of the college’s core curriculum (down from 20 credits previously). Fr. Brian Shanley has been the school’s president since 2005.
In athletics, Providence College competes in NCAA’s Division I and is a founding member of the Big East Conference and Hockey East. In December 2012, the College announced it and six other Catholic colleges would leave the Big East Conference to form its own league, which will also be called the Big East.