Providence Christian College Reviews
Providence is a mixed bag. This college is only 10 years old, as of 2015, and is experiencing growing pains. The staff and faculty, for the most part, are great. Many of them were fired or left due to an uproar of finances and the choices made with the money the college received from students and donations. Board meetings were picketed and crashed - students entered a board meeting without permission to protest and were talked down to and dismissed. The President treasures the athletes so much that academics has subsequently gone downhill, and the athletes brought a lot of drug, alcohol, and sex problems to campus. The school is trying to work through that, though not in helpful ways at the moment. Only three of the programs at Providence are worth pursuing since the faculty in those programs are the best. The others are highly shaky, and the teachers for the General Ed courses are pretty mediocre. Most of the professors are adjunct, so connections are hard to make and maintain. Living on campus is encouraged to "build community," but building community means flimsy events and being kept up all hours of the night because quiet hours are not observed and you can hear everything through the thin walls. Financial aid is good because they are currently throwing money out to hook as many students as possible.
I had a great experience at Providence Christians college. The professors care about the students and are passionate about their field of study. One of Providence's greatest strength is the community. The small size allows for intentional programming and events that create a great atmosphere for growth together.
It is fair to say that each student will have a different experience of the college that he or she attended if compared to how other students experienced the institution. My experience at Providence Christian College was thoroughly enlightening and enjoyable. What initially attracted me to Providence was their Avodah program, which is an experiential learning initiative. The purpose of the program is to get students outside of the classroom to begin applying what they are learning in class. It was an amazing experience to be able to see how different subjects and disciplines were interrelated, and this opened my eyes to begin to see that the world is not compartmentalized. This also prepared me to think critically about current events in politics, culture, economics, international relations, etc. and how these are all connected. I would definitely recommend Providence Christian College to any high school student looking to apply for Christian higher education.