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Undeclared Advising Program

Undeclared students enjoy a unique opportunity to explore their interests, tap their talents, research options, evaluate alternatives, and make informed academic decisions before selecting a suitable academic major.

In recent years, nearly half of each year’s freshman class has entered Providence College without declaring an academic major. Some students have already narrowed the field of possible majors to a “short list.” Others want to learn more about the College’s 49 majors before they make a choice.

The Undeclared Advising Program provides students the resources and advisors they need to thoroughly explore their academic options during the first three semesters at Providence. Faculty members from nearly all academic departments serve as academic advisors – the foundation for the program. Their advice is supplemented with targeted seminars and workshops to help students select a suitable major.

It is associated with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies & Graduate Studies.  This program provides assistance to students who prefer to explore various academic options before committing to specific majors.  The Director of the Undeclared Advising Program is responsible for selecting and assisting faculty advisors who are prepared to advise undeclared freshmen and sophomores in their orientation to the College, course selection, exploration of academic goals and major program options, as well as the transition process into their declared majors.

The Undeclared Program seeks to help students identify majors consistent with their academic strengths and goals and to foster their academic growth and development.   While students are ultimately responsible for their own choices and for conducting their own major search processes, undeclared advisors are encouraged to guide them toward prudent exploratory course selections as they test various major options.

The Undeclared Advising Office is located in Harkins Hall 213 and can be reached at 401.865.2177.  Please feel free to contact us with questions about your academic options.

 

Introduction to Providence College

Transitioning from high school to college can be daunting. The academic experience is more rigorous. There’s a whole new social environment and campus culture to navigate. Students are challenged to manage their own time and activities in a way many have never done before.

In other words, there is a lot of knowledge related to what college is and how to be successful in college that many incoming first-year students do not have.

To help fill this gap, the Center for Engaged Learning, in collaboration with Academic Advising, runs a 1-credit course for first-semester students at Providence College called Introduction to Providence College.

The goals of this course are two-fold:

  1. to help students integrate meaningfully into the Providence College community through educating them about campus resources, building relationships, and participation in a wide variety of campus experiences and
  2. to introduce students to key academic skills they need to be successful in their PC coursework.

One primary benefit of this course is that it is taught by students’ academic advisor, which means that students are able to form meaningful relationships with their advisor early. Advisors get to know students in a way that allows them to give better guidance.

In Fall 2019, about 200 incoming undeclared majors will be able to take Introduction to Providence College. If you are interested, ask about Intro to PC at your Summer Advising and Registration day or email advising@providence.edu.