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Providence Christian College at a Glance

The mission of Providence Christian College as a Reformed Christian institution is to equip students to be firmly grounded in biblical truth, thoroughly educated in the liberal arts, and fully engaged in their church, their community, and the world for the glory of God and for service to humanity.


History: Providence Christian College was founded in 2005.

Enrollment: More than 160 students from many states and foreign countries.

Location: Pasadena, California—just 15 miles northeast of Los Angeles, a metropolitan area that provides students with an array of international and cultural opportunities.

Denomination: Multi-denominational, with more than a dozen denominations represented in the student body.

Cost: The annual costs for traditional students, taking 12-17 credit hours per semester, and living on campus is approximately $39,000.

Financial Aid: 100% of Providence students receive some form of financial aid. The average financial aid package last year was $15,000.

Freshman Profile: Average high school GPA of 3.6; Average ACT score of 23; Average SAT score of 1130 on verbal and math sections.

Programs: Providence offers a broad liberal arts program in which students exercise intellectual curiosity and pursue academic excellence, in an environment that emphasizes learning in all programs and departments through a liberal studies major with career concentrations.

Career Concentrations:

Student to Faculty Ratio: The average student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1.

Educational Philosophy: Providence views the college experience holistically, seeking to educate mind, body, and soul in unity. A strong liberal arts education forms the basis of the college’s approach. Each course is taught from a Reformed, biblical perspective, emphasizing critical thinking, analytical skills, effective communication, and research abilities that prepare graduates to succeed vocationally as well as to serve as leaders in their churches, families, and the broader community.

Core Values: What We Care About

  • Biblical Perspective – Remain deeply rooted in Reformed Protestant Christianity.
  • Academic Development – Maintain the highest standards of academic excellence.
  • Intentionally Undergraduate – Meet the distinct needs of traditional, full-time, undergraduate students.
  • Liberal Arts Focused – Equip students to be capable thinkers and communicators.
  • Community Connectedness – Leverage the resources of our unique urban context.
  • Purposely Residential – Foster holistic and organic conversation though residential community life.

Our Goal

Create a culture of learning in which the Bible and the Reformed confessions that summarize its teachings provide the essential principles, directives, and standards that direct our educational philosophy so that we may glorify God.

Create a broad liberal arts program in which students exercise intellectual curiosity and pursue academic excellence, in an environment that emphasizes learning in all programs and departments.

Create a culture that promotes participation in the covenant communities of family, church, and school through peer and mentoring relationships.

Equip and encourage members of the college community to serve God and neighbor as the Bible directs with a clear sense of their calling for the service of humanity and glorification of God.

Practice responsible stewardship in all programs and departments of the college and nurture in students the wisdom and discernment necessary for the fulfillment of God’s mandate for faithful stewardship over the creation and service to humanity.

Student Learning Outcomes

At Providence, we expect our students to be able to do the following upon graduating:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the entire Bible
  • Articulate a Reformed perspective on the core and their major discipline(s)
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically by asking questions, evaluating arguments, finding evidence, and drawing warranted conclusions
  • Demonstrate a basic level of literacy in information, language, technology, and quantitative analysis
  • Communicate effectively, creatively, and persuasively in a variety of ways- written, oral, visual, and digital
  • Demonstrate active participation in the college, church, and the neighboring community
  • Demonstrate growth and development in understanding their values and cultural perspectives as well as the values and cultural perspectives of others
  • Communicate effectively and reflectively with diverse communities
  • Demonstrate awareness of social responsibility and the pursuit of justice
  • Demonstrate faithful pursuit of calling for service
  • Demonstrate accountability and practice responsible Christian stewardship.

Stats and Figures

Key Performance Indicators (Fall 2015):

  • Graduation Rate 68%
  • Retention Rate 66%
  • Average GPA 3.15
  • Average SAT 1000
  • 53% Male; 47% Female

3 Year Average

  • Retention rate= 37%
  • Graduation rate= 58%
  • Student Faculty ratio= 14:1

Fall Enrollment Statistics:

Fall Enrollment Statistics 2015

Fall Enrollment Statistics 2014

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Fall Enrollment Statistics 2012

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“Liberal arts is a conversation through which we obtain wisdom. True wisdom, then, founded in the fear and love of the Lord, engenders a desire for a deeper knowledge and love of one another, teaches us and aids us in forgiving and reconciling with one another and encourages us to explore together the limitless implications of our redeemed existence on this earth.”
Danielle D.
Class of 2015
“Christians are called to God's service not only in church professions but also in every secular calling.”
J. Gresham Machen

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