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.
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.
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.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- 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 growth and development in understanding their values and cultural perspectives as well as the values and cultural perspectives of others
- 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
- Communicate effectively and reflectively with diverse communities
- Demonstrate active participation in the college, church, and the neighboring community
- Demonstrate awareness of social responsibility and the pursuit of justice
- Demonstrate faithful pursuit of calling for service
- Demonstrate accountability and practice responsible Christian stewardship.
Student Learning Outcomes
1) Interdisciplinary Competence: Students will be able to produce evidence of the ability to make connections across the disciplines of the Liberal Arts (humanities and sciences) curriculum.
- Articulate a Reformed biblical perspective that is integrated in all areas of study
- Integrate a broad liberal arts perspective through self-reflection and participation in experiential education
- Exhibit awareness of diversity in both historical and contemporary cultures (* see number 5)
- Construct and effectively present research using quantitative and qualitative reasoning and scientific data
- Create capstone projects that reflect interdisciplinary competencies and a love of life-long learning
2) Creative- and Critical-Thinking: Students will be able to critically evaluate claims and research, consider multiple perspectives, discern sound premises, and develop biblical viewpoints and creative solutions to problems.
- Incorporate a Reformed Christian worldview into thought, attitudes, and actions seeking to diminish the power of egocentric and socio-centric tendencies
- Work diligently to develop the habitual virtues of intellectual integrity, humility, civility, empathy, and justice
- Think with contextual discernment in order to live reflectively, rationally, reasonably, and compassionately
- Analyze and evaluate issues objectively in order to form sound judgments and reasoned actions
- Develop and demonstrate creativity, innovation, and imagination
3) Media and Information Literacy: Students will understand the functions of media and other information providers to evaluate critically and make informed decisions as users and producers of information and media content
- Use media, information, and technology as a redemptive tool
- Foster responsible, conscientious engagement in digital communication and communities
- Embody the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to research with wisdom and discernment
- Demonstrate media literacy by accessing, evaluating, using, producing and communicating information and technological content
- Communicate transparently by identifying and accounting for presuppositions and biases in media resources
4) Communication: Students will be able to communicate across diverse audiences effectively, creatively, and persuasively in oral, visual, and written formats.
- Assimilate a biblical worldview into all types of communication
- Weigh the personal, social, ethical, and spiritual consequences of communication and honor the dignity of every person as created in the image of God
- Create effective communications for intercultural and cross-cultural contexts
- Communicate collaboratively with others in discovering truth and developing solutions to complex problems
- Promote reasoned and civil discourse in philosophical, political, and religious arenas
5) Global Citizenship and Community Connectedness – Students will exhibit biblical habits of the heart through nurturing respect for all, building a sense of community belonging, and being responsible and active global citizens
- Nurture wisdom and discernment (Deeper Learning for Greater Wisdom ™) in order to fulfill God’s mandate for faithful stewardship over the creation and service to humanity
- Serve God and neighbor through compassionate moral action with a clear sense of calling for the service of humanity and glorification of God
- Assume an active role in facing and resolving community and global challenges in order to become proactive contributors in the redemption of creation
- Participate in the complex process of developing wisdom, discernment, and maturity by committing to lifelong learning