Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention and Graduation Rates help the College understand how well our students are able to be persistent to completion in their educational goals. The College evaluates these measurements to help identify and remove barriers to student success and to help forecast annual enrollment levels and set new student recruiting targets.

  • Retention Rates indicate the percentage of enrolled students that persist in continuous enrollment at this university from one year to the next.
  • Graduation Rates indicate the percentage of enrolled students that graduate from this university after specified numbers of years from their initial enrollment at this university.


Returning for sophomore year


Student-faculty ratio


Graduating in 4 years

Career Outcomes

Here we present the most recent information about Providence alumni and their careers and graduate school transitions following graduation. This information was collected during a June 2016 survey of Providence alumni.

Key observations are as follows:

Examples of Providence graduate careers include:

Sales Manager for Vivint
Manager at Chess4Life
Account Manager for It Works Global
Computer Programmer
Entertainment Law
UPS Package Receiver
Teacher at Pasadena Christian School
Orange County Director for Parker-Anderson Enrichment
Nursing Program Data Technician
Customer Service Representative at Caliber Collision
Community Director for low income housing project
Sports Reporter for MLive.com
Research Technician and Lab Manager

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Providence 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 Connected

Leverage the resources of our unique urban context

Purposely Residential

Foster holistic and organic conversation though residential community life

The Providence Promise

Core Abilities of Our Graduates


Independent Life-long Learner



Adept Communication Skills

Thinking, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Digital-based Research and Communication


Critical Thinking & Problem Solving



Team Player & Leader

Works well in diverse groups


Articulation of Faith and Vision of Vocation



Virtuous Habits of the Heart

Wisdom, Character, Christian Imagination, Being and Doing


Global Citizen



Effective Citizen


Student Learning Outcomes

Faith Guided Learning™ and Our Commitment Directive

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

Christian Liberal Arts Degree

At Providence, we focus on a single liberal arts degree on purpose to broaden the minds of our students and then supplement that core with the choice of two additional concentrations geared toward specific career goals.

Career Concentrations

The versatility of a liberal arts foundation paired with specific career concentrations produces graduates who are prepared for a variety of vocations, ministries, and whatever opportunities the future may bring.

Deeper Learning for Greater Wisdom