Providence College (also known as Providence or 'PC') is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university located about two miles west of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, United States, the state's capital city. With a - enrollment of 3,852 undergraduate students and 735 graduate students, the college specializes in academic programs in the liberal arts. It is the only college or university in North America administered by the Dominican Order of friars. Founded in 1917, the college offers 49 majors and 34 minors and requires all its students to complete 20 credits in the Development of Western Civilization, which serves as a major part of the college's core curriculum. Fr. Brian Shanley has been the school's president since 2005. In athletics, Providence College competes in NCAA's Division I and is a founding member of the Big East Conference and Hockey East.
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