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The 2020 Urban Action program has unfortunately been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who had completed registrations will be contacted directly by the Dean of Students Office.


Urban Action is a two part program which supports community service projects in the Providence community. The first part of the program is designed for first year students and takes place prior to the beginning of the academic year. The second part of the program takes place throughout the academic year and is open to all students.

Urban Action Summer Program for Incoming First-Year Students

Urban Action sponsors a five day program for incoming first-year students.  This program is designed to increase students’ understanding of urban issues while also introducing them to the Providence community. Through UA, students spend three days volunteering at local sites in the city of Providence, and one day volunteering on campus helping fellow classmates move in. Through dedication to service and reflection, they make a difference in their new community.  This is also a great opportunity to meet other students and to learn more about Providence College.  

Urban Action activities conclude in time for students to fully participate in Fall Orientation.  The cost of the Urban Action Program is $200 which includes meals, site transportation, and social activities. Registrations are accepted on a first come-first served basis.  The program capacity is 150 students. Students will be notified in mid-July if they are accepted into the program. A limited number of scholarships are available for the Urban Action program. More information is available on the registration page.

2020 Urban Action Program Dates: The 2020 Urban Action program has unfortunately been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.