The University of Providence is located in Great Falls, Montana (population over 59,000) in Cascade County near Interstate 15, between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. There are numerous recreational opportunities in and around Great Falls.
A park like setting, the University of Providence occupies a 44-acre campus immediately south of 10th Avenue South in Great Falls. The campus is made up of 17 buildings, including mature trees and 1960’s architecture. The size of the campus allows students to move easily between classes, administrative offices and services, athletic events and university activities.
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The campus includes a variety of attractive and comfortable residence halls. First year students reside in Emilie Hall.
The University also has several apartment style residences; Argo Hall, Sikora Hall, Sister Rita Mudd Hall, Vancouver Hall, and the Wellness House. Learn more about residential life here.
Find something that needs to be repaired or fixed in a residence hall? Fill out the Maintenance Request form online.
As campus art professor for nearly 33 years, Sister Mary Trinitas Morin left a rich legacy of art. As a Sister of Providence, she created art for the chapel, campus, friends, and for special occasions.
Sister Mary Trinitas’ early artistic talent was developed at the University of Washington, St. Catherine College in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Chicago Art Institute, and Catholic University, Washington, D.C., where she received her master’s degree in art in 1952.
Other highlights of the gallery include the collection of her silver chalices and Trinitas’ master’s degree project, a brass and stained-glass sculpture depicting the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist.
The hallway leading from Trinitas Chapel to the gallery is dominated by a 4-foot-by-36-foot mixed-media frieze depicting the history of the Sisters of Providence. Trinitas oversaw creation of this frieze, which was completed by her students during a summer art class she taught in Seattle.
Work exhibited at Galerie Trinitas changes throughout the year, with major pieces remaining. The gallery also hosts student shows periodically.
Trinitas built the crucifix and hand-carved the 4-foot tall figure of Christ. A mosaic of 11,000 pieces behind the crucifix was placed by Trinitas and her students. The stained-glass work was hers, too.
She also hand-carved the 14 scenes of the Stations of the Cross from apple wood that had been discarded from the chapel in the old Columbus Hospital.
Along with a new classroom, lecture hall, and collaboration rooms, the new University Center will house Argo Central (which includes admissions and a one-stop-shop for student services), administration offices, the Trinitas Art Gallery, and a multipurpose meeting space that can be used for large banquets or meetings. The classroom, which can be used as a small conference room, will hold up to 30 people and the lecture hall, which can be used as a large conference room, will hold up to 60. The multipurpose conference and banquet room will accommodate 300 seated at large, round tables, 420 people in rows of chairs and 700 people in standing room only.
Check out the virtual fly-through of the new building here.
Dedicated on April 29, 2011, Providence Plaza is a tribute to the charity and courage of the Sisters of Providence and a call for others to follow.
The five waterfalls represent the five Sisters who embarked on their 1856 journey: Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Pariseau); Praxedes of Providence, Mary of the Precious Blood, Vincent de Paul, and Blandine of the Holy Angels.
The prayer “Providence of God, I believe in you,” often sung by the Sisters, celebrates Providence and says, “the loving presence of God, watchful over the created universe, attentive to the needs of all, working in us and through us.”
The terrazzo centerpiece depicts the Sisters crossing the mountains, traveling eastward from Vancouver, Washington.
The sculpture of the Sister of Providence, “Learning with Love,” symbolizes the importance the Sisters placed on education.
The stained-glass window depicts St. Vincent de Paul, the inspiration to the Sisters, and the words that they lived by, “the charity of Christ impels us” (2 Cor. 5:14).
In 2016-17 the University of Providence added the brand-new Argo Field to its list of athletic facilities. The field was built right next to the McLaughlin center and hosts UP soccer home games on campus.
The McLaughlin Center hosts a newly renovated, 1,200 seat gymnasium and also features one of the best fitness centers in the Frontier Conference with over 20 cardio machines and 40 pieces of weightlifting equipment. Also in 2016-2017, the university did more work to the McLaughlin Center Gym than at any other single time since the building was constructed in 1965. Among the biggest changes was a complete repainting of the gym floor. Crews also installed a new air conditioning system in the gym and put in new, brighter lights.