We visited PC last week (D is a Jr) and I have nothing negative to say. I lived in Providence 6 yr and it is a great town. The neighborhood right around PC not the greatest, but they have buses.
It looked to me that the students we saw there really liked being there. The ones who worked with the AO were courteous and helpful beyond belief. They walked us nearly all the way to buildings when pointing would have been fine.
We visited the bookstore and I looked at the books for the Western Civ course. I was impressed--lots of primary sources. They will be readng their a...es off in that class. The books for the honors lit & hist courses looked terrific, too. Primary sources, and demanding engagement with the material.
D was allowed to sit in on a class of that course. She sat in the back and did not like it that the kids around her acted like her hs classmates---doodling, texting, etc. But she noticed the ones down in the front were all taking notes and raising their hands with questions. She knows where she would be sitting!
That course is mandatory for all there, as you know. So I guess it is a safe guess the kids in the back were not the future history majors.