Girls from poor and backward families could not afford to go to the plains to continue their higher education. Hence, a college at Spring Field, Coonoor was a long-term dream of our local inhabitants. This was realized when Mother Marie Therese, a zealous French Missionary belonging to The Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes founded Providence College for Women on 1st July 1966. Her aim was to serve the milieu without any distinction of caste or creed.
The Spring Field palace of the Cochin Maharaja became the college campus. It was fed and nurtured by St. Joseph's Convent, the parent institution. It was affiliated to Madras University and from 1982 it is affiliated to Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. The main building was used as the college as well as hostel for lecturers and students. Ms.Padmini Adeseshiah was appointed as the first Principal with three staff members and 31 students, 7 of whom were hostelites.
In the beginning, the college accommodated students from Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, Fuji, Srilanka, Nigeria and Thailand along with the local students. Today the college caters to the local students and students from Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
Self-Financing courses came into effect from 2004-05 with M.A. English Literature and M.Sc. Mathematics. B.C.A. and M.Com.(C.A.) were introduced in 2005-06. M.Sc. Computer Science was recently started in 2012-13.
Part time and full time Research courses with M.Phil. and Ph.D are also offered by the college.