Philander Smith College

2014 Quick Stats
900 W. Daisy Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202-3718

Phone: (501) 375-9845
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#72 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Philander Smith College is a private institution that was founded in 1877. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 666, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 25 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Philander Smith College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 72. Its tuition and fees are $9,500 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a small, privately funded, four-year liberal arts, career-oriented institution supported by the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Through the holistic development of the students, they are able to reach their potential as human beings and as contributing members of society. The mission of Philander Smith College is to grant access to higher education to individuals who are, or who have the potential to be, academically talented, regardless of their social, economic, or educational background. The College fosters a love of learning, spirit of independent inquiry, free exchange of ideas, broad and active spiritual life, and concern for the world at large. Philander Smith College is proud of its legacy as a Historically Black College. While we remain true to our mission of educating deserving students from within the African American community as one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), we are boldly embracing diversity to provide a real world learning experience for our students. Our campus is rich with diverse cultures, while our student body is 90 percent African American, students representing 18 countries throughout the world are enrolled at PSC. Neatly nestled on 25 acres in walking distance of downtown Little Rock, Philander Smith offers state-of-the art facilities near the heart of Arkansas' economic, cultural, and governmental centers. New additions to the campus include the Donald W. Reynolds Library and Technology Center, Harry R. Kendall Science and Health Mission Center, Sherman Tate Student Recreation Center, and a new student residential life center. "Students have a new place to live and learn at the Great Philander Smith College."

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1877
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Philander Smith College, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at Philander Smith College is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 96.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 96.2%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Philander Smith College is 10:1, and the school has 77.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.7 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Philander Smith College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 666, with a gender distribution of 36.3 percent male students and 63.7 percent female students. Philander Smith College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 666
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Philander Smith College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Philander Smith College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Philander Smith College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $9,500 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,000 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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