Presbyterian College

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503 S. Broad Street

Clinton, SC 29325

Phone: (864) 833-2820
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jun. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Presbyterian College is a private institution that was founded in 1880. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,172, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 240 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Presbyterian College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 126. Its tuition and fees are $33,650 (2013-14).

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

Presbyterian College, a top liberal arts college, strives for excellence in the classroom, via inquiry and dialogue, and on the playing field, via its participation in NCAA Division I sports. In addition to the College's excellent undergraduate offerings, PC opened a graduate School of Pharmacy in 2010 and was honored by the Chinese government in 2009 when it funded a Confucius Institute on campus. Presbyterian College is the only undergraduate liberal arts college in the United States awarded such an instititute from China. Moreover, ample opportunities exist for study abroad, internships, and student research. PC has been named a Distinguished member of the National Presidents Honor Roll of Service and has a student body that regularly engages in service projects in the city of Clinton and Upstate South Carolina, thereby living out the College's motto, "Dum Vivimus Servimus" or "While we live, we serve." Seven Presbyterian College professors have been named South Carolina CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) professors of the year, twice as many as any other institution in the state. Both students and faculty of Presbyterian note that high quality relationships set it apart from other institutions, as faculty engage students both in and out of the classroom. As a liberal arts college that embraces honor, academic rigor, and community relationships, PC is also a church-related liberal arts college whose philosophy of excellence in reason and excellence in faith provides students an opportunity to examine and celebrate their faith, Christian and otherwise, in the context of an enriched, caring, and global-oriented community.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1880
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $79,883,621


When applying to Presbyterian College, it's important to note the application deadline is June 30, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 15 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.8 percent and an early acceptance rate of 61.9 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 57.8%
Application deadline June 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Presbyterian College is 14:1, and the school has 59.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Presbyterian College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences; History; and English Language and Literature/Letters. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 61%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 12%
Social Sciences 11%
History 9%
English Language and Literature/Letters 7%

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Student Life

Presbyterian College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,172, with a gender distribution of 43.8 percent male students and 56.2 percent female students. At this school, 97 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 3 percent of students live off campus. Presbyterian College is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,403
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Presbyterian College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Presbyterian College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Presbyterian College, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Presbyterian College.

Students who have cars on campus 95%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Presbyterian College, 75.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $27,023.

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Tuition and fees $33,650 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,028 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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