Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College, PSC, was established as Walden Seminary in 1877 and was renamed Philander Smith College in 1882. PSC is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The campus of this private, historically black college is situated in Little Rock, Arkansas. PSC offers a wide variety of programs through the following academic divisions:

  • Division of Business and Economics
  • Division of Education
  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Natural and Physical Science
  • Division of Social Sciences
  • Harry R. Kendall Science & Health Mission Center
  • Philander Smith Management Institute

The athletics department of Philander Smith College is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Association of Independent Institutions. The teams are nicknamed the Panthers, and they participate in basketball, and volleyball.

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Philander Smith College
One Trudie Kibbe Reed Drive
Little Rock , AR 72202-3799
General Phone: (501) 375-9845

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Philander Smith College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management33business management, business administration
Liberal Arts14English, political science, sociology
Education and Teaching14educational administration, early childhood education, physical education teaching
Therapy and Counseling9psychology
Family and Social Work9social work
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Philander Smith College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree8212

Philander Smith College Student Body

Philander Smith College is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Philander Smith College had a total enrollment of 561 students (513 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 30%
(Foreign Students) 70%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 22%
22-24 19%
25-29 11%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Philander Smith College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %

Philander Smith College Room and Board (2007)

Philander Smith College offers campus housing for 264 of its 513 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Little Rock, Arkansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arkansas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Philander Smith College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal330530
SAT Math390530
SAT Writing340510
ACT Verbal1420
ACT Math1519
ACT Composite1420

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT14%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT70%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Philander Smith College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,740
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,740
Room and board $ 6,650
Room charge $ 4,200
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,450
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,010

Financial Aid:
Philander Smith College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 110300)

Philander Smith College Faculty

Philander Smith College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2217

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$54,7001*
Associate professorcalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$58,7752*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year1*1*
Associate professoracademic year2*2*
Assistant professoracademic year15$37,52311$37,263
Instructoracademic year5$39,2115$31,557
All faculty totalacademic year23$37,86419$36,921

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Philander Smith College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Independent Southwest Region

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):


Philander Smith College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Political Science and Government, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked United Methodist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
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