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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Philander Smith is a private, Christian college located in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a historically black college, Philander Smith has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 955 undergraduate students. The Philander Smith acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Biology. Graduating 44% of students, Philander Smith alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $21,400.
900 W. Daisy Bates Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202
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Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

Philander Smith College Rankings

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Philander Smith Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
June 30
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$13,783/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$12,505/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.24 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    83%
  • On Campus
    15%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
955Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
45
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
82%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
  • Ambitious
    23%
  • Educated
    23%
  • Excited
    23%
  • Focused
    23%
  • Outgoing
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.26 responses
Poll
45%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
  • Interesting
    53%
  • Exciting
    35%
  • I don't really know
    6%
  • Less than mediocre
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$24,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.17 responses
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Philander Smith College is not the place to attend and have the full college experience. I have been at Philander long enough to know that Philander only sells dreams and never promises. Philander Smith College doesn't listen to the students' concerns instead they ignored us numerous times and never gave us true answers. I was brought to Philander under false promises such as more residential buildings would be added, the student parking lot was going to be fixed (didn't get a fix until my junior year and that raised the tuition), etc before coming. Important paperwork would have been lost or misplaced and your process would be on hold. The majority of the staff doesn't take responsibility for their mistake instead blames the student. Philander Smith College felt like going to another high school.

The only good thing about Philander is the students became family and were always there for each other when it mattered the most and we ended up having a good time.
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Philander has alot to give back to the community. This Social Justice College has given students the opportunity to fulfill dreams and even make wishes come true. Organizations like The Philander Smith Collegiate Choir, still gives the school enough recognition to be on top of most private HBCUs. The choir is one of the most popular organizations at the school, bringing in funds and notoriety. Academics are great as we all can tell by the Annual Honors Convocation. Greek Life is expanding and Campus Royalty seems to never disappoint their subjects. Philander has taught many people the importance of friendship and loyalty and even about how to live in our best days. Philander Smith College prepares its students to go out into the world to be the best them and to not have to be scared of whatever challenges that come their way. I love my HBCU!
Well I’m only a college freshmen so I don’t know how much you’ll value my opinion, but Philander Smith has been a great college setting for me. I’ve made lots of friends, the curriculum isn’t as complicated as every high school student worries about, and the teachers are very understanding. The campus is rather small but it’s beautiful and it gives you the opportunity to gain relationships with staff members. I would definitely recommend students to apply to this college for the next chapter of their education journey.