Philander Smith College

900 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Dr, Arkansas, United States
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Overview of Philander Smith College

About this school

Philander Smith, estabished in 1877, is a church-affiliated, historically black college. Its 25-acre campus is located in the heart of downtown Little Rock, in the Quapaw Quarter historic residential district.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:765
    • Men:294 (38.4%)
    • Women:471 (61.6%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Philander Smith College is minimally difficult: most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT I or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
3
Science
-
2
Foreign Language
-
2
Social Studies
-
2
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
6

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
July 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
900 West Daisy Bates Drive
City, State, Zip
Little Rock, AR  72202-3799
Phone
(501) 370-5221
Fax
(501) 370-5225
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$25
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
52% of 3,330 applicants were admitted
Women
52% of 2,181 applicants were admitted
Men
51% of 1,149 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
303 (18%) of 1,730 admitted students enrolled
Women
184 (16%) of 1,140 admitted students enrolled
Men
119 (20%) of 590 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
2.88
375 And Above
8%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
22%
2.00 - 2.49
19%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
17 average |14-19 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
0%
• Score 24 - 29
3%
• Score 18 - 23
31%
• Score 12 - 17
64%
• Score 6 - 11
2%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $12,714 (56.812189999553155%)
  • Room & Board: - $5,192 (23.200321730193483%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,000 (4.468474909513383%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $3,473 (15.51901336073998%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Philander Smith College accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
-
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001103
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
287 (98.6%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
279 (97.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
278 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
11 (4.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
51%
Average Award
$12,704
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 275 (98.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,748
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 250 (89.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,404
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 6 (2.2%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
8 (2.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,302

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
690 (96.6%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
668 (96.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
665 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
36 (5.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
51%
Average Award
$13,134
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 644 (96.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,917
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 598 (89.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,926
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 17 (2.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
31 (4.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,673

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
78%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$46,965
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Music
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Religious Involvement
Special Characteristics
Children of Faculty/Staff

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,600

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


36

Part-Time Faculty


30

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


42%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 39% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 44% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 15% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 1% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 31% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 52% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 14% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
95,130

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
225
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Philander Smith College provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


63.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


22.0%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


31.9%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


37.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (18)


  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer Science
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
  • Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Public administration and social services

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


196,537

Nearest Metropolitan Area


25 acres

Environment


Urban environment

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
29.1 average low in January, 89.3 average high in September
Rain
105 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
5 mile(s) from campus in Little Rock
Nearest Bus Station
North Little Rock
Nearest Train Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Little Rock

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing

Students of College Housing


63% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


37%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Not available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Panther
School Colors
Green and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
-

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Philander Smith College offers choral groups, drama theatre, national fraternities, national sororities, student government association, panther programming council, panther dolls, panther newscast, religious life council

Sororities


75% of women participate

Fraternities


80% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


725

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
765
Women
471
Men
294

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.4% Asian
  • 94.9% Black/African-American
  • 1.5% Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 0.4% White
  • 0.4% Unknown

International Students


2.9% from 8 countries

Average Age


23

Number of Graduate Students


Not reported

Student Resources

Study resources