About Philander Smith College

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College. is a college. Located in Arkansas, which is a city setting in Arkansas, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 765 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Philander Smith College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 36 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Philander Smith College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at PSC are considered , with ,3% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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Philander Smith College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    18 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    14 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    18 Students rated campus food 2.5 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    20 Students rated campus facilities 3.6 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    20 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    20 Students rated school activities 2.9 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    19 Students rated local services 4 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    20 Students rated academics 3.4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Philander Smith College?

10 Students rated Philander Smith College

Candice - 07/15/2021

When I first got to Philander, I had a full ride scholarship. I ended up losing it due to me just not doing what had to be done, and the faculty worked with me day in and day out. We came up with tactics to help with costs, and I'm happy to say that I'm glad I stuck around. The people are always smiling even when rushing to classes. The classes can either be hybrid, online, or full time. Hybrid classes are both online and in person, the days just switch out. The hybrid classes were my favorite, because it was kind of like a break even though we still had work. Being on campus surrounded by your friends makes the experience memorable.


Every school has their downfall but philander has molded me to be the Philander Woman that I am becoming. It is family oriented and everybody knows everybody if not you at least know their name. There are some professors and staff that care so much and they actually get involved.


My overall opinion of Philander Smith College if rating on a scale of 1-10 would be a 4.  I received a full paid academic Presidential Scholarship from them and nearly everything I was promised did not happen.  The registration process alone was very unorganized as they did not have any of my records on file and claimed I did not have a scholarship.  I tried to overlook them not being organized, but that was hard to do as things never got better.  The housing I was promised was full, so we were put in what seemed like small jail cells.  The food was not good, yet I was expected to use my food card to eat there.  The campus is not in the greatest neighborhood, yet we were in a room that did not even have a working lock at one time.  Overall my professors were good and I feel like I have learned a lot at Philander.  I learned many things that will help me in my future.  I learned to survive in a bad situation and my biology teacher is awesome.  She has been one of the reasons I even stayed at Philander.  She goes above and beyond to teach us and help us learn the best ways to study.  I think if the school was more organized they would have a better success rate.  Unfortunately, I am willing to give up a full ride due to nothing going as I was promised.  Being at Philander has taught me to grow up and accept the fact that things may not always go as planned, but it will also teach me to appreciate other campuses even more.


I love the campus, it’s full of people who look and act like me. Philander is one if the best things to happen to me, and has multiple opportunities for me to be great! This HBCU is full of people the accept me and has amazing Greek life, academics and community.

Philander Smith College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Philander Smith College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Philander Smith College is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Knowing what I know now there are a few things that I would go back and tell myself. One thing is to be activie. It is important to get your face out there and socialize in order to have a good college career. Another thing is to be prepared. You become in control of your life there is no one there to tell what and what not to do. It is hard sometimes to not party but to study you have to decide what is more important to you. Also partying is not a bad thing you just have to have a balance. Another thing is find a good positive group of friends to be around. If you are with people who are doing positive things you are more likely to be doing the same. Finally have fun. College is supposed to be the time of your life. Make sure you learn but do not miss out on the lessons and experiences outside of the classroom.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    everybody is cool

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The school is great.

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  5. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Philander is known for being a Historically Black College University.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    Philander Smith College is a historically Black College designed to educate and graduate students successfully. The campus is not too small but not too big. It is just right and serves as a hands-on college. They have a great Academic Career Center where any student can go to get help on any subject. asome on is always around to assist you with your issues. They also have a great tutoring program that any one can sign up for. Around test time Philander staff holds study sessions for students.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The lack of professionalism with the faculty and the lack of student activities.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who is not yet ready to start at a big college and wants to have smaller classes so they are able to focus and get the grades they would like and better understand what is really going on

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The kind of person that shouldn't attend Philander Smith College is someone who wants to go to a large school. Philander has less than 1,000 students. With it being a small school there is a strong feeling of community where everyone knows who each other is. For people who like to be able to be lost in the crowd, Philander many not be for them.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The thing I brag the most about my school is the class sizes. Attending a small college gives you many more oppurtunities to have academic gain. The class have usually no more than 30 students which is excellentAlso, the teachers always post office hours and give us their email if we have any question or concerns. I really love that about my school.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Because of its small class size professors get to know each student very well

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Before I came to this school, I wish I have known the choice I have concerning class schedule, the kind of credit that could be transferred and could not be transfereed as well as subsidized loans and unsubsidized loans.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The Business Office.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Depend on how serious the student take its really good.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?


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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    A small portion of it is.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Philander Smith College receive some sort of financial aid. 84% were awarded federal grants. While 86% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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