Philander Smith College Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Graduation Rates & More

Little Rock, Arkansas, Skyline
Little Rock, Arkansas, Skyline. Matthew Field / Wikimedia Commons

Philander Smith College Admissions Overview:

Students applying to Philander Smith will need to submit, along with an application form, scores from the SAT or ACT, and official high school transcripts. The school has open admissions, which means that all interested and qualified students (those graduated from high school or with a GED) are able to attend. If you have any questions about applying, be sure to get in touch with the admissions office at Philander Smith.

Campus visits are always encouraged, and students should check out the school's website for more information.

Admissions Data (2016):

Philander Smith College Description:

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a four-year, private historically black college affiliated with the United Methodist church. Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, the campus supports a student body of under 600, with a healthy student/faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Philander Smith is the only member of the United Negro College Fund in Arkansas. The college offer a range of bachelor’s degrees through its academic divisions of Humanities, Education, Natural and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Business and Economics.

Business is by far the most popular major. Students stay involved outside of the classroom, and the school is home to numerous student clubs and organizations, as well as an active Greek Life with four fraternities and four sororities. On the athletic front, the Philander Smith College Panthers compete at the intercollegiate level in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

Varsity sports include women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s track and field.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 765 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,714
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,250
  • Other Expenses: $3,426
  • Total Cost: $25,390

Philander Smith College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 87%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,380
    • Loans: $6,596

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Psychology, Sociology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 69%
  • Transfer-out Rate: -%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 24%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 40%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Cross Country, Track and Field, Volleyball, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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