Philander Smith College

Little Rock, AR
School Type:
4-year Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
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Quick facts
  • Founded: 1877
  • Enrollment: 769
  • Mascot: Panthers
  • Colors: Green and Yellow
  • Motto: Philander Forward
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Philander Smith College, located in the heart of Little Rock, Arkansas, is a beacon of academic excellence and historical significance. Founded in 1877, this private institution has a storied history of providing quality education, primarily to African-American students, during a period of significant social and educational segregation in the United States. Its establishment was a bold step towards educational inclusivity and diversity, making it a pivotal institution in the landscape of higher education.

Today, Philander Smith College enrolls 769 students and offers a range of Bachelor's and Master's degrees. The college is particularly noted for its strong programs in Business Administration, Biology, and Criminal Justice. These popular majors reflect the college's commitment to offering relevant and rigorous academic programs that prepare students for successful careers and meaningful contributions to society.

The college's athletic teams, known as the Panthers, compete in the NAIA Division I within the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC), adding a dynamic aspect to student life and fostering a sense of community and school spirit. The college's colors, green and yellow, symbolize its vibrant and enduring legacy. The motto "Philander Forward" encapsulates the college's forward-thinking approach and its dedication to progress and innovation in higher education. With its city campus setting, Philander Smith College offers students a unique blend of urban experiences and academic rigor, making it a distinguished and impactful institution in the HBCU community.

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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice

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NAIA Division I - Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC)

Team Name: Panthers

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Track and Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

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