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Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College is a private historically black college, four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution, located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Philander Smith College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and a founding member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Philander Smith College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Mission of Philander Smith College is, "To graduate academically accomplished students who are grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to intentionally change the world for the better."

Location

Address
900 W. Daisy Bates Drive
City
Little Rock
State
AR

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
555
In State Tuition Fees
11804
Out State Tuition Fees
11804
ACT Score
19
SAT Score
962
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.08
Male Female Ratio
36:64
Acceptance Rate
51%
Student Faculty Ratio
10:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist Church
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
The mission of Philander Smith College is to graduate academically accomplished students who are grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to intentionally change the world for the better.
Mascot
Panther
Colors
Green Gold
Conference
Gulf Coast

College History

History

Philander Smith College was officially founded in 1877 under the name of Walden Seminary as a means of providing education opportunities for freed slaves west of the Mississippi River. The school was renamed Philander Smith College in 1882 to recognize the financial contributions of Adeline Smith, the widow of Philander Smith. The college was chartered as a four-year college in 1883 and conferred its first bachelor�s degree in 1888. In 1933, it merged the assets of the George R. Smith College in Sedalia, Missouri, which burned down in 1925. In 1943, Philander Smith was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Philander Smith College was a pioneer during the civil rights movement as many of its students engaged in nonviolent resistance against segregation laws (such as sitting in at "whites-only" lunch counters). Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough became the 12th and current president of Philander Smith College in 2004 at the age of 37. At that time, he was dubbed the first college president from the hip-hop generation, and was the youngest HBCU president and one of the youngest college presidents in the nation.

College Specialty

Specialty

To graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to intentionally change the world for the better.

Alumni

Alumni

"Geese" Ausbie former Harlem Globetrotters player and coach James Hal Cone 1958 major figure in systematic theology and liberation theology Joycelyn Elders 1952 former Surgeon General of the United States Calvin King 1975 farm developmer, and the President of the Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corp Lottie Shackelford former mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas Elijah Pitts 1961 former Green Bay Packers player Al Bell founder of Stax Records and former president of Motown Records Robert L. Williams 1953 prominent figure in the history of African-American psychology Scipio Africanus Jones coursework before transfer to Shorter College lawyer and businessman

Campus

Campus

Urban

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