Philander Smith College: Narrative Description

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812 West 13th St.
Little Rock, AR 72202-3799
Tel: (501)375-9845
Free: 800-446-6772
Admissions: (501)370-5310
Fax: (501)370-5225
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Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1877. Setting: 25-acre urban campus. Endowment: $9.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $86,500. Educational spending 2003-04: $2280 per student. Total enrollment: 949. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 224 applied, 100% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 15% from top quarter, 31% from top half. Full-time: 781 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 168 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 14 states and territories, 19 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 0.4% Hispanic, 97% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 32% 25 or older, 26% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, independent study, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT or ACT required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $10. Comprehensive fee: $12,856 includes full-time tuition ($6936), mandatory fees ($830), and college room and board ($5090). College room only: $3330. Part-time tuition: $289 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $21 per credit hour, $200 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 10 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Pre-Alumni Council, Student Christian Fellowship. Major annual events: Senior Day, Homecoming, Founders' Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 419 college housing spaces available; 249 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. M. L. Harris Library with 60,000 books, 3,816 microform titles, 280 serials, 196 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $96,000. 95 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Arkansas - Little Rock.

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