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900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
Main Phone: 501-375-9845
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Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College is a private, residential, co-educational, four-year undergraduate liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist church and a founding member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Philander is classified as a baccalaureate (liberal arts) college by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Updated in 2007, the College's mission is to graduate academically accomplished students who are grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to intentionally change the world for the better.

Philander Smith College:
1. Individualized programs for majors in English and Philosophy, allowing students to create with their advisors a degree program that leads to the job, graduate program, law school, seminary, non-profit work that is the student's goal for his or her degree

2. BA English, Philosophy, Music graduates of the last 10 years include a Fulbright Scholar; attending graduate school at University of London and finishing law school at Oxford University; Peace Corp; volunteer; VISTA Marketing Manager; Univ. of Penn in English Education; Bowen Law School on full scholarship; USA's leading seminaries; Bowling Green Graduate Program in Music; English teachers, Music teachers; developed own Prison Ministry Program; Nurses; MA and MAT Graduate Programs; U of Missouri Graduate Program in Journalism of Mixed Media on a full ride fellowship; MA at UALR on a full ride fellowship

3. Faculty who track you down to come to class, do your work, care about your progress and success

4. Paid Internships to local and national television, radio, magazines, newspapers, pr firms, NY TImes Editor Workshop; Clinton Foundation, Disney World; Woodrow Scholarship Fellow

Humanities faculty offer courses, club activities, the League of Social Justice, trips to Sweat Lodges; Buddhist Temples; ASOKA Conference; Maitreya Project; Meditation classes free to the students that uphold the Mission Statement and show it in action with student participation.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 732
Graduate Population: 0
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $11760
Out of State Tuition: $11760
Room & Board: $7600
Applications Due: August 15th ($25)
Conference: NSCAA
Mascot: Panthers
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 65%
Percent Women: 35%

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Majors Offered

Division Of Arts And Humanities
-BA in English
-BA in Philosophy and Religion

Division Of Business Administration
-BA in Business Administration
-Accounting concentration
-Entrepreneurship concentration
-Healthcare Administration concentration
-Management concentration
-Marketing concentration
-Organizational Management concentration (PSMI)

Division Of Education
-Elementary (grades K–6)
-BS in Elementary Education K-6
-BA in Physical Education

Division Of Natural & Physical Sciences
-BS in Biology (e.g., medicine; nursing; medical technology; dentistry; pharmacy)
-BS in Chemistry
-BS in Computer Science
-Health Information Technology Concentration
-Cybersecurity Concentration
-BS in Mathematics
-BS in General Science

Division Of Social Sciences
-BA in Political Science
-BS in Criminal Justice
-BSW in Social Work
-BA in Psychology
-BA in Sociology

Dual Degree Programs
-Engineering (3+2 with University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)
-Public Health (4+1 with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)

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College History
     Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is the result of the first attempt west of the Mississippi River to make education available to freedmen (former African American slaves). The forerunner of the college was Walden Seminary, named in honor of Dr. J.M. Walden, one of the originators and the first corresponding secretary of the Freedmen’s Aid Society.
In 1882, Dr. G.W. Gray, president of Little Rock University, the institution for the Arkansas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, met Mrs. Adeline Smith, widow of Mr. Philander Smith of Oak Park, Ill., while soliciting funds. The late Philander Smith had been a liberal donor to Asiatic Missions and had developed an interest in the work of the church in the South. In making her gift to Dr. Gray, Mrs. Smith designated $10,500 for Walden Seminary. The trustees accepted the gift and gave it special recognition by changing the name of the struggling Walden Seminary to Philander Smith College. A new site for the school had already been purchased at Eleventh and Izard Streets. The gift made by Mrs. Smith was a significant contribution toward the construction toward the construction of Budlong Hall, the first brick building on the new site.
     Philander Smith College was chartered as a four-year college on March 3, 1883. The first baccalaureate degree was conferred in 1888. The first president, the Rev. Thomas Mason, resigned in 1896. He was succeeded by a member of the faculty of the college, the Rev. James Monroe Cox, professor of ancient languages. Dr. Cox retired from the presidency of the college in 1924, and was succeeded by the Rev. George Collins Taylor, a graduate of the college. Dr. Taylor served as president from 1924 to 1936.
     In May 1936, Dr. Marquis LaFayette Harris succeeded Dr. Taylor as president. During the administration of Dr. Harris, the campus area was greatly enlarged. In July 1948 the site of the Little Rock Junior College, adjacent to the South end of Philander Smith’s campus, was purchased. On March 30, 1949, after an extensive program of academic improvement, Philander Smith College was fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Harris was succeeded by Dr. Roosevelt David Crockett, a graduate of the institution, on June 1, 1961.
     Dr. Earnest Dixon, Philander Smith’s sixth president, took office Jan. 1, 1965. He was succeeded by Dr. Walter R. Hazzard, who took office as the seventh president of the college on July 1, 1969. Dr. Hazzard was succeeded by Dr. Grant S. Shockley who took office as the eighth president on Jan. 1, 1980. Dr. Shockley was succeeded by Dr. Hazo W. Carter, who was elected unanimously July 19, 1983 by the Board of Trustees, and took office Aug. 20, 1983.
     Dr. Carter resigned the presidency in August 1987. He was succeeded by Dr. Myer L. Titus, a 1954 graduate of the institution. Upon Dr. Titus’s retirement on June 30, 1998, Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed was elected by the Board of Trustees in February 1998, becoming the eleventh and first female president of Philander Smith College.
     In the summer of 2004, Dr. Julius Scott was appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve as the interim president while the college completed a national search for the next president in the wake of Dr. Reed’s resignation. In October 2004, the Board announced the selection of Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough as the 12th president and he took office on Dec. 13, 2004.
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