Philander Smith College
Situated in Little Rock, Arkansas, Philander Smith College is a private four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution of higher learning, a founding member of the United Negro College Fund, and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college was established in 1877 as Walden Seminary, and is a historically black college. Currently, the
college has about 600 students in enrollment. Philander Smith College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
In addition to institutional accreditation, Philander Smith College is also accredited and recognized by other program-specific organizations, including the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Association for Collegiate and Business Schools and Programs, and Council on Social Work Education.
Philander Smith College offers a wide variety of programs and areas of study, including Business Administration, Organizational Management, Physical Education, Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, Vocational Education/Business Technology, Philosophy and Religion, English, Psychology, Political Science, General Science,
Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, and many more.
The Academic Success Center exists to empower and continually assist and challenge students towards achieving their educational goals. Services at the Academic Success Center include Academic Mentoring, Computer Lab, Academic Advising, Exit Interviews, Organized Study Sessions, Registration Assistance, Success Workshop, and other services.
Students of Philander Smith College can also receive Free Tutoring services from the Academic Success Center. Tutorials are offered in all developmental education courses, as well as most general education subjects. Tutorial requests can be submitted online.
The D.W. Reynolds Library and Technology Center is the hub for students who need the best academic resources and research tools on campus. Aside from the references and materials at the Library, any items that students can not find can be obtained through the Interlibrary Loan program. Services for students offered by the Library include online chat with a librarian, research consultation (by appointment), help with plagiarism and correct citations, printing access, photocopying, Internet access, reciprocal borrowing, and many more.
The newly opened Residential Life Center is the hub of campus housing at Philander Smith College. The facility houses 131 double occupancy rooms, and two one-bedroom guest suites. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities and conveniences, including high speed Internet, cable television access, and private baths. The Residential Life Center also has a computer lab, recreation room, community meeting room, laundry rooms on every floor, and a fitness center.
The historic Barracks Hall is the residence for up to 19 honors students. This residential building has electronic access control, nine double-occupancy rooms, one single room, one laundry area for every floor, kitchenette, computer area, and an entertainment lounge with 42-inch flat screen television.
Even though the college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, all faiths and traditions are welcomed. The weekly Chapel service brings together the campus community in corporate worship, and is one of the highlights of life at Philander Smith College. Other activities such as mission projects and trips, Religious Emphasis Week, retreats, Bible studies, and worship services are available to students of different denominations.
Greek organizations at Philander Smith College include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, and others.