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IPEDS ID: 107600
OPE ID: 00110300
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Philander Smith College
900 W. Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-3799
General information:  (501) 375-9845
Website:  www.philander.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  666 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  10 to 1
Admissionswww.philander.edu/future-students/admissions.aspx
Financial Aidwww.philander.edu/financial-aid/
Net Price Calculatorwww.philander.edu/financial-aid/npc.aspx
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.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Diverse Fields
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Other Characteristics
Historically Black College or University
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2012Full timePart time
Total faculty5137
Instructional5137
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$9,450$11,910$12,314$12,5642.0%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,200$7,600$8,304$8,104-2.4%
Other$3,116$3,166$3,260$3,3181.8%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,098$9,496$9,800$10,3305.4%
Other$4,176$4,244$4,370$4,4461.7%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,176$4,244$4,370$4,4461.7%
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$20,766$23,676$24,878$24,9860.4%
Off Campus$23,724$26,650$27,484$28,3403.1%
Off Campus with Family$14,626$17,154$17,684$18,0101.8%
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1162100%————
Grant or scholarship aid162100%$1,627,122$10,044
Federal grants12175%$602,536$4,980
Pell grants12175%$588,457$4,863
Other federal grants2314%$14,079$612
State/local government grant or scholarships3220%$103,207$3,225
Institutional grants or scholarships12980%$921,379$7,142
Student loan aid12879%$889,915$6,952
Federal student loans12879%$889,915$6,952
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid163295%$6,127,881$9,696
Pell grants48573%$2,254,674$4,649
Federal student loans58588%$5,754,640$9,837
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2010-20112011-20122012-2013
Average net price$12,527$13,948$14,962
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$11,502$14,040$19,109
$30,001 – $48,000$11,745$12,848$18,096
$48,001 – $75,000$10,576$14,628$18,762
$75,001 – $110,000$17,653$14,163$20,966
$110,001 and more$12,838$10,760$19,193
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2012
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)666
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment42
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Student Gender:
Male: 36%
Female: 64%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 91%
Hispanic/Latino: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 0%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 6%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 80%
25 and over: 20%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 30%
Out-of-state: 61%
Foreign countries: 8%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2011.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $25
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 63%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Returned in Fall 2012
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 77 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2012.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 45%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 7%
6-year: 31%
8-year: 34%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 40%
Female: 49%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Black or African American: 44%
Hispanic/Latino: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 100%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General14
Category total14
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General45
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other0
Category total45
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science6
Category total6
Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching1
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching1
Category total2
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General6
Category total6
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General6
Category total6
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences0
Category total0
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General6
Category total6
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General2
Category total2
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General4
Category total4
Psychology
Psychology, General14
Category total14
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work7
Category total7
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General0
Sociology11
Category total11
Visual and Performing Arts
Music, General3
Category total3
Grand total126
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NAIA Division I MenWomen
Basketball1413
Track and Field, Outdoor8
Volleyball12
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (!)1/1/1949 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools10/25/1992 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible131
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary520
Motor vehicle theft100
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible031
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary220
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate20.3%21.1%
Number in default4446
Number in repayment216218
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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