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Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College is a small, privately supported, historically black, four-year liberal arts institution related to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The college offers four degrees—bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of business administration and bachelor of social work. The college’s mission is to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better.

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Philander Smith College, the only UNCF-member institution in Arkansas, strives to provide a quality education for all regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or ethnic background.

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Philander Smith Staff

We have many strengths, but our greatest strength lies in our students and their success. They are the clay that the Philander experience is making, shaping, and molding into a product to do exactly what our mission statement says: intentionally change the world for the better.


Dr. Roderick Smothers, Sr. President