Philander Smith College hosts "Panther Village" Grand Opening

Temporary residential community helps college address need for overflow student housing

Little Rock, Ark. (January 27, 2017) – Philander Smith College today hosted an open house and tour of its new temporary student housing community, Panther Village @ South Campus.


“Panther Village” was created for PSC scholars who were displaced from on campus residential housing at the start of the Fall 2016 Semester due to increased student enrollment. Panther Village, which is only two blocks away from the PSC main campus, was in answer to the College’s emergent needs for overflow housing, allowing for the relocation of as many as 60 students who had been placed at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites hotel in downtown Little Rock.

Located in the 1600 Block of Chester Street in the Dunbar School Neighborhood Historic District, Panther Village houses six temporary modular housing units in secured, gated area with 24-hour security personnel and on-site PSC professional staff. The modern-styled, prefabricated modular homes offer comfortable student living in a community whose aesthetic is reflective of the quality and dignity of the historic neighborhood in which it sits.

Enrollment for Philander Smith College spiked at the start of the Fall 2016 Semester with a 30 percent increase. Such rapid growth caused the institution to address needs for overflow housing that would provide residential security for scholars in a safe, controlled environment that is structured toward student learning and engagement.

“Our long-range plans already included increasing the capacity of our on-campus housing, but this Fall we had to quickly devise alternate, short-term plans to accommodate our accelerated growth,” said Philander Smith College President Roderick L. Smothers. “Panther Village helps us to continue to provide our scholars with a comfortable, safe and secure student-learning environment that is conducive to their success. Additionally, we are pleased that this new housing addition allows us to have even greater community presence within Little Rock’s Dunbar School Neighborhood Historic District.”