PSC enrollment grows to nearly 900 students

Increase represents third straight year of record highs

Little Rock, Ark. (September 18, 2017) ---   Philander Smith College has enrolled 875 students for the 2017 Fall Semester, a near-15% increase from last year’s numbers. Enrollment statistics, including first-time freshmen combined with returning students, indicate a well-rounded student body with a wide range of academic interests.


Last fall, the College experienced an accelerated enrollment jump that yielded a nearly 30-percent increase which created a shortage in on-campus residential facilities. With 366 first-time freshmen reported for Fall 2017, Philander Smith continues to make use of “Panther Village,” the residential community established to accommodate last year’s housing overflow, as well as triple occupancy in dorm rooms. Additionally, a small number of students are being housed in a nearby downtown hotel – the LaQuinta Inn and Suites.  

“As we culminate the celebration of the 140thAnniversary of Philander Smith College at the end of this year, we consider it a tremendous blessing to be in a posture of continual growth and increase,” said Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, PSC President. 

Over the past three years, the Philander Smith enrollment picture has steadily expanded.  From 567 reported in Fall 2014 to 584 students in Fall 2015, enrollment at the institution climbed to 765 students in 2016 to the current high of 875 for Fall 2017.

Progress in student population is a key component of the College’s future plans.  “The institution’s long-range plans include moving Philander forward to a student enrollment of 1,000 by the year 2020 and 1,200 by 2026. With three strong years of robust increase, Philander Smith College is well on the way toward achieving these goals,” said President Smothers.