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More than a catchy buzz phrase or trending hashtag, Philander FORWARD is a commitment to moving Philander Smith College ahead so that it continues to thrive and prosper within the changing landscape of higher education. Philander FORWARD is a mindset that guides the College's work, actions and interactions. Most importantly, Philander FORWARD is a promise to our students, alumni, and community that we are dreaming big and striving to make our big dreams reality during this pivotal juncture in Philander Smith College history. 

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Our History Is Our Legacy

With a legacy that spans 140 years, Philander Smith College, founded in 1877, has a tremendous history and reputation for matriculating leaders who contribute to the fabric of American society. Throughout its existence, Philander Smith has produced titans in the fields of education, ministry, public service, sports, and business whose imprints are uniquely indelible to our city, state and country. Current and future students, faculty, staff and leadership will continue to write history's pages as Philander Smith College presses forward with its evolution.


            Russell R. Williams III, Class of 2019                  Major: Political Science
Hometown: Opelousas, LA

"As I walk the campus day after day and greet faces that I have come to know so well, I am forever grateful for the support and guidance afforded to me by professors and students alike. I will always bear in mind the ways my institution has improved me. Philander is truly a special place to be."