Little Rock, AR
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1 College Freshman

Diversity: There is almost no diversity on campus. Life style is one way. It's all about only a particular group of people

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Philander Smith College is an HBCU so the majority of the students are African Americans. However, there are also a few white people that are treated just like everyone else, we also have Asians, a whole lot of African and Caribbeans. In terms of sexual orientation, there are a lot of gay people especially lesbians here on campus, they are allowed the same right as everyone else. Economic background wise, majority are of the middle and lower class level, it offers a lot of financial aid (about 96% have some sort of financial aid) so the school is relatively cheap and more accessible for middle and lower class men. In terms of Political beliefs, we are an HBCU so expect that everyone here is for Obama, I haven't met anyone who said they liked Romney. Generally, we are very accepting.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of the college students are black but the professors are all sorts of different races. There are students from Ghana and the Bahamas that I have met this year already. Clearly this school recruits heavy in urban areas all over the country because I have met students from Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, St.Louis, MO, Los Angeles, California and so on.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's Not up to Par – I do believe that Philander has handful of close-minded students. My first year I was known as the "white girl" or the "weird chick" because of my taste in music and the way I was dressed. I feel like, there needs to be more diversity so that the classroom discussions challenge people. And so people can have a more cultural experience. I have many hispanic friends, and here on campus I hear a lot about "dem mexicans" that is no where near the truth. So I think we could be a bit more diverse.

5 College Senior

Diversity: GOOD Diverse – Philander is very diverse. The staff is diverse and there are a lot of different people from all over the world. It's like no other HBCU I know of.


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Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 8%
18-19: 41%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 12%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 69%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 24%
Unknown: 0%

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 36% Not sure
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 14% Moderate
  • 36% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 25% Not sure
  • 25% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 12 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 11 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 13% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 80% Very accepting.


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