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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College was founded on November 7, 1877, in Little Rock, AR, as the Walden Seminary in the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. Walden Seminary was named after the Bureau Head of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandon Lands known as the Freemen's Bureau. In 1882, the school moved to a new site at 10th and Center St. This change was made possible from an article that was written in the Christian Advocate in 1882 about helping schools in the south and one of the schools mention was the Walden Seminary. Dr. Gray of the United Methodist church was soliciting funds and met with Adeline Smith, a widower. In her gift to the United Methodist Church, she appropriated 10,500 dollars for the struggling Walden Seminary. In honoring her husband, Walden Seminary changed its name to Philander Smith College. Philander Smith College was charted as a four institution by the state of Arkansas on March 3, 1883. By 1887, the college had 200 students. In 1888, Philander Smith College gave its first baccalaureate degree to Rufus C. Childress. Who became the Assistant Supervisor of Arkansas Black Schools. Between 1880 and 1890 liberals arts was added to the curriculum. Greek, Latin, Algebra and Natural Philosophy. In 1897, Rev. James Monroe Cox became president of the college. Up to this time, Philander Smith College Faculty was mostly white. The Black professors felt the better positions and better paying jobs were going to the white faculty. In 1904, Philander Smith for the first time had an all black faculty. Rev. Cox emphasized the Liberal Arts side of the college. He dropped the grammar school and upgraded the college to only college level courses.
By 1932 the college awarded 22 degrees. The 1940s, Philander Smith College added Business and Science classes and offered night courses to veterans. In 1944, Philander Smith College became a founding member of the United Negro College Fund. Philander Smith today is still growing and adding new buildings to its beautiful campus. The college is large enough to be noticed and yet quaint to give you personal attention for your education. This institution will let you grow and teach you leadership. That will prepare you for the future. Let Philander Smith know what you want and it help you build your road map to success.

Philander Smith College Mission Statement:
"To graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice'
determine to change the world for the better."


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Link Below is for the Philander Smith College Website:
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Philander Smith address:
Philander Smith College
900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202
501-375-9845 (Main Campus Number)


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