Accreditation & Affiliation

HLC Accreditation

Philander Smith College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

United Methodist Church Affiliation

Approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church

Philander Smith College is proud of its historical relationship with The United Methodist Church. Philander Smith College’s mission statement echoes its first mission by The Methodist Church to provide an education during “conflict and social change,” by educating current students to become “advocates for social justice.” The mission statement also is consistent with the current mission of The United Methodist Church by charging Philander Smith College students to “change the world for the better.” Philander Smith College is committed to its mission to develop students into first-class, service-oriented participating citizens in a church-related environment with a commitment to social justice.

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