PSC: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Philander Smith College. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to PSC, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown PSC statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Philander Smith College on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to PSC, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at PSC

What are your chances at PSC?

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    What GPA do you need to get into Philander Smith College?

    Philander Smith College’s average GPA is 2.8. Philander Smith College does require GPA. Philander Smith College is currently selective. However, be aware that oftentimes schools in this GPA range are increasing their selectivity in hope of increasing “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of PSC application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 2.8 to 2.94 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 2.94 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Philander Smith College may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on PSC’s campus. These PSC admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Philander Smith College’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Philander Smith College’s acceptance rate was 0.0. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

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    As you can see, Philander Smith College is just as competitive as it was last year.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into PSC - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at PSC?

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    Does Philander Smith College Require Test Scores?

    Philander Smith College requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Philander Smith College’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Philander Smith College SAT Requirements

    Philander Smith College’s average SAT score is 970 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Philander Smith College is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 470 530 500
    Reading 420 520 470
    2019 Total 890 1050 970
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Philander Smith College’s average SAT score is 970. To be a competitive applicant for Philander Smith College your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 890, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Philander Smith College a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1050.

    Philander Smith College ACT Requirements

    Philander Smith College’s average ACT score is 36. To be a competitive applicant for Philander Smith College your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 31, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Philander Smith College a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 42.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 16 20 18
    Reading 15 22 18
    Writing - - -
    2019 Total 31 42 36
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    How hard is it to get into Philander Smith College?

    As you can see from the data above, Philander Smith College is exceptionally difficult to get into. Not only should you be aiming for a 2.8 but also SAT scores around 970. Getting into Philander Smith College is no easy feat and you will need to set yourself apart with more than just numbers and data. Read on to learn how.

    Philander Smith College Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Philander Smith College from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

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    How to get into PSC

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into PSC. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at PSC, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with PSC admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 970 on the SAT or 36 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 2.8.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with PSC’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Philander Smith College values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Little Rock has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Philander Smith College wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Little Rock area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. PSC needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Philander Smith College something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your PSC app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that PSC’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at PSC?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at PSC or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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