Presbyterian College

Presbyterian College

AVG: 57.2 AVG: 71.6
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AVERAGE: 65.2
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AVERAGE: 57.2
75.5
Student Consensus
AVERAGE: 71.6
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69%
Percent Admitted
57%
4-year Graduation Rate
1,330
Enrollment
11.0:1
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
$31,856
Average Undergraduate Students Aid
$38,660
In-State Tuition and Fees
$38,660
Out-of-State Tuition and Fees
= Average
Sector
Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Clinton, SC lies between Greenville and the state Capitol, Columbia. It is home to Presbyterian College, a private, 4-year college founded in 1880. The remote location is historic, as Clinton pre-dates the American Revolution. The 240 acre campus lies to the west of Sumpter National Forest, a 370,000 acre forest preserve named for a Revolutionary war hero Thomas Sumpter. Presbyterian College’s campus is sprawling, including much open space; and five buildings on Presbyterian College’s campus (Laurens Hall, Jacobs Hall, the President’s House, Neville Hall, and the campus bell tower) are part of the Thornwell-Presbyterian College Historic District, a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among many notable alumni in scholarly and athletic fields is the president of HGTV, Jim Samples.

Academic Programs

Presbyterian College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Bachelor’s Degrees and Doctorates in over 40 fields. PC is noted for its Pharmacy, Teacher Education and Music programs; the largest programs on campus are in Business and Biology/Biomedical fields. The college also offers a dual-degree program in Engineering with five other schools. PC also has “Confucius Institute,” whose objectives are to strengthen the Chinese programs at Presbyterian College and its partner institutions; enhance business exchanges between China and the business community of South Carolina; support the teaching of the Chinese language and culture in K-12 schools; and further the cultural diversity of South Carolina through cultural events. Per the Mission statement, “The compelling purpose of Presbyterian College, as a church-related college, is to develop within the framework of Christian faith the mental, physical, moral, and spiritual capacities of each student in preparation for a lifetime of personal and vocational fulfillment and responsible contribution to our democratic society and the world community.” The school also puts forth a strong Code of Honor, including Trust, Honesty, Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility to the Community.

Student Life

There are over 1100 undergraduate students enrolled in Presbyterian College; most live on campus in one of the over 30 residence halls, townhouses and apartments on campus. There are many clubs and student organizations available, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the garnet and blue Blue Hose field teams in 10 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-AA competition. A former rivalry with Newberry College resulted in the Bronze Derby – an annual football game where a bronzed derby hat is the trophy. Presbyterian College seeks to meet its academic mission by keeping these stated goals in view: To help students gain a knowledge of humanities, natural and social sciences; To develop the ability to think clearly and independently, to make critical judgments, and to communicate effectively in both speech and writing; To acquaint students with the teachings and values of the Christian faith; To help students develop moral and ethical commitments, including service to others; To encourage in students an appreciation for teamwork and for physical fitness and athletic skills that will contribute to lifelong health; and To foster in students an appreciation of, and concern for, the environment and natural resources.