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Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina

The Promise & The Challenge

Presbyterian College is realizing its vision of becoming the leading liberal arts college in South Carolina and one of the ten best national liberal arts colleges in the Southeast. PC has crafted an academic program that bridges the gap between the world of academia and the real world; it combines the educational experience of a liberal arts college with practical preparation for the post-graduate world.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,146 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
45% male — 55% female
40% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
79 full-time faculty
33 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential: 97% of students live on campus.

School Location

Clinton, South Carolina—a college town of 10,000 located between Greenville, South Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina.

Retention Fall 2014

83% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

65% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 12%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division I (FCS)—in year three of transition. 16 varsity sports (8 men‘s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, lacrosse; 8 women‘s: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, lacrosse) and 2 club sports.  


Presbyterian College is a private, residential, college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and was founded in 1880.

Academic Programs

Art; Biology; Business/Accounting; Business/Management; Chemistry; Computer Science; Early Childhood Education; Economics; Elementary Education; English; Fine Arts (concentrations in art, drama/speech, & music); French; German; History; International Studies; Mathematics; Medical Physics; Middle School Education; Modern Foreign Languages; Music; Music Education; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; Religion—Christian Education; Sacred Music; Social Science; Sociology; Spanish; Theater Arts.

More Distinctions

  • The Princeton Review has named PC one of “America’s Best Value Colleges” for 2008.”

  • Washington Monthly ranks PC as one of the nation’s top 25 colleges for contributions to communities and the country by their alumni.”

  • The John Templeton Foundation named Presbyterian College a “Character Building College.”

  • PC is the only liberal arts college in the country to have been selected to host a Confucius Institute

  • Education department is certified by NCATE

  • PC has six South Carolina CASE professors of the year; twice more than any other college or university in the state.

  • PC boasts a strong placement rate of its graduates—99% six months after graduation are either in graduate/professional schools or employed.

PC is a great place for students with wide-ranging interests and an active sense of curiosity. Students develop a close relationship with their professors as they explore critical issues, pursue internships, conduct research, and travel abroad…

Experiential Learning

PC’s commitment to service in the community begins with students’ arrival on campus. As part of the orientation process, new students take part in a community-service project. PC also requires all students to participate in an intercultural experience, an internship, or a study-abroad experience as part of general education requirements.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is available during the semester or during PC’s “May-mester.” Professors develop the May term programs of study, and past “May-mester” learning programs have traveled to Vietnam, Europe, South America, and Ireland. There are currently fifteen different learning trips, and the program keeps expanding to offer more in the future. A partnership with Ghuizhou University in China offers students opportunities to study Chinese language and history on campus and then travel to China with faculty for immersion in Chinese culture. The Cuba study program is one of only fifteen in the country. Traveling to and studying about Cuba has allowed PC to provide students with a very unique experience while attending a small liberal arts institution. PC is also the only liberal arts college in the country to have been selected to host a Confucius Institute.


The most emphasized type of experiential learning at PC is performing service. Whether in a children’s home, at the Special Olympics, or at a local school, mentoring students, 80 percent of PC students participate in service projects. Recently, students have rolled up their sleeves to work with a Habitat for Humanity house on McMillian Street in Clinton. About 43 percent of the student body has gone Greek, and as one would imagine, these organizations have strong connections to numerous service organizations.

PC’s academic program is unlike any other. It combines a strong foundation in the liberal arts, a commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry, and real world relevance, giving students the best in education and career preparation…

Think Outside of the Box

Some popular majors at PC include business administration, pre-med, history, and music. Many history majors are pre-law, and are able to intern in the local area with circuit court judges.

Student/Faculty Interaction

Professors have noted that they chose to teach at PC because of the high amount of contact with their students. In the first year, students participate in a seminar with twelve other freshman students led by a faculty member who will become their advisor. Of the professors at PC, 95 percent hold terminal degrees in their field, and PC has had six professors receive the CASE Professor of the Year award—more than any other school in South Carolina.

The faculty-student relationships at PC are expressly unique. There are many evenings that students are invited to dine at faculty homes in a very informal manner. Students feel comfortable stopping by a professor’s office because they know that professor cares about them as an individual. Lifelong friendships with faculty are developed while students are at PC.

Research Opportunities

Students have many opportunities to perform research on their own or with a professor, a process that begins with open dialogue with professors who act as mentors. There is also a Summer Fellows Research program which provides stipends for students to work very closely with faculty in a concentrated manner on various research projects. Many students present their research at national professional conferences. All departments have opportunities for honors research.

Honor Code

Incoming students take a pledge that begins, “On my honor, I will abstain from all deceit,” and professors testify that this oath of honor weighs heavily on students’ choices. The honor code affects the campus atmosphere by giving students the freedom to trust one another. Because of this honor code, professors will often allow students to take tests back to their rooms to complete, and a PC student doesn’t think twice about the safety of his or her laptop if it is left in the library during mealtime.

An award-winning residential life staff, Division I athletics, and a multitude of community service programs are just a few of the things that make PC students feel right at home…

Living Learning Community

Exposing students to other cultures comes to life in a living learning environment residence hall named Carol International House. Students are chosen to live in CIH and are offered numerous programming opportunities to understand world cultures at a deep level.

Residence Life

There are five traditional residence halls on campus: two freshman halls, one men’s hall, and four apartment-style halls for upperclassmen. Students can also choose to live in the Carol International House, a living-and-learning residence hall with a goal of promoting cultural awareness.

Presbyterian and the Community

PC strives to truly be a part of the community. To foster this relationship, PC has moved its bookstore downtown and allows all events on campus to be open to the surrounding community. This includes the renowned Russell Program, a lecture series on different aspects of the media.

A degree from PC provides students with a great foundation for success after college. The electronic portfolio serves as an invaluable resource because it paints a more complete picture of a student’s skills and academic accomplishments than a transcript or resume…

Hands-on Experience

Students have had local internships in banks, hotels, hospitals, and law offices. The college also collaborates with Millekin, a large textile company, to provide students with an integrated internship and leadership training experience. Some students have ventured to Washington, DC, to intern for the National Geographic Society and to Atlanta to intern for CNN and Delta Air Lines.

Alumni who Succeed

PC graduates have proven that the program at PC has opened many doors and avenues to endless possibilities. Presbyterian College alumni were valedictorians in recent years at the Medical University of South Carolina. A recent graduate received a full fellowship to study in the doctoral program of economics at Duke University. Penn State will welcome a recent PC graduate into its acoustical engineering program, as the Annenberg School of Journalism at University of Southern Cal welcomes another recent graduate into its magazine journalism school.

Alumni who Serve

PC students are equipped to be productive citizens in this global society, and graduates are very successful in many careers. But above all that, service is a big part of the PC experience. Washington Monthly has recognized PC for the past several years as one of the top 25 colleges in the country for the service to community provided by its alumni.



1,506 Total Applicants
809 Total Admissions
275 Total Freshmen Enrollment

53.72% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 600
SAT Math 490 610
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 21 26
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Each applicant to PC is considered on an individual basis, looking at all of the information that you provide in your application file. Your high school GPA is recalculated on a 4.0 scale to reflect academic courses only, with weights added for honors, AP, or IB courses. We accept either the ACT or SAT and will use the highest combination of SAT-Verbal and SAT-Math scores (even from different administrations).

In order to complete the application process, please submit the following items:

  • The application form with $40 application fee or apply online with a $25 application fee. We are also members of The Common Application.
  • An essay (topics are given on the application form) and short answers
  • Your official high school transcript
  • An official copy of your SAT or ACT scores (may be included in official  transcript)
  • A Counselor Recommendation form (available in the application packet)


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $32,076
Fees $2,752
Total $34,828
Room and Board (on campus) $9,344
Room Only $4,542
Board Only $4,802
Estimated Total On Campus $44,172


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
59% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$28,936 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$6,654 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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