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New Student Orientation & Welcome Week 2014

What to Expect: During New Student Orientation (NSO14) expect a full week of move-in, registration, scheduling, business office clearance, assessments, and important sessions and meetings with various members of our faculty, staff and students that will give you firsthand knowledge of what we are expecting from you as a Philander Man and Philander Woman.

New Student Orientation week will take place beginning on Thursday, July 31, 2014. All students (including International Students) must check-in according to the beginning  alphabet of your last name.

  Thursday, July 31, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

A thru E

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

F thru L

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

M thru R

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

S thru Z


Click here to Register and  RSVP for NSO14  or call the Admissions Office at 501-370-5221.

Housing Accommodations: During NSO housing will be available at the following host hotels:

  • LaQuinta Inn & Suites Downtown Conference Center – Call 501-374-9000
  • Holiday Inn Presidential Downtown – Call 866-900-7625
  • The Wyndham Riverfront Hotel – Call 1-866-657-4458
    • Please ask for the special Philander Smith College rate

Meals: Students will need to bring at least $100.00 to cover the cost of meals that will not be provided during the week. All other guests attending must pay meal costs which can range from $6.00 to $10.00 per person

DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT will be administered to ALL incoming freshmen on August 4th and August 5th. Please contact the Academic Success Center at 501-370-5255 or for more information.

For official admittance into Philander Smith College, all students must have taken either the ACT or SAT test. These scores will enable the Academic Strategist/Advisor to properly place students in the appropriate courses and connect them to the resources needed to achieve academic success. Students whose ACT scores fall below a “19” will automatically be placed in the appropriate developmental courses.


There is a non-refundable $235.00 room reservation fee due by June 15, 2014 and may be paid by mailing a money order to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions or by calling the Business Office at 501-370-5202 and pay with credit or debit card. Call 501-975-6059 (Residential Life Center) for questions related to housing. We strongly encourage you to pay your deposit as soon as possible because room space is at a premium.


  • Recruitment & Admissions: 501-370-5221
  • Financial Aid: Financial Aid Office 501-370-5350
  • Student Accounts: 501-370-5202
  • To make payments over the phone: Business Office 501-370-5202
    • (Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday)
  • Housing Information: Residential Life 501-975-6059
  • Advising/Scheduling/Registration: Academic Success Center 501-975-5255
  • New Student Orientation: Student Services 501-975-6060



Dress for Convocations, Chapel and special events deemed as such by the President or Vice President for Student Affairs.

Attire for men:
Although it is customary for men to wear a suit or sports jacket with a tie/bow tie, it is expected
that men wear shirts (sport shirt or button down shirt) with sleeves and collars (mock necks and
turtle necks will be accepted) and appropriate long pants/slacks (Shorts or Jeans are not
appropriate). Shirts must be tucked in and belts worn. Jeans are not acceptable forms of dress for
special events. Attire must fit properly and not sagging or bagging is allowed. Men must wear
appropriate shoes (no sneakers, vans, timberlands or the like), unless there is inclement weather.

Attire for women:
It is customary to wear black dresses or skirt/pant suits. However, sleeveless dresses and tops
with appropriate pants/skirts will be acceptable. Ladies must cover exposed arms with a wrap,
jacket or sweater. Tops should not show cleavage, buttons should not pull open, and no back
outs, halter top, spaghetti strap or see through tops should be worn without a jacket or cover-up.
If pants are worn, please make sure pants are appropriate in length, do not sag or drag the
ground. Ladies must wear appropriate shoes (no club shoes, sneakers, vans, timberlands or the
like), unless there is inclement weather.