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Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina, United States
Do you want to go to a college where you can truly make a difference? At PC, you can do that as soon as you step on campus. You’ll learn from a distinguished faculty whose No. 1 priority is your success. Small class sizes allow you to develop close relationships with your peers and faculty members. 

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (1)



Presbyterian College (otherwise known as PC) was founded in 1880 by Dr. William Plumer Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs arrived in Clinton, South Carolina in 1864, following the devastation of the Civil War, and he dreamed of building an orphanage in the area. In October of 1875, Thornwell Orphanage opened its doors to 10 orphaned children.


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.


Our students are encouraged to get involved with student research and exploration. They often join faculty members as research assistants on their on-going research projects providing a one-to-one learning relationship.  Other students conduct their own independent studies.  All of these efforts move education beyond textbooks and lectures to encourage active learning, enriching the academic experience.


Career readiness is our focus. Our team assists students in exploring majors and careers and connects them to internships and employers to gain experience. We partner with local, regional and national employers and alumni to find meaningful internships and career opportunities. It’s never too early – or too late – to visit us and plan your future!

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Student services

The Student Government Association (SGA) serves and promotes the individual student; unifying all that is Presbyterian College. The SGA will reach out, actively listen to, and advocate for all students in an effort to connect the Presbyterian College family and enact lasting positive change.

The Presbyterian College’s Student Government Association website will keep students and SGA members updated on all SGA developments and will provide an understanding of SGA and introduce its members for those not familiar with PC’s student government.

The House meets once a month. Meetings are open to the entire student body. SGA also strongly encourages you to contact any SGA members with any concerns you may have.

Housing services

While Presbyterian College does not have a specific program for students with disabilities, the college makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities and to assist those students in obtaining their education. Students requesting reasonable accommodations from Presbyterian College (PC) based on a disability are required to submit appropriate documentation to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 and amended in 2008 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Fair Housing Act of 1988 (for residential accommodations) and the policies of the PC Academic Success Office. 

Library services

In the library you will find books, periodicals, bibliographies, and other print resources that will contribute to your research in the library. THOMCAT, PC's library catalog on the Web, to search for books by title, author, subject, or key words. The Library has 12 small (1-2 person) study rooms, and 12 large study rooms in addition to the 24-Hour Study.

ICT services

The professional Information Technology staff and student workers keep you connected to the electronic resources you need to facilitate your work and to complete your studies and research.

Presbyterian College has a 1,000Mbps fiber internet connection. There is also wireless WiFi coverage on and around campus.

Medical services

Student Health Services are provided in partnership with the Family Healthcare – Clinton. In order to provide adequate health services, we require all students to fill out the Medical Forms. Wellness services provided by the nurse practitioner will need to be satisfied by insurance or some other method of payment.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Presbyterian College is a residential college. Our residence halls and residential communities are where you feel the most at home and develop relationships with peers in a community. Each of our residence halls has a para-professional Residence Advisor (RA) who works with the Residence Life staff to provide a safe environment. Our goal is to offer opportunities for self-development and growth to our students.
  • PC features a mix of housing facilities that include hall-style, suite-style, and apartment-style residential buildings. 

Sports facilities

  • Templeton Physical Education Center The center bears the name of the late Ross E. Templeton ’24, distinguished alumnus and business leader of Charlotte and Clinton, who was a life-long devotee of PC sports.  Completed in 1975, the facility serves as both a sports and academic center.  
  • The PC Softball Complex is located on the 31-acre Young Intramural Park. 
  • The Presbyterian College baseball team plays its home games at one of the most attractive facilities in South Carolina, the PC Baseball Complex. The Complex is located at the eastern end of the college campus and was built in the late 1980s.

Student clubs

The Catholic Student Association has weekly meetings where they discuss scripture readings and learn about the teachings of the Church, growing in understanding of the basics of the faith.Mass and Confession are offered on campus Sunday evenings at 5 pm in Wyatt Chapel with a visiting priest.  Other fellowship activities are sometimes held as well. The group is in the process of getting involved in community service work, possibly through the local Catholic parish in Joanna and Laurens. The group also participates in the statewide Catholic college student retreats, which take place each semester. 


Presbyterian College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate and doctoral degrees. 

Clinton, South Carolina, United States


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