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Presbyterian College

Clinton, South Carolina, United States
At PC we know that creating a strong community makes for a great college experience. Dum Vivimus Servimus—While We Live, We Serve—that’s our motto and we take it to heart.

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.


The Center for Student Research seeks to enrich the academic experience of  PC undergraduates and pharmacy students by providing research and scholarly experiences in biomedical sciences and pharmacy practice.  The center promotes inquiry, discovery, and creativity  through faculty-student mentoring relationships and the integration of instructions with research, scholarship, and creative activities.


Everyone has a unique path, and Career Development and Student Success has lots of resources to offer you to help you identify some next steps in your own path to find the perfect major or potential career fit. The Career Action Plan is a cycle that can help you recognize where you are at on your path to achieving your goals and what you can do to help move you forward.

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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

As a residential college, PC believes that living on campus provides essential opportunities for personal growth, development, and education. Residence Life is committed to maintaining an environment on campus that fosters a student’s intellectual pursuits as well as creates opportunities for social development and living-learning events.

At Presbyterian College, program participants will be provided with on-campus University housing that are equipped with laundry rooms.

PC features a mix of housing facilities that include hall-style, suite-style, and apartment-style residential buildings. 

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

Our campus consists of about 60 buildings, numerous athletic fields, and 240 of the most beautiful acres in the Upstate.

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.