Girls sitting on the steps outside Neville Hall | Traditions & Mission at Presbyterian College

At Presbyterian College, our philosophy is: offer a rigorous education with a built-in support network.

Professors, students, administrators—we all work together to help each other succeed. We want our students to be adventurous and successful; competitive and compassionate. We work as a community, inspiring our students to learn, and to value service along the way.

Our students are inspired for life.

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.

These goals guide the College in its attempt to fulfill its mission:

  • To help students gain a basic knowledge of humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences; a special competence in one or more particular areas of study; and an ability to see these studies as part of the larger search for truth
  • To develop in students the ability to think clearly and independently, to make critical judgments, and to communicate effectively in both speech and writing
  • To foster in students an aesthetic appreciation of the arts and literature
  • 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 help students attain a sense of dignity, self-worth, and appreciation of other persons of diverse backgrounds
  • To encourage in students an appreciation for teamwork and for physical fitness and athletic skills that will contribute to lifelong health
  • To foster in students an appreciation of, and concern for, the environment and natural resources


Our Honor Code is a Tradition. What does it mean to you?

Trust, honesty, integrity, respect, and responsibility to the Community.

For example:

While you take your physics test, your professor leaves the room.
You’ve forgotten your backpack and laptop in the dining hall, and return hours later to find them there. Untouched.
This Honor System, directed by classmates—by you, for the good of everyone—encompasses the entire community. PC prides itself in this strong sense of connection among students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and friends of the College. Community members balance their freedoms with responsibility and respect for PC’s rules and foster an environment that is conducive to our mission. The results can be stunning. Helpful and trustworthy peers, professors, and associates make amazing things happen.
It starts with new students, faculty, and staff signing the Honor Code at opening convocation.
Of course, no one likes to see a classmate break the code: the responsibility to act comes with that knowledge. The honor code frees everyone up to trust each other, to feel safe and ready to learn.
The world outside of college can be a very different place, but alums can change that when they take the honor code with them. PC graduates make communities better.
Honor. Not a complicated word, just an essential part of who you are, who we are, and how we live at PC.
The PC Honor Code: “On my honor, I will abstain from all deceit. I will neither give nor receive unacknowledged aid in my academic work, nor will I permit such action by any member of this community. I will respect the persons and property of the community, and will not condone discourteous or dishonest treatment of these by my peers. In my every act, I will seek to maintain a high standard of honesty and truthfulness for myself and for the College.”

What’s a Blue Hose?

It began in the early 1900s when sportswriters referred to the Presbyterian College sports teams as the “Blue Stockings” because of the blue socks (or hose) they wore.

Former PC Public Relations specialist Ben Hay Hammet noted in his 1982 centennial history of PC that blue-stocking Presbyterians also refers to “Presbyterians with strong puritan leanings.”

“The sports nickname was shortened to ‘Blue Hose’ in 1954,” Hammet wrote, “presumably under the assumption that it sounded somewhat fiercer to carry onto the field of athletic battle.”

These days it also stands for fierce Scottish warriors, giving a nod to the College’s Scottish heritage.