Presidency College, Chennai was established on October 15, 1840. College was established as the Madras Preparatory School on October 15, 1840 and later, upgraded to a high school and then, graduate college, the Presidency College is one of the oldest government arts colleges in India. It is one of the two Presidency colleges established by the British in India, the other being the Presidency College, Kolkata.
- Vision of the college is “To provide value based education to inculcate sense of responsibility, social awareness and to become a good citizen of the country”
- Mission of the college is “To provide technical skills and knowledge to meet the challenges and competencies among the students”
- This government educational institution in Higher Education can be called as “The Light House of entire South India on Higher Education and Research
- The schools grew into Presidency College. When the University of Madras was founded in 1857, Presidency College was affiliated to it
- In 1870, the college moved to its present location in Kamaraj Salai, opposite Marina Beach
- National Cadet Corps (NCC)
- National Service Scheme (NSS)
- Youth Red Cross (YRC)
Volumes added per year
- The college was ranked among the Arts and science colleges in Tamil Nadu in the year 2007 and the award was presented by the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 18th September 2008.
- Successive holder of Top 10 ranks in the India Today ranking for the past five years
- In March 2005, National Assessment and accreditation Council reaccredited the college and awarded the grade “A”
- Government scholarship
- Scholarship under the Excess Fees Income Scheme
- National Merit Scholarship -Government of India Scheme
- State scholarship to children of school Teachers
- State government Merit Scholarship scheme
- Freedom Fighter Scholarships
- Children of Defense service Personnel
- National Loan Scholarship
- Scholarship for post metric Studies in Hindi.