Clafin University Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 400 Magnolia Street
City Orangeburg
State South Carolina
Zip 29115
Phone 800-922-1276
Total Enrollment 1800
Motto Academic exellence by design
Level of Selectivity Very competitive
Location Claflin University's 43 acre campus is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, within walking distance of the recently renovated historic downtown. With a population of 92,000, Orangeburg has the friendliness of a small town but all the amenities of a big town including shopping malls, movie theatres, parks and modern libraries. Orangeburg also hosts the South Carolina Festival of Roses and the county fair each year. Claflin University is 40 miles from Columbia, the state capital, where students have access to museums, a zoological garden, churches, the state house, the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, shopping, dining, and recreational activities such as canoeing, hiking, and fishing.
History Claflin University is a four-year, private, coeducational liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1869, it is the oldest historically black college or university in South Carolina. The origin of Claflin University may be traced to Baker Biblical Institute, which was founded in 1866. In 1871, the then-named Claflin University and Baker Biblical Institute merged. Claflin granted its first diploma in the year 1882. The property on which Claflin stands today was formerly where the Orangeburg Female Academy was housed. In 1872, the South Carolina General Assembly designated the South Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical Institute as a coordinate department of Claflin University. This arrangement remained intact until 1896 when the Act of Separation severed the State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute (SAMI) from Claflin; SAMI later became South Carolina State College. Claflin’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for students who desire a liberal arts education within a Christian environment. The curriculum centers on the Christian ethic, service to mankind, and appreciation of the cultural contributions of all people. Located on 29 acres, the seventeen-building campus embraces both historic and modern buildings. This traditionally black college is a United Negro College Fund Member.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation Claflin University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Other Accreditation: American Medical Association South Carolina Board of Education University Senate of the United Methodist Church
Costs per Year Room and board: $7,978 (room); Tuition and Special fees: $11,490 Estimated total cost: $19,468
In State Tuition 11490
Out of State Tuition 11490
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 96 Need-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs are available for eligible students.
Financial-Aid Deadline April 1 (Fall); October 18(Spring)
Admission Deadline August 1 (fall); December 1 (spring); February 1 (summer).
Entrance Requirements SAT or ACT required. Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and completion of 16 to 18 units including 4 English, 2 mathematics, 2 social studies, 1 science, and 8 electives. Students need recommendation from high school principal, guidance counselor, or homeroom teacher and a certificate of medical exam; students older than 19 must pass the Carolina High School Certificate Examination. A $10 application fee should be submitted with application.
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 120 semester hours and completion of core requirements including 9 hours of English, 5 hours of math, 8 hours of science, 20 hours of humanities, 6 hours of a foreign language, and one computer course. Students must complete at least 30 hours and two semesters, including senior year, at Claflin.
Student Body Profile Based on approximately 1,800 students enrolled: 40% are male and 60% are female. From 39 SC counties, 24 States, and 15 countries.
Diversity 15
Student Life Campus Regulations: Class attendance required; freshman orientation required; cars must be registered. Campus Services: Health center, personal counseling, testing service, religious activities, and free use of textbooks the following semester for students earning a 4.0 GPA. Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include band and chorale. Interested students may work on the Panther (student-run newspaper) or Les Memoirs (yearbook). Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Government Association (SGA) or the more than thirty-six clubs and organizations, including the Men’s and Women’s Personnel Council, which monitors the wholesome living of students. Some of the academic organizations are the Earth Science Club, Alpha Rho Tau Art Club, Banneker II Mathematics Club, and Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society. The Student Christian Association, Church School, and the Oxford Club are religious organizations. Social and cultural groups include the Off-Campus Panthers, NAACP, Theater Guild, and the National Pre-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Claflin has 10 residence halls – 7 for women and 3 for men – houses about 1,003 students (334 males and 669 females.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 63 Student-teacher ratio: 14:1 Full-time faculty members: 54 Part-time faculty members: 9
Athletic Program Claflin is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (EIAC). Intercollegiate Sports: men’s basketball, tennis, and track and field; women’s basketball, softball, tennis, track and field, softball, and volleyball. Intramural Sports: basketball, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May One summer session.
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: American Studies, Art Education, English, French, History, Music, Music Education, Religion and Philosophy, Sociology Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Applied Math and Engineering Technology, Biology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Elementary Education, Management, Marketing, Math Education, Mathematics, Science.
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