Benedict College Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 1600 Harden Street
City Columbia
State South Carolina
Zip 29204
Phone 803-253-5143
Total Enrollment 2966
Motto The Greatest College in the Universe
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location The campus is located within walking distance of downtown Columbia, the capital of South Carolina. Columbia (population approximately 98,000) offers social and cultural activities, including several museums, an art gallery, and a zoological park. Points of interest include Hampton-Preston Mansion and Garden, the South Carolina State Museum, and the State House.
History Benedict College is a four-year, private, coed, liberal arts college affiliated with the Baptist Church. Founded in 1870 as Benedict Institute, the College has sought to combine the traditions of the Christian faith with the heritage of African Americans. Originally, instruction was offered at a postsecondary level. The school was chartered in 1884. In 1984, the school awarded its first degree and adopted its present name, Benedict College. The twenty-five-building campus is situated on 38 acres and ../includes the Ponders Fine Arts/Humanities Center and a Learning Resource Center that houses the library. There is an architectural blend of newly built facilities and recently renovated historical buildings. This traditionally black college is a United Negro College Fund member school.
Band Program No
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees.
Costs per Year 2002–03 Tuition: $9632 Room and board: $5434 Special fees: $708 Books: $700 Estimated total cost: $15,980
In State Tuition 9632
Out of State Tuition 9632
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 98 Range of scholarships and grants: $500–$13,000 Financial Aid Specific to the School Army and cooperative Air Force and Navy ROTC offer two- and three-year scholarships that p
Financial-Aid Deadline 38426
Admission Deadline Rolling admission
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and completion of these 18 units: 4 English, 2 mathematics, 2 social sciences, 2 sciences, and 8 electives; foreign language recommended. Must have minimum 2.0 high school GPA, proof of a recent medical exam, two letters of recommendation (one of which should be from an administrator or guidance counselor), and a one- to two-page personal essay. A $25 application fee is required.
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 125 semester hours and completion of the core requirements to include 7 hours mathematics, 8 hours science, 6 hours foreign language, one computer course, a 2.0 GPA, and at least one year in residence at Benedict.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 2,966 From in-state: 2,335 Other regions: 13 states; 10 international Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 1,443/1,381 Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 51/91 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 2,878; Caucasian, 2; Hispanic, 3; International, 83.
Diversity 100
Student Life Campus Regulations: Only cars with decals are permitted to park on campus. Campus Services: Health center and personal and psychological counseling. Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, band, dances, and the Benedict concert or gospel choir. Students may work on student-run publications or join the writer’s club. Communication majors or student volunteers may get involved in the student-run radio station.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 114 Student-teacher ratio: 17:1 Full-time faculty members: 101 Part-time faculty members: 13
Athletic Program Benedict College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II; the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); and the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (EIAC). Intercollegiate Sports: men’s baseball, basketball, football, and tennis; women’s basketball, volleyball, and tennis. Intramural Sports: basketball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Athletic Director, Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina 29204; Telephone: 803-773-7421 or 7423; 803-253-5434 (fax).
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May Two summer sessions.
Degrees Bachelor’s Degrees: Accounting, Art, Art Education, Biology, Biology Education, Business Administration and Management, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elementary Education, English, English Education, Environmental Health, Graphic Design, History, Individual and Family Development, Mathematics, Mathematic Education, Parks, Recreation and Leisure, Philosophy and Religion, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Elementary/Early Childhood/Kindergarten Education, Social Work
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