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400 Magnolia Street N.E.
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115
Main Phone: (803) 535-5000 or (803) 535-5382
Main Contact: Michael Zeigler

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Claflin University

     Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin seeks to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership.
     In its undergraduate programs, Claflin provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education. Emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research, oral and written communication skills, the University invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society. Claflin’s graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced students to increase their specialization in particular fields of study oriented toward professional enhancement and academic growth. Its continuing education programs provide students with expanded avenues for professional development and personal fulfillment.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 1832
Graduate Population: 70
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $12868
Out of State Tuition: $12868
Room & Board: $7078
Applications Due: March 1st ($21)
Conference: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Mascot: Panthers and Lady Panthers
Online Classes: yes
Percent Men: 35%
Percent Women: 65%

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Majors Offered

School of Business

-Bs in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting and Finance
-Bs in Business Administration with
-Bs in Management
-Bs in Marketing
-Bs in Organizational Management

School of Education

-Bs in Early Childhood Education
-Bs in Elementary Education
-Bs in Human Performance and Recreation
-Bs in Middle Level Education
-Bs in PK-12 and Secondary Education Programs
-Bs in Sport Management

School of Humanities & Social Sciences

-Ba in African & African American Studies
-Ba in Art Education
-Ba in Criminal Justice Administration
-Ba in Digital Design
-Ba in English
-Ba in English Education
-Ba in Foreign Languages
-Ba in Mass Communication
-Ba in Music
-Ba in Music Education
-Ba in Philosophy & Religion
-Ba in Performing Ensembles
-Ba in Political Science
-Ba in Psychology
-Ba in Sociology
-Ba in Studio Art

School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

-Ba in Biochemistry
-Ba in Bioinformatics
-Ba in Biology
-Ba in Biotechnology
-Ba in Chemistry
-Ba in Computer Engineering
-Ba in Computer Science
-Ba in Environmental Science
-Ba in Management Information Science
-Ba in Mathematics
-Ba in Mathematics Education
-Ba in RN to BSN in Nursing
Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choir, Fraternities, Jazz Band, Radio Station, Sororities, Television Station
College History
     Claflin was founded in 1869 by Methodist missionaries to prepare freed slaves to take their rightful places as full American citizens. The University takes its name from two Methodist churchmen, Massachusetts Governor William Claflin and his father, Boston philanthropist Lee Claflin, who provided a large part of the funds to purchase the campus.
     Dr. Alonzo Webster, a minister and educator from Vermont and a member of Claflin’s Board of Trustees, secured Claflin’s charter in 1869. The charter forbids discrimination of any sort among faculty, staff and students, making Claflin the first South Carolina University open to all students regardless of race, class or gender.
     Claflin opened its doors with Dr. Webster as its first president. He came to South Carolina to teach at the Baker Biblical Institute in Charleston, an institution established by the S.C. Mission Conference of 1866 of the Methodist Episcopal Church for the education of African American ministers. In 1870 the Baker Biblical Institute merged with Claflin University. An act by the South Carolina General Assembly on March 12, 1872, designated the South Carolina State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute as a part of Claflin University. In 1896 the S.C. General Assembly passed an act of separation which severed the State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute from Claflin University and established a separate institution which eventually became South Carolina State University.
     Since the administration of Dr. Webster, Claflin has been served by seven presidents: Dr. Edward Cooke (1872-1884); Dr. Lewis M. Dunton (1884-1922); Dr. Joseph B. Randolph (1922 1944); Dr. John J. Seabrook (1945-1955); Dr. Hubert V. Manning (1956-1984); Dr. Oscar A. Rogers, Jr. (1984-1994); and Dr. Henry N. Tisdale (1994-present).
     Dr. Cooke left the presidency of Lawrence College to become the second president of Claflin. During his administration, a disastrous fire destroyed the Fisk Building, a proud monument designed by Robert Bates, recognized as the first certified Black Architect in the United States. In 1879 the first college class was graduated.
     The Reverend Dr. Dunton, former vice president and development officer, was Claflin’s third president. Dr. Dunton, a graduate of Syracuse University, was a practical educator. Under his administration the law department was set up under the Honorable J. J. Wright, a former Associate Justice of the S.C. Supreme Court; graduates were admitted to the South Carolina Bar; Claflin’s property increased from six to 21 acres. After his retirement, Dr. Dunton deeded his personal home and six acres of land to Claflin.
     Dr. Randolph, Claflin’s fourth president, was the former president of Samuel Houston College and former dean of Wiley College. As a professional educator, he placed emphasis on a complete liberal arts education for the students who were inspired intellectually, culturally, and spiritually to launch into varied fields. The high school and upper grades were discontinued, but the first four elementary grades were retained for the teacher education program; this part of the program was later discontinued.
     Dr. Seabrook, director of Morgan Christian Center, Baltimore, Maryland, became the fifth president of Claflin. Dr. Seabrook persuaded the South Carolina Annual Conference to increase substantially its annual giving to Claflin. Furthermore, he revitalized the interest of the New England Conference of the Methodist Church in the institution. The endowment was increased, and the curriculum was expanded. The college received its first accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1948.
     Dr. Manning was appointed Claflin’s sixth president. He was a Methodist minister and former associate professor at Claflin. Under Dr. Manning’s leadership the faculty was strengthened, the endowment increased and the physical plant was significantly expanded.
     Dr. Rogers, former dean of the Graduate School at Jackson State University, became Claflin’s seventh president. Under his administration the enrollment and endowment increased, the Grace Thomas Kennedy building was constructed, the financial base of the college improved, and two capital campaigns were completed. Dr. Rogers also commissioned a master plan to guide campus development into the 21st century.
     Dr. Tisdale, Claflin’s eighth and current president, was former senior vice president and chief academic officer at Delaware State University. Dr. Tisdale brought a wealth of scholarly achievement and demonstrated leadership to the University. He declared academic excellence the number one priority for Claflin. The first steps, designed to enhance the academic environment, included the establishment of the Claflin Honors College and the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, and the national accreditation of more than a dozen academic programs. Graduate programs established include the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Science in Biotechnology and the Master of Education. Facilities enhancements include construction of the Living and Learning Center, Legacy Plaza, the Student Residential Center, the Music Center, and the new University Chapel. Claflin University is now recognized as one of the premier liberal arts institutions in the nation.
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Homecoming Week and ReUnion Weekend 2019 Commences at Claflin University
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New Institute for Study of Southern African Americans Established at Claflin
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