Benedict College

Benedict College

Benedict College is a liberal arts college located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. It was originally founded in the year 1870 as a teacher's college by northern Baptists. The campus spreads across an area of more than 100 acres. Benedict College offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

Benedict College's athletics department fields several men's and women's sports teams. They participate in sports such as baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and softball. They also have a cheerleading team. The college is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The sports teams are nicknamed the Tigers. Some of the college's notable alumni are Jack B. Johnson, County Executive for Prince George's County; Wlliam Clay, former Missouri U.S. Congressman; and Leroy Walker, former U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman.

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Benedict College
1600 Harden Street
Columbia , SC 29204-1086
General Phone: (803) 256-4220

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Benedict Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management64business management, business administration, accounting
Family and Social Work50family studies, social work
Liberal Arts48English, general studies, economics, political science, sociology
Security and Law Enforcement35criminal justice and administration
Science33biology, chemistry, physics, physics courses, physical science courses
Media24mass communication, journalism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22parks and recreation studies, recreational therapy
Therapy and Counseling19psychology
Computer Science and Engineering12computer and info science, information science, computer science, computer engineering
Education and Teaching10elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, biology teaching
Engineering Technician6electrical/electronic tech
Medical Administration5environmental health
Medicine5public health, public health courses
Fine Arts4fine arts
Music4music, voice
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art
Engineering0electrical engineering, engineering physics
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy and religious studies
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Benedict in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree34346

Benedict Student Body

Benedict is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Benedict had a total enrollment of 2,641 students (2,724 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 0%
Black 99%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 42%
20-21 26%
22-24 20%
25-29 6%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina47%
New York6%
New Jersey5%
North Carolina2%
Washington, DC2%
(International Students)1%

Benedict Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 53 %

Benedict Room and Board (2007)

Benedict offers campus housing for 2,210 of its 2,724 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbia, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Benedict Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 14,570
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,570
Room and board $ 6,702
Books and supplies $ 2,000
Other expenses $ 1,600

Financial Aid:
Benedict participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 342000)

Benedict Faculty

Benedict has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$62,9372*
Associate professorcalendar year6$57,1991*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*2*
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year10$58,6287$51,648

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$61,1193$56,635
Associate professoracademic year11$54,5032*
Assistant professoracademic year26$47,94417$51,336
Instructoracademic year14$37,83123$38,694
All faculty totalacademic year58$48,33745$45,279

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Benedict Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports247397

Benedict Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Environmental Health

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Public Health, Other

Music, General
Voice and Opera

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Benedict Apart:

% of degrees in family and social work
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Minority % of student body
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Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 8%Benedict Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 8%Benedict % of degrees in computer science and engineering
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Number of students
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% of degrees in mathematics
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 13%Benedict % of degrees in mathematics
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. all colleges)
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% of degrees in media
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Benedict % of degrees in media
% of degrees in art studies
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Top 17%Benedict % of degrees in art studies
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 17%Benedict % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in science
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Top 18%Benedict % of degrees in science
Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Benedict Male % of student body
% of degrees in business and management
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 20%Benedict % of degrees in business and management

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
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checked NCAA athletic conference member

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