Claflin University, which was established by Methodist missionaries in 1869, was named in honor of philanthropist Lee Claflin and his son, Massachusetts Governor William Claflin. They provided a majority of the funds for the purchase of the campus. This independent liberal arts university is currently situated on a 43-acre campus in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Claflin University offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, and Master of Science degrees. The academic divisions of the university are:
The men's sports teams of the university are known as the Claflin Panthers, while the women's teams are nicknamed the Lady Panthers. The athletics department fields teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, track and field, softball, and volleyball. Claflin University's teams compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of the NCAA Division II.
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