Claflin University

Claflin University

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:

  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

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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Claflin University
400 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg , SC 29115-4498
General Phone: (803) 535-5000

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Claflin Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management100business management, organizational behavior, MIS, marketing, business and related services
Liberal Arts69American studies, African-American studies, English, sociology, history
Security and Law Enforcement45criminal justice and administration
Science29biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, chemistry
Education and Teaching23education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, biology teaching ...
Media18mass communication, communication and journalism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science, computer engineering
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy and religious studies
Art Studies2art studies
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree27435
Master's degree313

Claflin Student Body

Claflin is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Claflin had a total enrollment of 1,763 students (1,740 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 94%
Graduate 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 2%
Black 94%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 35%
20-21 26%
22-24 13%
25-29 6%
30-34 4%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

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

South Carolina74%
(International Students)3%
New York2%
New Jersey2%
North Carolina2%

Claflin Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 100 %

Claflin Room and Board (2007)

Claflin offers campus housing for 1,003 of its 1,740 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Orangeburg, 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 19 meals per week.

Claflin Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420550
SAT Math400500

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT83%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required
Years of College Work Before Admittancenot required

Claflin Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 12,925
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,925
Room and board $ 6,806
Room charge $ 3,034
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,772
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 3,600

Financial Aid:
Claflin participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 342400)

Claflin Faculty

Claflin 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 year2*3$87,631
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*3$55,924
All faculty totalcalendar year5$82,6937$73,297

*: 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$56,9995$60,276
Associate professoracademic year12$59,8845$59,894
Assistant professoracademic year24$51,37120$48,926
Instructoracademic year7$40,3869$41,319
Lectureracademic year2*1*
All faculty totalacademic year52$52,06040$49,621

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

Claflin Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

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

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports42226

Claflin Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
English Language and Literature, General
History, General

Mathematics, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

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What Sets Claflin Apart:

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