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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Claflin is a private, Christian university located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As a historically black college, Claflin has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,984 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Claflin acceptance rate is 56%. Popular majors include Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, Psychology, and Communications. Graduating 50% of students, Claflin alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,300.
400 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Claflin University Rankings

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Claflin Admissions

Acceptance Rate
56%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
830-1060
ACT Range
17-21
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$19,208/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$13,321/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.71 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.89 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.90 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
3
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    95%
  • Online
    5%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,984Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
96
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
79%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 60 responses
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  • Friendly
    45%
  • Nice, friendly, and can be rude sometimes
    30%
  • There are some nice people here and there
    13%
  • Super encouraging!
    10%
  • I haven't met a student yet.
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.116 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.124 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 66 responses
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  • Creating Visionary Leaders
    55%
  • The Claflin Confidence
    14%
  • Confident
    11%
  • EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!
    9%
  • Uphill Battle
    8%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Integrity
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$28,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
96%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.54 responses
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Claflin University is a very prestigious historically black university that is top tier. This university has taught me the importance of leadership, acceptance, and diversity. My experience with faculty and staff have been tremendously great. Upon transferring, the students have always been very friendly and makes everyone feel like family. The campus is very much family oriented and looks out for every student and not a select few. I transferred to Claflin University in 2018 going into my junior year. Transferring to this prestige university was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have met people who I am very much certain lifetime friends. Claflin, the oldest HBCU in South Carolina, is a university I would recommend to all students, especially African American students.
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Claflin University is a small college, where you can receive personal assistance with professors. To receive opportunities within your major, and twenty-nine percent of graduates attend graduate school and seventy-nine percent join the workforce upon graduation. Claflin University maintains a strong regional and national academic reputation. By providing excellent educational experiences for all students, and shorter time for degree completion. Claflin University provides research opportunities that challenges students with renowned professors. The University proved five elements that target visionary leadership; which are leadership, intellect, creativity, service, and activism. These key factors enhancing students with impacting global perspectives that can bring change throughout communities.
What I enjoyed about Claflin University was the atmosphere and the number of opportunities the school gives you. Claflin University makes a solid commitment to ensure the well being of its students and they adhere to almost their every need. Another thing I like about Claflin University is the amount of pride they show. Wherever Claflin goes, they are sure to represent who they are and what they stand for. They also make sure that every student is given an opportunity to achieve and succeed and become the best person they can possibly become and those are just a few of the reasons why I enjoy Claflin University.