6 Reasons to Consider Claflin University When Exploring HBCU Options

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If you or your child is in the market for a great Historically Black College and University (HBCU), here is some good news: you don’t need to leave South Carolina.

The nation’s ninth-best HBCU, according to U.S. News and World Report, a school with a rich century-and-a-half history, a school selected by Bill and Melinda Gates to help transform education, a school on a beautiful campus beloved by its alumni, is right here in our state. 

It’s Claflin University. Surprised?

There is so much you would be surprised about when considering Claflin:

1. One of the Most Honored Schools in the South

Of all the nation’s HBCUs, Claflin has been rated one of the 10 best for a decade straight – alongside iconic schools like Spelman, Howard and Tuskegee. Claflin is also ranked the ninth-best regional school in the South and the 14th best institution advancing social mobility. Students who graduate from Claflin achieve extraordinary success in their careers, regardless of where they started.

2. Alumni Really Love Claflin

As a tight-knit community of 2,000 students dedicated to scholarship, philanthropy and community, Claflin ranks #1 among HBCUs in the percentage of alumni giving back to the school following graduation. Claflin students develop a lifelong emotional bond and a deep sense of pride in their alma mater and enjoy the career success that allows them to contribute monetarily to their school. 

3. Bill Gates Loves Claflin Too!

Based on a presentation describing how Claflin has transformed itself into one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made a substantial donation to the school. The investment in Claflin is evidence of the Foundation’s confidence in Claflin’s plan to advance education in the future.

4. Claflin Has Earned Prestigious National Accreditations

The Claflin business, nursing, education, music, chemistry and computer science programs have all earned national accreditation for their curriculum excellence. These accreditations come from The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the South Carolina State Board of Education, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Claflin’s RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners. The university has earned national acclaim from the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology for the exceptional quality of its academic programs and success in producing an impressive number of STEM graduates. Claflin is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. 

5. The Honors College Provides Unique Preparation for Success

The Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College, now in its 27th year, selects the highest performing high school seniors and offers them a singular experience designed to promote academic excellence, leadership and future success. Students in the honors college take accelerated courses, write an honors thesis and enjoy extra opportunities to engage in high-level research, collaborative problem solving and more reflective thinking.

The Honors College makes up fifteen percent of the Claflin student body. It is a talented group of students- and a diverse one as well-with international students hailing from countries as far away as Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Vietnam.

6. Join a Rich History of Equity and Achievement

Founded in 1869 by Lee Claflin, a Methodist minister, the school was the first in South Carolina and one of the first in the nation to accept students “regardless of race, complexion, or religious opinion.” Many of its alumni have gone on to become prominent leaders in civil rights, law, medicine and other fields, in many cases shattering barriers along the way.

Visit Claflin in nearby Orangeburg and decide for yourself whether an HBCU building high achievers is the place for you. Or, take a virtual tour here. For more information, visit Claflin.edu.