South Carolina

Benedict College

Columbia, SC
School Type:
4-year, Private
Student Population:
Tuition (State Resident):
Tuition (Non-Resident):
Room and Board:
Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
not required
Required ACT
not required
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1870
  • Enrollment: 1,840
  • Mascot: Tiger
  • Colors: Purple and Gold
  • Motto: Be A Power For Good In Society
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Benedict College, situated in Columbia, South Carolina, is a private institution with a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1870. Established just five years after the end of the Civil War, the college was founded with a mission to educate newly freed African Americans and has since been a cornerstone in providing higher education to the African-American community. Today, Benedict College enrolls approximately 1,840 students and offers a variety of academic programs, including Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

The college's motto, "Be A Power For Good In Society," reflects its commitment to empowering students to make positive contributions to society. Benedict College is known for its strong programs in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, eSports, Engineering, and Public Health, catering to a diverse range of interests and career aspirations. The campus, located in an urban setting, provides on-campus housing, fostering a vibrant and inclusive community for its students.

The college's spirit is proudly represented through its mascot, the Tiger, and its colors, purple and gold. In athletics, Benedict College competes in NCAA Division II as part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), with its teams known as the Tigers and Lady Tigers. Benedict College continues to uphold its legacy of educational excellence and societal contribution, making it a significant institution in the landscape of higher education.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (803) 705-4910  
  • Admissions email:

Visit Admissions

  • Financial Aid: (803) 705-4418
  • Financial Aid email:

Visit Financial Aid

Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • eSports
  • Engineering
  • Public Health

View All Majors


NCAA Division II - Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)

Team Name: Tigers and Lady Tigers

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Track & Field
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis

Ready to find HBCU scholarships?

Get matched now