South Carolina

Claflin University

Orangeburg, SC
School Type:
4-year, Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Enrollment: 1,830
  • Mascot: Panthers
  • Colors: Orange and Maroon
  • Motto: The World Needs Visionaries
  • Campus Setting: Town
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Claflin University, situated in the town of Orangeburg, South Carolina, is a private institution with a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1869. Established just four years after the end of the Civil War, Claflin University was one of the first universities in the South to offer higher education to all students regardless of race or gender, making it a pioneer in the pursuit of inclusive education. Today, Claflin University continues this legacy with an enrollment of approximately 1,830 students, offering a range of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

The university's motto, "The World Needs Visionaries," encapsulates its commitment to nurturing forward-thinking leaders. Claflin University is particularly known for its strong academic programs in Business Administration, Biology, Biochemistry, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. The campus, which provides campus housing, fosters a close-knit and supportive community, enhancing the educational experience for its students. The university's spirit is proudly represented by its mascot, the Panthers, and its colors, orange and maroon.

In athletics, Claflin University competes in NCAA Division II as part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), showcasing the Panthers' competitive spirit and athletic prowess. Claflin University continues to be a significant institution in South Carolina, dedicated to providing quality education and preparing visionary leaders for the future.

Admissions & Financial Aid
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  • Financial Aid: (803) 535-5334
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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology

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NCAA Division II - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Team Name: Panthers & Lady Panthers

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball (Peach Belt Conference)
  • Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Cross Country

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Cross Country

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