#13 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

Claflin University

Orangeburg, South Carolina

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Claflin University overview
Location Orangeburg, South Carolina
Online claflin.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Claflin University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Claflin University is a small four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the United Methodist faith. In the most recent statistical year 8,467 prospective students applied, and 5,289 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 315 enrolled in the school.  1,737 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 129 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $16,476 plus fees of $570. Claflin University is ranked 931 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2023 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Claflin University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Claflin University is rated within the lower 25% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
Extremely Easy
Claflin University overview
SAT 840/1040
ACT 16/18
GPA 3.28
Applications Accepted
Claflin University overview
Applications Due May 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Claflin University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,900
Other Fees$570
Room and Board $9,480
Budget for Other Expenses$5,250
Total One Year Cost$33,676

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$30,700 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
40% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Claflin University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 29%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 19%
Social Sciences 14%
Biology 11%
Communication 6%

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