Orangeburg, SC
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4 College Junior

Academics: In the school of Business there is so much opportunity provided for the majors in this cluster. The teachers are excellent and help out students in anyway they can. Also there are a lot of programs to join and apply to for internships and jobs.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics is the best thing at Claflin. They provide you with a great education, volunteer service, global experience, internships, and job opportunities. You have to take advantage of all the opportunities out there, other wise you will lose out.

4 College Senior

Academics: The curriculum is not bad at all in the biology department. We have a lot of work sometimes, but its all geared towards our understanding of the subjects. They encourage students to look for internships every summer.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors in the biology department varies. Some are good and are willing to help you anytime, but some are really really hard.

5 College Junior

Academics: the music department is my family, we work hard, play hard, and study hard.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 103rd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 137th
    Best Registration Process
  • 137th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 139th
    Most Available Classes
  • 255th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Claflin Prowler
Orangeburg, S.C.
Biology/Biological Sciences
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Many students choose Claflin because of its academic reputation and tradition of excellence. The University offers more than 35 majors through the School of Business, School of Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. There is also an honors college that offers a more stimulating program with more rigorous learning experiences, intense academic advising, increased cultural enrichment activities, and community-service experiences aimed at enhancing and developing students’ academic and leadership potential. All Claflin students must fulfill general education requirements, and all rising juniors must take the General Education Exit Exam.

The professors at Claflin are as diverse as the students, which contributes to a very rich and rewarding learning experience. Some students may have slight problems adjusting to certain professors and their teaching style, but everyone here is always looking to learn. In general, the workload and grading system are average—it can be a challenge or a trivial pursuit depending on the student. Claflin students generally attain high GPAs and even partake in study abroad programs where they can learn about new cultures, people, and lifestyles. As a result of the academic opportunities that Claflin provides, many students perform well and move on to top graduate schools and careers.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 53%
  • 20 to 49 students: 42%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration: 6%
  • Organizational Behavior Studies: 6%
  • Sociology: 6%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Claflin University currently does not offer online courses for its students.
Best Places to Study
  • Bowen Hall
  • H. V. Manning Library
  • The Student Center
  • Study lounge
  • Your room
Tips to Succeed
  • Avoid procrastination and do not miss any deadlines. Once an assignment is given, try to start on it immediately.
  • Be active on and off campus-it will be helpful when applying for internships.
  • Check your school e-mail daily. The University relies heavily on its e-mail system to communicate with students on a constant basis. Students can miss out on important opportunities if they do not check regularly.
  • Consult your academic adviser on a regular basis.
  • Do not plagiarize. The school has a zero-tolerance policy if you are caught cheating.
  • Drop any courses before their deadlines.
  • Get involved with events and organizations around campus. It will help you meet new students on campus and build lasting friendships.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Participate in class by asking and answering questions. Inter-personal skills are very important in the classroom.
  • Register for your classes online through the school's website.
Did You Know?
Claflin University is the oldest historically black college or university in South Carolina. It is also the first college in the state to welcome all students, regardless of race or gender.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 30 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Daniel Howard - documentary filmmaker
  • 20% Ernest Finney, Jr. -Cheif Justice



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