Orangeburg, SC
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3 College Junior

Academics: I mean I am pretty good at what I am majoring in, the school just needs more sports facillities.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The school is making improvements, but you really have to be on them if you aren't a STEM student.

3 College Senior

Academics: It's difficult. Definitely better than freshman year, but if you want to learn, you have to do it outside of class. You will not learn enough to be prepared for graduate school.

5 College Senior

Academics: I love my major the only thing I believe they need is more opportunities and it would be great if they had more of the materials that we need to do some of our work.

4 College Senior

Academics: The teachers are very hands on with teaching you. The workload isn't too much but that is mostly depending on your major. Their are plenty of study areas for you to get your work done.


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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

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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