Orangeburg, SC
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5 College Senior

Diversity: I love meeting people of different backgrounds at my university. We are a very diverse campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Great place to network with diverse individuals.

4 College Junior

Diversity: You have all ethnics and people withh different outlooks on stuff all at one campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Claflin is doing a good job of making the campus more diverse but they have a ways to go since it's an HBCU that's primary students are African American.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are many people from different countries on campus

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Claflin Prowler
Orangeburg, S.C.
Biology/Biological Sciences
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Since Claflin University is a historically black college and university (HBCU), the majority of students here are African Americans. However, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, or age in any of its policies, and Claflin actually has a very diverse student population. The students and professors at Claflin come from different states and countries—there are students from 25 states and 15 foreign countries, including Austria, Ghana, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam—and the campus is a big melting pot of different cultures, races, and ideas.

Also, despite being strongly affiliated with the Methodist Church, there are also many different types of religions acknowledged on campus. Students have free speech and rights and can follow whichever religious denomination they choose, as long as they do not try to force their beliefs onto anyone else. The students, faculty, and staff are very welcoming and hospitable to everyone regardless of their differences in diversity, and in today’s society, it is very rare to find that trait.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 14%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 51%
Asian American: 17%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 23%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The GLBT community is never talked about on campus, and there are no GLBT organizations either. In fact, talking about gay pride is a subject that is too controversial for anyone to really address on campus. However, everyone is treated with the same respect on campus.
Political Activity
Claflin students are not usually open or active in any type of political activity on or around campus.
Economic Status
Many Claflin students benefit from scholarships that are either need-based or given because of academic achievements. However, this does not create tension among other students.
Most Common Religions
The school is affiliated with the Methodist Church, so a lot of students are Methodist. There are also a lot of Protestant students. Claflin has its own Chapel, and Sunday services are held every week. There are also evening worship sessions on weekdays.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The International Students Association (ISA) is for all international students at Claflin. This group hosts events, participates in fund-raisers, and takes part in the homecoming parade.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 15% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 15% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 18% Not sure
  • 21% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 33 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 32 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 24% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 73% Very accepting.



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