The quality of the academic facilities at Claflin is top-notch. The University invests a considerable amount of money to provide state-of-the-art scientific and technological equipment for its students and professors to use. Claflin recently added the Molecular Science and Research Center, which features state-of-the-art equipment, including the only Bruker BioSpin 700 Megahertz Ultrashield Plus at a South Carolina college. The building also has an atrium, multiple labs, offices, “Smart” classrooms, and study rooms. The University is planning on adding a forensics to the center, as well. Claflin’s library is three floors and has comfortable workstations and accessible computer stations on the second and third floors, and Bowen Hall provides a large area for students to study when they are not in class.
However, the University’s Student Center needs to be updated—it is quite small and lacks many features that other schools provide to their students. Plus, it closes too early in the evenings. As a result, there is not a lot to keep students entertained on campus during the day or night. The athletic facilities here are also lacking. Even though Claflin is a university, its gymnasium is comparable in size to a high school gym, and its location also causes some students to stay away. But the University does a good of working to maintain, restore, and modernize the existing facilities so they’re usable for future generations to come.