Local Atmosphere

Orangeburg, SC
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1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: it is very boring not a lot of things to do in the city

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Again Orangeburg needs to provide a better atmosphere for it's college students.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The area is just okay. I wish they had a bigger mall, a movie theater, bowling alley or something for us to do on the weekends.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Orangeburg has a number of places to visit, you'd just have to find them.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I don't go out that much. I am on the gospel choir. We are all the time going to different churches in the community. The chuch folk are nice and welcomes us when we get there. I love the choir life!!


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Claflin Prowler
Orangeburg, S.C.
Biology/Biological Sciences
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The local atmosphere at Claflin and in the surrounding environment of Orangeburg is quite tranquil and relaxing. The University has maintained most of its historic buildings, which adds a Southern charm to the atmosphere for its students and visitors alike. The natural environment on its own is quite peaceful, but the students and locals bring the small town of Orangeburg to life. The town is very appreciative that it is home to two major universities in South Carolina—Claflin and South Carolina State University—and the locals love to meet and interact with the variety of college students here.

However, since Orangeburg is so small—the population is less than 15,000—there is not much activity in the town itself, and many students prefer to head off to bigger cities like Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia where there are a variety of things for them to do. However, all students agree that Orangeburg is one of the best places to get away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. The town is calm, and there are no distractions to affect a student’s academic potential, which gives Claflin students a big advantage in their college careers.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Orangeburg was named for William IV, Prince of Orange.
  2. The town's nickname is "The Garden City."
  3. Orangeburg played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement. Students from both Claflin and South Carolina State College and residents of Orangeburg's black community held marches, sit-ins, and hunger strikes to protest economic retaliation against locals seeking school integration. The city was also the scene of the Orangeburg massacre.
Notable Natives
  • Shelton Benjamin - professional wrestler
  • Monique Coleman - actress and singer, best known for "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2"
  • Bob Corker - U.S. senator
  • Bill Spiers - former professional baseball player
Points of Interest
Edisto Memorial Gardens
Shopping Centers
Prince of Orange Mall
Movie Theaters
Carmike Camelot 4
2016 Columbia Rd.
(803) 536-6352
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Charleston: SC: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Columbia: SC: 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 46 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 44 responses

  • 14% Painfully remote.
  • 20% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 45% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 16% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 5% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 95% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 58% No way.
  • 35% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 7% Totally.



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