Claflin University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Orangeburg, SC
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
39 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Academics
  • Great student-teacher relationships
  • The small family-orientated campus
  • The Honors College

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Visitation policy
  • No wireless Internet in the dorms or around campus
  • Same old food at the cafeteria
  • Lack of campus transportation

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Claflin University sets itself apart by being a small, family-oriented campus—and you will notice this from the moment you first arrive here. Everyone, from the administrators to the maintenance staff, is always warm, welcoming, friendly, and ready to assist the students. It is very hard to make enemies at this school because everyone respects everyone else and where they came from. The students and faculty come from different backgrounds, yet that does not lead to segregation.

The people here possess genuine Southern hospitality, a trait that never gets old around campus, and everyone takes pride in the rich history they have become a part of at Claflin. Everyone is always focused on their academic success and achieving the desired “Claflin Confidence.” The school constantly makes a personal effort to help students achieve all their goals by helping in whatever way they can. When you graduate from Claflin, you will not only leave with your diploma, but you will also leave with a wealth of great friendships and family bonds that you have made with others at the University. It truly is a rewarding experience.

Claflin Student Reviews

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Majoring in art is time consuming but fun. I enjoy it.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the restaurants are chains such as McDonald's, Cookout, and Taco Bell so the prices are the usual amounts. The restaurants I just listed, plus a Dominos and Chinese restaurant are located about 2 blocks from campus so those are convenient. If you want fancier cuisine like Applebee's, iHop, or Cracker Barrel you'll have to drive about 5 minutes from campus. To my knowledge, none of the restaurants in town offer student discounts. The variety sucks but the most delicious restaurant is Mr. Hibachi, a Japanese restaurant.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Student life on Claflin's campus is subpar. Athletic centers are really only available to be used by student athletes. A basketball court is available outside of High Rise, a male dormitory. The student center is barely existent. It's a small two-story building with a Pizza Hut Express, Jazzman's Cafe (similar to Starbucks), and a game room. Department of Residential Life and a multipurpose room are also located in the Student Center. The library is actually alright. The books are largely outdated and there doesn't seem to be a hope of updating. The computers in the library were updated to flat screens last spring which is pretty cool. The temperature varies and sometimes it's too hot in the library to student adequately. There's a lot of green space on campus. Most of it is located in the center of campus. There are multiple meltdowns (school-allowed parties) provided during the school in the plaza located outside of the cafeteria. Also, Calabash is a annual arts festival that is awesome. There are really no student hangouts on our campus other than within each others' dormitories.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Claflin University. The professors are really good and I do not mind the rules that we do have. I definitely feel safe and the size of the campus is not a burden. I would start all over again if I had to. We do not have to schedule appointments to meet with our advisors due to our small population; we just walk in whenever we would like to. We do not have a wide variety of courses but we have the courses that you need to excel in your field. Most of our classes are about 20-40 students. If you're a science major, like me, your class sizes will be larger than other majors.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: More than 70% of students on our campus have internships/jobs over the summer. Career prospects are quite promising. Students have accepted jobs from Dell, Google, Michelin, Bank of America, and various government positions. Other students continue their education in professional schools. On average, more students are accepted into law schools and business schools than to medical schools. Regardless, attending Claflin University puts you in a good position when furthering your education afterwards. Claflin is one the top HBCUs in the nation and we are proud of it.


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