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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are attractions here for us off and on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Claflin university is a great school for your education but where it is located there isn't much to do because it's in a very small and rural town.

1 College Freshman

Local Area: This is literally a ghost town. The only thing promised to see/hear is the train that passes by 30 times a day.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Orangeburg is really not a place for someone who is thinking about starting their career or a family. There are just restaurants, stores, and gas stations in this area. We have to travel maybe 30-45 minutes for a mall or to do something decent.

2 College Junior

Local Area: For a small town if some money was seriously invested this could be a very vibrant college town but the colleges (Claflin and SCSU) in it is what holds this city together.

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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 59 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 60 responses

  • 5% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 17% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 40% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 23% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 15% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 60 responses

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

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 60 responses

  • 15% Totally.
  • 30% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 55% No way.



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