Benedict College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Downtown Columbia
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Benedict College Admissions Overview:

Benedict College has open admissions—any interested student has who has fulfilled minimum admissions requirements has the opportunity to study at the school. There are no test scores (from the SAT or ACT) required for admission, although applicants can submit them if they choose. Students do need to send in high school transcripts and fill out an application. There is no essay or personal statement requirement as part of the application, and students may submit the application form online or through the mail.

To be considered for admissions, students need to have a cumulative 2.0 GPA (on the 4.0 scale) in their high school courses. Benedict College's website has more information about applying, and interested students are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office with any questions they may have.

Admissions Data (2016):

Benedict College Description:

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, four-year, historically black, Baptist, liberal arts college in Columbia, South Carolina. The campus supports over 3,000 students with a student/faculty ratio of 19 to 1. The Education and Employment Statistic Division of the American Institute of Physics ranked Benedict in the top ten colleges in the country for producing African Americans with an undergraduate Physics degree.

In addition, Diverse Magazine named Benedict as one of the top 100 US institutions for graduating African-American scholars. The college offers 28 degrees and 30 majors across 12 academic departments. Popular choices include marketing, criminal justice, biology, media studies, psychology, and music.

To engage students outside of the classroom, Benedict has a host of student clubs and organizations, as well as many sororities and fraternities. On the athletic front, the Benedict College Tigers compete in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) with sports including men’s and women’s cross country, golf, track and field, and tennis.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,281 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $19,566
  • Books: $2,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,672
  • Other Expenses: $2,150
  • Total Cost: $32,388

Benedict College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 89%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,610
    • Loans: $11,819

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Child and Family Development, Mass Communication, Recreation, Social Work

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 56%
  • Transfer-out Rate: - %
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 9%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 22%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

If You Like Benedict College, You May Also Like These Schools:

For those interested in applying to other HBCUs, choices similar to Benedict College include Morehouse College, Oakwood University, Rust College, Bethune-Cookman University, and Claflin University.

If you’re looking for a smaller school in South Carolina, consider checking out Newberry College, Lander University, Southern Wesleyan University, Anderson University.