Claflin University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Claflin University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 42%, Claflin may seem like a fairly selective school, but the admissions bar is not overly high. Many students are admitted with below average standardized test scores and grades.To apply, interested students need to be fill out an application form and submit scores from the SAT or ACT, high school transcripts, and a letter of recommendation.

Admissions Data (2016):

Claflin University Description:

Founded in 1869, Claflin University has a rich history. The university was founded by Methodist missionaries working to prepare freed slaves to become American citizens. Today the college is the oldest historically black university in South Carolina, and the school maintains its affiliation with the Methodist Church. Claflin has an impressive 12 to 1 student faculty ratio, and the curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Business and social science programs are most popular among undergraduates. The college sits on a 43-acre campus in the small city of Orangeburg. In athletics, the Claflin University Pathersn compete in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The college fields five men's and four women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,978 (1,905 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35% Male / 65% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $16,158
  • Books: $1,800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,932
  • Other Expenses: $5,200
  • Total Cost: $32,090

Claflin University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 93%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,343
    • Loans: $7,107

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Media Studies, Organizational Behavior Studies, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 13%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 40%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Cross Country, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Claflin University Mission Statement:

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"Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869. Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin seeks to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership..."