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Benedict College: Narrative Description


1600 Harden St.
Columbia, SC 29204
Tel: (803)256-4220; Admissions: (803)253-5275; Fax: (803)253-5167; Web Site:

Description: Independent Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1870. Setting: 20-acre urban campus. Endowment: $17 million. Total enrollment: 3,005. 4,039 applied, 71% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 14% from top quarter, 28% from top half. Full-time: 2,864 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 141 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 20% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Hispanic, 99% black, 0.1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 10% 25 or older, 66% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; law/legal studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 7/31.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $17,020 includes full-time tuition ($10,498), mandatory fees ($1088), and college room and board ($5434). Part-time tuition: $351 per credit hour. part-time mandatory fees: $41 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 40 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 2% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: NAACP, Student Education Association, African Awareness Student Union. Major annual events: Fall Convocation, Homecoming Week, Spring Fest Week. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 2,013 college housing spaces available; 1,850 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Benjamin Payton Learning Resource Center with 114,770 books, 35,754 microform titles, 320 serials, 5,954 audiovisual materials, and a Web page. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See University of South Carolina.

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