Claflin University: Narrative Description

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700 College Ave., NE
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Tel: (803)535-5097
Admissions: (803)535-5340
Fax: (803)531-2860
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Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1869. Setting: 32-acre small town campus with easy access to Columbia. Endowment: $13.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4266 per student. Total enrollment: 1,814. Faculty: 121 (93 full-time, 28 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 2,495 applied, 46% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 1,698 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 74 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 19 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Hispanic, 93% black, 0.1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 15% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; education; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at South Carolina State University, Medical University of South Carolina, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Clemson University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.00 high school GPA, interview, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $18,492 includes full-time tuition ($10,900), mandatory fees ($1684), and college room and board ($5908). College room only: $2632. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $384 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $63 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities; 22% of eligible men and 26% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: graduation, Homecoming, Honors Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols. 1,003 college housing spaces available; 963 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. H. V. Manning Library with 158,108 books, 62,718 microform titles, 427 serials, 981 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $761,608. 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.

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