Home to about 1,724 undergraduates in 2020, Benedict College is a small, private college located in Columbia, South Carolina. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, Benedict College offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Benedict College can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Benedict College Guide to Distance and Online Learning.
The Higher Education Act of 1965 established historically black colleges and universities as institutions whose principal mission was the education of African-Americans. Today, the HBCU designation does not necessitate that Benedict College is exclusively or even predominantly African-American (though it currently is). Thanks to integration efforts, there are HBCUs with non-black majorities and non-HBCUs with black majorities. For more information you can review the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the Baptist faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best Baptist Colleges and Universities.
For more information on policies and accommodations that the college provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Benedict College Disability Services.
While not a "service academy", Benedict College does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit Benedict College Veteran Services . For more information, check out our Benedict College for Veterans Guide.
Benedict College offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.
* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.
Benedict College has a comparatively small, student body. There were 1,724 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 1,700 (98.6%). Part-time attendance was 24 (1.4%).
Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Benedict College is about average in terms of overall diversity. We rank Benedict College #1416 out of 3,451.
The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.
You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Benedict College by looking closer at the ethnic, gender, age, and geographic diversity metrics from the Benedict College Diversity Guide.
Benedict College has a total of 277 student athletes, 180 men and 97 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.
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For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Benedict College Athletics