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Claflin University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Claflin University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you’ll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Claflin University Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Claflin University was awarded 50 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

Claflin is ranked #1,897 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Claflin held the #2,231 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 44 colleges in South Carolina, Claflin is ranked at #36.

See all of the rankings for Claflin University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Claflin?

Acceptance Rate

Claflin University has an acceptance rate of 65%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Claflin.

Average Test Scores

About 52% of students accepted to Claflin submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 420 and 520. Math scores were between 420 and 520.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Claflin University  ( 420 to 520 )

SAT Math Scores for Claflin University  ( 420 to 520 )
Claflin received ACT scores from 48% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 18.

ACT Composite Scores for Claflin University  ( 16 to 18 )

Learn more about Claflin University admissions.

Claflin University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Claflin University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Claflin University is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Claflin University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Claflin University is 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Claflin the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 40%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Claflin University.

Claflin University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,969 undergraduates at Claflin with 1,806 being full-time and 163 being part-time.

How Much Does Claflin University Cost?

The overall average net price of Claflin is $20,806. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Claflin

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,748 $19,776 $21,018 $25,475 $26,587

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Claflin, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Claflin, approximately 87% of students took out student loans averaging $7,063 a year. That adds up to $28,252 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Claflin is 7.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Claflin Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Claflin make around $33,325 per year during the early years of their employment. This is about 22% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Claflin University make the most money.

Location of Claflin University

Claflin University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Orangeburg draws many to the area.

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Contact details for Claflin are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115-4498
Phone: 803-535-5000

Claflin University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 46 majors graduated from Claflin University. Of these students, 495 received undergraduate degrees and 35 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 71 $26,593
Nursing 47 $65,862
General Biology 41 $19,551
Criminal Justice & Corrections 40 $30,056
Communication & Media Studies 32 $19,023
Mathematics 30 NA
Health & Physical Education 26 $21,063
Teacher Education Grade Specific 21 $31,628
Human Resource Management 20 $28,900
Business Administration & Management 16 $30,587

Learn more about the majors offered at Claflin University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Claflin

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 207 students took at least one online class at Claflin University. This is an increase from the 179 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 207 207
2018-2019 179 179
2017-2018 158 158
2016-2017 277 277
2015-2016 44 44

Learn more about online learning at Claflin University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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