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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. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Claflin University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Claflin University was awarded 8 badges in the 2020 rankings.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Claflin is ranked #1,181 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Claflin held the #1,251 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 34 colleges in South Carolina, Claflin is ranked at #19.

See all of the rankings for Claflin University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Claflin?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Claflin University is a competitive 41%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 42% 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 390 and 570. Math scores were between 390 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Claflin University  ( 390 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for Claflin University  ( 390 to 560 )
Claflin received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 14 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Claflin University  ( 14 to 23 )

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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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Claflin University is 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Claflin University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Claflin University has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 11% for first-time, full-time students at Claflin, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100

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

Claflin University Is Not Very Diverse

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,038 undergraduates at Claflin with 1,955 being full-time and 83 being part-time.

Claflin Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 14.69 out of 100, Claflin is one of the least diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  14.69 out of 100
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How Much Does Claflin University Cost?

The overall average net price of Claflin is $19,962. 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 +
$19,749 $20,282 $22,302 $24,321 $26,866

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Claflin, approximately 87% of students took out student loans averaging $6,918 a year. That adds up to $27,672 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Claflin is 8.4%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Claflin with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $28,500 in their early years. This is about 30% 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

Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Claflin University is a private not-for-profit institution. Orangeburg is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Location of Claflin University

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 29 majors graduated from Claflin University. Of these students, 311 received undergraduate degrees and 32 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
Criminal Justice & Corrections 42 $28,200
General Psychology 33 NA
Communication & Media Studies 28 $21,700
Business Administration & Management 26 $33,700
Health & Physical Education 26 $19,600
General Biology 24 NA
Human Resource Management 20 $30,300
Sociology 13 $21,700
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 13 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 12 NA

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

Online Learning at Claflin

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 158 students took at least one online class at Claflin University. This is a decrease from the 277 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 158 158
2016-2017 277 277
2015-2016 44 44
2014-2015 111 111
2013-2014 60 60

Learn more about online learning at Claflin University.

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