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Want the scoop on Claflin University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Claflin offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much 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?

2021 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 12 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

Claflin landed the #1,192 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 34 colleges in South Carolina, Claflin is ranked at #18.

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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

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 58%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  58 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

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Claflin University Is Not Very Diverse

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,986 undergraduates at Claflin with 1,889 being full-time and 97 being part-time.

Claflin Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 19.73 out of 100, Claflin is one of the least diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  19.73 out of 100
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How Much Does Claflin University Cost?

The overall average net price of Claflin is $19,396. 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 +
$19,440 $20,524 $15,375 $24,525 $17,474

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 $6,854 a year. That adds up to $27,416 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Claflin is 10.6%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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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 $28,500 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 28% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field 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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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 33 majors graduated from Claflin University. Of these students, 350 received undergraduate degrees and 44 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 44 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 38 $28,200
Communication & Media Studies 33 $21,700
Business Administration & Management 30 $33,700
General Biology 30 NA
Health & Physical Education 24 $19,600
Nursing 22 NA
Sociology 20 $21,700
Other Business, Management & Marketing 17 NA
Human Resource Management 11 $30,300

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 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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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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