HBCU of the Month – Claflin University

The HBCU Foundation is proud to announce our HBCU of the Month for March, 2019 – Claflin University, in Orangeburg, South Carolina!

Founded in 1869, Claflin University was named in honor of Lee Claflin, a prominent Methodist layman of Boston, and his son William Claflin, the governor of Massachusetts. Ardent abolitionists, these men harbored a great concern for higher education and the uplift of African-Americans.

Ranked among the nation’s Top 10 in alumni giving percentage, Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education and has remained committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.

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Claflin seeks to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership. In its undergraduate programs, Claflin provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education. Emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research and oral and written communication skills, the university invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society. Claflin’s graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced students to increase their specialization in particular fields of study oriented toward professional enhancement and academic growth. Its continuing education programs provide students with expanded avenues for professional development and personal fulfillment.

Every decision is made with the expectation that it’s excellence or nothing. Anything less than excellence is not an option.

– Dr. Leonard Pressley, Jr. Professor, Biology and Physical Therapy; Claflin Alumnus



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