|Motto||The World Needs Visionaries|
United Methodist Church|
|President||Dr. Henry N. Tisdale|
|Location||Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States|
|Campus||Urban 40 acres (16 ha)|
Orange and Maroon|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
|Nickname||Panthers and Lady Panthers|
|Affiliations||Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
track and field
Claflin University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States, about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Columbia. Founded in 1869 after the American Civil War by northern missionaries for the education of freedmen and their children, it offers bachelor's and master's degrees. In 2014, it was ranked as the best liberal arts college in South Carolina by Washington Monthly, and in 2018 it was ranked as the seventh-best HBCU in the nation by US News & World Report.
Claflin University is an independent, four-year, co-educational, residential, career-oriented liberal-arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church. With an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students, Claflin has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The University has 117 full-time faculty members with nearly 80 percent holding terminal degrees in their respective fields. Claflin boasts four academic schools encompassing a wide array of disciplines and offers 35 undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees including the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Biotechnology. Claflin's Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College provides an academically rigorous and dynamic learning environment for select high-achieving undergraduate students.
Claflin's athletic teams are the Panthers. It is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the NCAA (Division II). Men's sports include basketball, baseball, tennis, and track and field. Programs for women include basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field.
Claflin has an All-Girl cheerleading team that serves as athletics support and ambassadors of the university.
Claflin graduates who complete the R.O.T.C. program (a cross-enrollment agreement with South Carolina State University) may be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
The university currently has chapters for eight of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.
|Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority||Gamma Nu|
|Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity||Delta Alpha|
|Delta Sigma Theta Sorority||Gamma Chi|
|Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity||Gamma Nu|
|Omega Psi Phi Fraternity||Lambda Sigma|
|Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity||Omicron||?|
|Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority||Theta||?|
|Zeta Phi Beta Sorority||Mu||?|
Gamma Phi Delta, a national Christian fraternity, founded a chapter at Claflin in 2010.
|William Bulkley||1882||One of the first African-Americans in America to receive the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD. from Syracuse University in 1893). He was one of two members of the first graduating college class|||
|Alice Jackson Moorer/ Annie Thortne||1884||Two of the first black women in the world to receive college degrees|||
|Cassandra Maxwell Birney||1928||First black female attorney admitted to the South Carolina Bar|||
|James S. Thomas||1939||First African American Bishop of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church|||
|Florella Fordham||1900||First "trained" African American Nurse in Orangeburg County|||
|James Martin, PhD||First African-American to receive a Ph.D in Biology from the University of South Carolina|||
|James Hodges||1966||First African American to earn a pharmaceutical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina|||
|Ernest Newman||1948||First African-American bishop of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church|||
|William Wilson Cook||1898||Designed Lee Library (1898)
and Tingley Memorial Hall. He went to Washington, D.C.,to become the first black architect in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of the Supervising Architect, planned and administered federal buildings.
|Kebra Moore||1997||Gospel recording artist with MOKEB Entertainment|||
|Uhriel E. Bedoya||2003||Assistant Vice President, International Trade Finance Group, M&T Bank.|||
|Col. Gloria A. Lee||1982||Chief Transportation Branch, United States Army.|||
|Robert Bates||First African- American certified as an architect. He designed Fisk Hall, T. Willard Lewis Chapel and other campus buildings.|||
|Henry N. Tisdale||1965||Eighth president of Claflin University. First African-American to earn a PhD. In mathematics at Dartmouth College.|||
|James K. Davis||1962||Senior Vice President for
Corporate Affairs, Georgia Power Company.
|Roger Kenton Williams.||1936||Educator who taught at psychology departments at North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore|
|Arthur Rose Sr.||1950||Chair of Art Department (1952 - 1973) at Claflin University; the Arthur Rose Museum at the university was named for him|||
|Dr. Gloria Rackley Blackwell||1953||civil rights activist, professor at Clark Atlanta University|||
|Leo Twiggs||1956||Artist and educator at South Carolina State University; the first African American to receive a Doctorate of Arts from the University of Georgia|||
|Cecil J. Williams||1960||American photographer, publisher, author and inventor best known for his photography documenting the civil rights movement in South Carolina|||
|Joseph H. Jefferson||1970||member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 102nd District|||
|Cynthia V. Anderson||1980||Chief Operations Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy|||
|Dr. Lola Kelly-Smalls||2000||Research Scientist|||
|Dr. Leonard Pressley||2002||professor of biology at Claflin University|||
|Dr. Nathaniel Frederick||2002||professor of communication at Claflin University|||
|Bryan Andrew Wilson||2004||Gospel Artist|||
|E. Roger Mitchell||1993||Actor - The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.|||