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Nearly 150 years ago, Claflin broke down barriers in higher education, making it the first South Carolina university open to all regardless of race. Today, Claflin continues to welcome exemplary students of all races and genders who demonstrate a passion to change not only their own circumstances, but to change the world as well.

We believe that most leaders are made, not born. Furthermore, we believe that students with passion, integrity and a willingness to work hard have an innate capacity to become visionary leaders. As a Claflin student, you be challenged to realize your full potential, leaving here with an unparalleled education that will serve you well in graduate school, in a career – and in life.

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Jessica D. Tolbert

Nov 9, 2016, 08:07 AM
Being a part of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College was a blessing that I knew would allow me the opportunity to deepen my love for learning and provide an abundance of other opportunities that only Claflin could provide.
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Since arriving to Claflin Jessica has interned in New York City, completed rigorous science courses, held leadership roles in various student organizations and made an impact on campus as a skilled photographer. "Much of my life I believed that I was not "smart enough" to learn science. However, the staff and faculty of Claflin University have seen to it that I thrive in my major," stated Jessica.

Jessica continues to thrive in the classroom while studying, completing freelance photography projects, and participating in student life activities.


Chattanooga, TN

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Extracurricular Activities

  • Track and Field Manager
  • Executive Assistant to the SGA President
  • Freelance Photographer

Future Career Plans

Jessica plans to complete her graduate school degree and continue writing and illustrating children's books.

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