Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long are online classes?
    Online classes are eight weeks long. Most students take two to three classes at a time. There are two sessions in the Fall and Spring semesters and one compressed Summer session.
  • How long will it take for me to earn my degree?
    Students are required to complete the majority of their general education courses before starting cohort courses in the major. The cohorts are designed so that students can complete their major coursework in three semesters and one summer session. If students enter the program with a two year degree, they typically can complete their bachelor’s degree in 18 months.
  • Am I required to be online at a certain time?
    Classes are asynchronous – you do not have to log on and complete work during a certain time. Most professors will have due dates each week for discussion form posts and assignments.
  • Will I have to come to campus for access to student services?
    You will never be required to come to campus if you are enrolled in Claflin Online, with the exception of our RN-BSN program. Due to the nature of our Nursing curriculum, student are provided with some Saturday intensives for completing the RN-BSN program. Online students have access to virtual support services, the library, the book store, the Writing Center, and all on-campus student services.
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