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


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Intensive English Language Program student group

Conditional Admission

Upon completing the IELP (Intensive English Language Program), students receive provisional admission into their major field of study at Claflin.

No TOEFL Requirements

After completing the IELP, students can move on to Claflin’s full-time academic program without taking the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language). TOEFL scores are not required for IELP admission.

Fast Oral English Improvement

The IELP focuses on improving students’ confidence and English pronunciation, two key steps to rapid English improvement. Students learn and practice their English in a range of formal and informal contexts, not just in the classroom!

Customized Individual Tutoring

IELP professors provide each IELP student with weekly individual tutoring. This plays a platform to recognize his or her weaknesses and strengths for their English proficiency, and help them be fluent English speakers.

Extensive Support Networks

Because studying in a new country can be challenging and stressful experience, our program offers many resources to help ESL and EFL students overcome a range of cultural and linguistic obstacles. Claflin’s faculty, staff, and students are friendly and helpful, and the IELP director personally tracks and supports each student’s social and linguistic progress.

Convenient On-Campus Facilities

All IELP students have access to Claflin University campus facilities, which include computer labs, a student union, a fitness center, a library, a health center, and tutoring services.

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