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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WhY Choose Claflin?

Year after year, U.S. News and World Report has named Claflin among the top ten HBCUs in the nation. With a strong focus on innovation, leadership and student success, Claflin is synonymous with outstanding preparation for 21st century careers or advanced studies. And we emphasize value by keeping our tuition as affordable as possible and helping students unearth every option for financial aid.

Next Steps

Ready to join us? In order to secure your place at Claflin, you'll need to do a few things now:

  • Login to My Claflin , Pay your enrollment fees online (you will need your Claflin ID and PIN from your letter of acceptance)
  • Read through materials and communications from Claflin
  • Sign up for Early Registration and attend Orientation
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Be on the lookout for information from Claflin University's Freshman College, which will include details about orientation, early registration dates and more.

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Points of Pride

  • For eight consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Claflin University among the Top 10 HBCUs. 
  • Claflin University is also one of only four South Carolina universities/colleges and one of only four HBCUs ranked by U.S. News and World Report as being the “Best National Liberal Arts Institutions."
  • Claflin’s were the first doors of higher education opened to African-Americans in the state of South Carolina.
  • Claflin University maintains a strong regional and national academic reputation as well as a thriving alumni network that help connect students with jobs after graduation.
  • We maintain a 14:1 student-teacher ratio to give every student the attention they deserve.
  • We have a close-knit community that’s often described as a family.


If you're not from the area, you may not know a lot about Orangeburg. It's a thriving community with award-winning gardens, a museum and planetarium, and local festivals. Orangeburg is a recipient of the All-America City Award, which recognizes cities that foster inclusive civic engagment and connections between residents.  Our students love our downtown location and the proximity of great local shops and restaurants.

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Throughout history, Claflin University graduates have been trailblazers, innovators, and groundbreakers. You are the future history makers of Claflin.
-Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Keynote Speaker for 2021 Commencement 


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