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

Claflin University Receives Unprecedented $20 Million Investment

Dec 16, 2020

The largest gift in school history will support student success and retention, sustainability, community workforce and economic development

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (December 16, 2020) – Claflin University has received a game-changing $20 million investment, the largest in school history, from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott. The gift will accelerate Claflin’s mission to develop visionary leaders that advance social change regionally, nationally and globally. 

The historic donation will be used to bolster Claflin’s teaching and learning; expand access to scholarships; increase the endowment to foster long-term sustainability; and support workforce and economic development throughout the Orangeburg community. As the campus lays the foundation for a capital campaign to drive infrastructure improvements, including a state-of-the-art student center, this gift will be a cornerstone in building a cutting-edge living and learning community. 

“We are grateful to Ms. Scott for her generous recognition of Claflin’s exemplary leadership and record of innovation in producing stellar academic outcomes,” said Claflin University President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack. “This gift will have an immediate, transformational impact, not only on the university but on the greater Orangeburg, South Carolina community and the state. We are also inspired by the long-term impact it will have in preparing students to champion and shape the nation and world we all need – one that is more just, fair and equitable.”

Founded in 1869, Claflin University was the first HBCU established in the state of South Carolina and was the first institution of higher education to admit all students regardless of gender, ethnic origin, race, or religion. Located in Orangeburg, 50 miles southeast of Columbia, the state capital, Claflin University’s rigorous, student-focused academic programs and top-tier faculty have earned it a Top 10 HBCU ranking in U.S. News & World Report for 10 consecutive years. It is also ranked a Best National Liberal Arts Institution and is No. 1 among HBCUs for annual alumni giving at approximately 40%, which is more than six times the national average.  

Claflin University’s legacy of excellence has produced a number of distinguished academic scholarship recipients, including a J. William Fulbright Scholar, a General George C. Marshall Scholar, a Harry S.Truman Scholar and, in 2019, a Luard Morse Scholar. 

The gift to Claflin is part of a larger $4.2 billion gift to 384 mission-driven institutions selected because of their “strong leadership teams and results,” according to Scott’s announcement via Medium.

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