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 Earns Third Place in U.S. News and World Report Ranking of HBCUs with Highest Four-Year Graduation Rates

Mar 03, 2022

Claflin University Earns Third Place in U.S. News and World Report  Ranking of HBCUs with Highest Four-Year Graduation Rates

Most colleges and University administrators covet high graduation rates and view them as indicators that help determine the value and worth of their academic programs. Graduation rates may also influence the decisions prospective students make about what colleges or universities are the best investments of their time and resources.

Claflin University’s commitment to academic excellence and lowering student debt was reaffirmed by a U.S. News and World Report Short List ranking that listed Claflin third among 10 HBCUs with the highest four-year graduation rates among first-time, full-time students who started in fall 2014.

“This is by far the most powerful and impactful of our impressive rankings,” Claflin President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack said. “This ranking is consistent with our Value Proposition that includes providing affordable and exceptional educational experiences while maintaining higher student retention rates and shorter time for degree completion than the national average. This is what matters most to our students, parents, and stakeholders.”

According to U.S. News, The Short List is separate from the publication's overall rankings. It is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas.

U.S. News surveyed more than 1,850 colleges and universities for its 2021 survey of undergraduate programs. These schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas. U.S. News also stated that this data is the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind.

U.S. News and World Report previously ranked Claflin in the “Top 10” on its list of the Best Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) for the 11th consecutive year.

Claflin is the only HBCU in South Carolina ranked in the “Top 10” of both categories.

The prestigious publication also ranked Claflin seventh in the Best Regional Colleges in the South category and third among the Top Performers on Social Mobility for Regional Colleges in the South. 


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