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

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Claflin University Among Best Colleges

Sep 12, 2022
Claflin University has been ranked No. 9 among the 2022-2023 Best Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) by U.S. News & World Report. Claflin has earned a spot in the U.S. News Top 10 Best HBCUs for 12 consecutive years. The University is ranked No. 1 in Annual Alumni Giving Percentage among HBCUs andNo. 20 in the Top Performers on Social Mobility category among national liberal arts colleges/universities.
Now in its 38th year, the rankings evaluate more than 1,450 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality.
"We are tremendously pleased with our rise in the US News and World Report's national ranking of the Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Claflin President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack. "We are also extremely elated that this prestigious publication has consistently acknowledged our numerous accomplishments and achievements. Our success is a testament to the collective contributions of University administrators, faculty and staff, students, leal and loyal alumni, and other supporters. Our ranking in the social mobility category is confirmation that a Claflin degree transforms lives and expands career opportunities."
Claflin is among the colleges that are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of students awarded Pell Grants.
U.S. News and World Report publishes the Best Colleges rankings each year to provide prospective students and their families with helpful data and information on factors such as graduation rates, social mobility, and graduate indebtedness.
"For nearly 40 years, the Best Colleges methodology has continuously evolved to reflect changes in the higher education landscape and the interests of prospective students," said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News and World Report. "Guiding that evolution is U.S. News' mission of providing useful data and information to help with one of life's biggest decisions."
Prospective students can see how Claflin University compares to other institutions and how the rankings are calculated on
Founded in 1869, Claflin University is recognized by national publications such as U.S. News and World Report, and Washington Monthly as one of America’s best liberal arts colleges. The University proudly serves the state of South Carolina, the nation and the world.
Its beautiful historic campus is home to approximately 2,000 students from every region of the United States and more than 10 international countries. Claflin students demonstrate extraordinary achievement, distinctive confidence, and a lifelong desire to transform society through the Elevation and Transformation of visionary leaders. Claflin University's academic programs prepare students to compete and succeed in a global and technological society.
About U.S. News & World Report
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