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

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a project that is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965. TRIO SSS has been providing services to Claflin University students since 1970.


TRIO SSS is designed to assist first generation, income qualified, and/or students with disabilities with the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The goal of the program is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its participants.

TRIO SSS students have high retention rates, meaning that they are more likely to complete their academic programs. The extra support students receive through SSS helps them become more successful in achieving their academic goal.

How To Apply

Information and applications may be picked up at the TRIO SSS Office located in Corson Hall - Suite 121. Applications may also be downloaded from this website. After an application is received and eligibility is determined, notification of acceptance status will be sent through written communication.


Any student who has been accepted for enrollment or who is currently enrolled at the institution is invited to apply.

Federal regulations require that to participate in TRIO Student Support Services, a student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, demonstrate a need for academic assistance, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student (means that neither custodial parent/guardian has graduated from a four-year institution at the time of student’s enrollment) and/or
  • Income qualified student (family meets income guidelines as mandated by the U.S. Department of Education) and/or
  • College student with a documented disability

How to Apply

  • Student Application
  • Print and complete the application
  • Mail the application to:

    TRIO Student Support Services
    Claflin University
    Corson Hall - Suite 121
    400 Magnolia Street
    Orangeburg, SC 29115
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