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About Claflin University

Claflin University is a private, religous school located in the small town setting of Orangeburg, SC, less than an hour from Columbia.

Founded in 1869, the institution currently enrolls around 1,886 students a year, including 1,836 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2019, the total market value of the school endowment was $21,707,470. For each full-time student, Claflin University spends about $22,162.

2021 Admissions Facts About Claflin University

Acceptance rate: 60%

Average GPA: 3.28

Mean ACT score: 17

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Claflin University Acceptance Rate 2019

Claflin University is a slightly difficult school to get accepted to. Around 60 percent of all applicants are admitted to Claflin University each year. Last year, 4,073 students applied to Claflin University and 2,437 were admitted.

The average high school GPA for a student at Claflin University is 3.28 out of 4.0. The mean ACT scores is 17.

Is Claflin University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Claflin University, around 70 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 390 students who started at Claflin University as first-time freshman, 112 graduate within four years.

Around 44 percent of students who started at Claflin University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 28 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $55,000 a year. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $31,747 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Claflin University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Claflin University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

400 Magnolia Street Orangeburg, SC 29115

Campus Setting: Small Town

Claflin University Application Deadline

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Claflin University ACT Scores


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Claflin University is 17. Students with an ACT score of 20 and above have a good chance of getting into Claflin University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 15 and 20 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 15 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

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Claflin University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Claflin University is like? There are approximately 1,886 students enrolled at Claflin University, including 1,836 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 81% percent are from SC and 19% percent of students are from other states.


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