1. Claflin University is located in Orangeburg, S.C. which is approximately 30 miles from Columbia, S.C.; 75 miles from Charleston, S.C.; 150 miles from Charlotte, N.C.; and 225 miles from Atlanta, Ga.

2. Founded in 1869 and affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Claflin is also the first historically black college or university established in the state of South Carolina.

3. In 1999, the Claflin College Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to restore the institution to its original historic name, Claflin University. It had changed from Claflin University to Claflin College in 1979.

HBCU of the Week: Claflin College photo
Founded in 1869, Claflin University is the oldest historically black college or university in South Carolina. It is also the first college in the state to welcome all students regardless of race or gender.

5. Claflin made history in 2013 when it achieved a record 52.2 percent in annual alumni giving rate – first among historically black colleges and universities.  Claflin remains No.1 HBCU in annual alumni giving percentage and ranks among the best in the nation among all colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report.