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Claflin University

Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.

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Claflin seeks to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership. In its undergraduate programs, Claflin provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education. Emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research and oral and written communication skills, the university invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society. Claflin’s graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced students to increase their specialization in particular fields of study oriented toward professional enhancement and academic growth. Its continuing education programs provide students with expanded avenues for professional development and personal fulfillment.


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On Thursday, January 23, the Claflin University chapter of the NAACP hosted CNN political commentator and NPR political analyst Angela Rye as she recorded a live taping of her podcast, On One with Angela Rye. This episode of the podcast featured Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election. Students and community members were able to engage with Rye and Buttigieg during the event, asking questions about education reform, students with disabilities and more. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Claflin Staff and Notables


Every decision is made with the expectation that it's excellence or nothing. Anything less than excellence is not an option.

Dr. Leonard Pressley, Jr. Professor, Biology and Physical Therapy; Claflin Alumnus