Benedict College

Benedict College is a place where “be a power for good in society” is more than a slogan—it characterizes a commitment to quality and continuous improvement of the college and its surrounding community.

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, co-educational liberal arts institution. Benedict College was recently ranked for the third consecutive year one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly for creating social mobility among low-income students, producing cutting edge scholarship and research. In 2011, Benedict received the National Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center. Benedict is recognized for encouraging students to give back to the community which is the heart of the college’s vision and mission.

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Benedict was named one of the top 100 institutions in the nation graduating African American scholars by Diverse Magazine. Dr. David Holmes Swinton is the thirteenth president of Benedict College. Since Dr. Swinton’s appointment in 1994, the college has experienced a dramatic increase in its enrollment, particularly among male students. As a result of this tremendous growth, Benedict has the second largest undergraduate population of the 20 private institutions in South Carolina, and has become the third largest college in UNCF's network of colleges and universities. Benedict has more than 16,000 alumni throughout South Carolina and the United States. The college has been “a power for good” in the community since 1870 and is a major economic contributor to the region and South Carolina.

Benedict College Facts

  • Benedict College over the last 20 years added an average of 312 college graduates to the United States each year 
  • Total of 319 seniors graduated from Benedict College in 2016-2017 academic year
  • Benedict College offers 33 academic degrees
  • Benedict College has a 27 percent six-year graduation rate
  • Take a virtual tour of the campus!

News and Events

Benedict College One of 12 UNCF-member HBCUs Selected to Participate in Walmart Foundation Grant Program

The $500,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will provide funding and technical assistance to selected UNCF-member institutions. This grant will help these institutions with accreditation efforts and support a summer professional development conference geared toward institutional advancement. >> Read More 

Because of how Benedict contributed to my success in life, my career goal is to become a professor so that I can ensure that forthcoming generations of students become powers for good in our society.

Dr. Antonio Ellis

Dr. Antonio Ellis Class of 2004, adjunct professor of educational foundations at the College of Charleston

Benedict College Staff