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At a Glance

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, co-educational liberal arts institution located in Columbia, SC and currently has over 2,470 students enrolled in baccalaureate degree programs. Benedict College was recently ranked for the six consecutive year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) as 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. Benedict has been recognized by the National Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center for encouraging students to give back to the community which is the heart of the College’s vision and mission.  Benedict College earned four President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Awards from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency charged with improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS is responsible for leading President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative. President Obama personally thanked Benedict College for its commitment to volunteerism during a nationally televised White House Town Hall Meeting held on Benedict’s campus on March 6, 2015.

Benedict also was named one of the top 100 institutions in the nation graduating African-American scholars in 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 The College Fund/UNCF network. Benedict has over 17,000 alumni throughout South Carolina and the United States. The College has been “a power for good” in the community for over 146 years and is a major economic contributor to the region and South Carolina, with a local annual economic impact of over $106.7 million.

Marks of Excellence

National Academic Accreditations:

  • The School of Business and Economics is accredited by The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ASBSP).
  • The Benedict College School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Benedict College Social Work Program was the 1st HBCU social work program in South Carolina to be nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • The Recreation and Leisure Services Program is accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).
  • The Fine Arts Program is accredited by the National Association of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Benedict College is the 2nd HBCU in the nation and the 1st in South Carolina to receive national accreditation for its Environmental Health Program by the Environmental Health Accreditation Council (EHAC).
  • The Child Development Center serves over 70 children and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Benedict College is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Benedict College.

National Rankings:

  • Benedict College was one of the 48 colleges competing in Los Angeles for the 2016 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship. Benedict made it to the Elite Top 8 and as a 2016 Quarter Finalist, Benedict received $10,000.
  • Benedict College was ranked 1 of the top 10 colleges in the nation in producing African Americans with an undergraduate Physics degree, as reported by the Education and Employment Statistic Division of the American Institute of Physics.
  • The Benedict College Debate Team won 1st Place at the National Association of African-Americans Honors Program Conference, October 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
  • In 2015, EdSmart.org  ranked Benedict College one of the Top 20 HBCUs based on Alumni starting salaries. The report shows potential students the best Black Colleges based on how much they can expect to earn after graduation.
  • The Benedict College pioneering Service Learning Program is a national model program and serves over 114 non-profit organizations around the SC Midlands. The program is the winner of the 6th Annual Commission on Higher Education’s Service Learning Competition.
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Benedict College for four consecutive years with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America's communities.

Community Development:

  • The Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation was established to acquire, rehabilitate, resell or lease sub-standard housing and remove blight from surrounding College neighborhoods.
  • The Business Development Center (BDC) was opened with the goal to educate and produce minority entrepreneurs. The BDC offers a Revolving Loan Fund to new businesses.
  • The Benedict College Business Development Center has partnered with the FDIC to create and implement a Money Smart program that teaches the community and students how to understand credit, personal budgets and assesses the cost and benefits of consumer and home loans.
  • In 2012, the Benedict College’s Trio Program received $3.4 million through 2017.

Faculty Population:

Benedict has a very diverse faculty of which 80% are full-time faculty and 20% are part-time faculty with 60% holding a PhD or equivalent.

New Student Population:

In State - 53 %
Out of State - 44%
International - 3%
District of Columbia - 2.8%

Top Five States for New Students:

South Carolina
Georgia
North Carolina
New Jersey
District of Columbia

Graduation Highlights:

  • 149 seniors graduates during the Winter 2015 Commencement
  • 237 seniors graduated during the Spring 2016 Commencement
    Total of 389 seniors graduated from Benedict College in 2015-16 Academic year

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