University Description

Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution with over 1,700 students enrolled in its 26 baccalaureate degree programs and 2 masters degree program. Defying trends, Benedict College maintains a nearly equal male and female student population. This Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world.. Read More

University History

Benedict College, originally Benedict Institute, was founded in 1870 under the auspices of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. As Benedict’s first philanthropist, Mrs. Bathsheba Benedict of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, provided $13,000 towards the purchase of an 80-acre plantation near Columbia, South Carolina as the site for a new school for the recently freed people of African descent. Benedict Institute, operating in a former slave master’s mansion, was established, in the words of its founder to prepare men and women to be a “power for good in society.”
Graduation Rate: 29.09% Acceptance Rate: 86% Student Faculty Ratio: 18:1 School Setting: urban Notable Alumni: Chino Smith,Modjeska Monteith Simkins,Harold A. Stevens,Jack B. Johnson,LeRoy T. Walker,Waliyy Dixon,Kris Bruton,Bennie Lewis,James Maxie Ponder,Charles L. Purce,Mary Rice Phelps

Academic Programs

  • General Business Administration and Management
  • Accounting
  • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Electrical
  • Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • General Biology
  • General Business Administration and Management
  • General Chemistry
  • General Computer and Information Sciences
  • General English Language and Literature
  • General Marketing and Marketing Management
  • General Mathematics
  • General Music
  • General Physics
  • General Political Science and Government
  • General Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sport and Fitness Administration
  • General Computer Science
  • General History
  • Information Science
  • Mass Communication
  • Other Business Administration
  • Management and Operations
  • General Music Performance
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Health
  • General Computer Engineering
  • General Economics
  • General Fine and Studio Arts
  • General Public Health
  • Music Technology
  • Other Chemistry
  • Other Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies
  • Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Other Physical Sciences
  • Other Physics
  • Other Public Health
  • Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Sports Communication
  • Therapeutic Recreational Therapy
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Transportation and Transportation Management
  • Voice and Opera
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • General Biology
  • General Business Administration and Management
  • General Computer and Information Sciences
  • General Physics
  • Social Work
  • Accounting
  • General History
  • General Mathematics
  • Other Physics
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
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Sports Offered

  • Baseball (M)
  • Softball (W)
  • Basketball (M)
  • Basketball (W)
  • Cross Country (M)
  • Cross Country (W)
  • Tennis (M)
  • Tennis (W)
  • Volleyball (M)
  • Volleyball (W)
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Greek Life

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity
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