South Carolina State University, a historically black institution, was founded in 1896 as a state land grant college. SCSU has approximately 4,400 students and is consistently among the national leaders in producing African-American students with baccalaureate degrees in biology, business, engineering technology, and computer science/mathematics. Of all higher education institutions in the nation, SCSU ranks 4th in minority degrees granted in Mathematics and 5th in minority degrees granted in Biology. SCSU offers the only undergraduate Nuclear Engineering Program in SC and the only undergraduate Environmental Science Field Station in the nation. SCSU is one of three universities in South Carolina to offer a doctoral program in Educational Administration and one of two schools in the state to offer an accredited master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology. South Carolina State University through its ROTC program has produced the highest number of minority officers in the country. Plans are in place to achieve a goal of serving a student body of 8,000 students. Four apartment-style housing buildings were opened in 2006 which are part of a 771-bed, $39 million complex that is scheduled to be complete in 2007.
The Southern Methodist Church established the College as a Bible college to provide a distinctively Christian post-secondary education in 1939. Southern Methodist College moved to Orangeburg in 1961. SMC offers a Bachelor of Arts in Bible. The evening division offers a major in Christian Leadership and Ethics and is an option for adults who work and/or have family responsibilities. Southern Methodist College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College was established in 1968 as a center for technical education and has progressed into a two-year college, preparing students for workplace or to earn an associate’s degree, diploma or certificate in over 50 programs. Through its University Transfer Program, students may earn college credits that can be transferred to a four-year institution. OCtech’s Continuing Education Division delivers specialized training for local industries and develops trained staff for new businesses. The Center for Accelerated Technology Training serves local industry and is an important component in the region’s economic development. OCtech has approximately 2,500 students has experienced 40% growth since 1999. In 2006, the $4.8 million, 27,000 sq. ft. Mathematics and Science Building opened and the $5.2 million, 37,000 sq. ft. Student and Community Life Building was completed in 2004.
Founded in 1869, Claflin University is a historically black liberal arts university with an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students. U.S. News & World Report rated Claflin University in the Top Ten for the fifth consecutive year among comprehensive colleges in the South and was ranked as #1 “Best Value” for the third consecutive year in 2006. Claflin University is home to the only biotechnology center among HBCU institutions and hosts an FBI forensic on-campus research program. The university’s Honors College and Freshman College are nationally recognized. Claflin University features a 14-1 student-faculty ratio. A new Claflin University Chapel and Legacy Plaza are scheduled for completion in 2007. The Arthur Rose Museum and several other buildings on the campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.