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Claflin University is a nationally ranked 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. 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, 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.
At the center of everything we do is a system of values informing and guiding all policies and programs. These values, expressed through our decisions and actions, are defined by five overarching guiding principles:
Commitment to Excellence
Through doing things better and differently.
Commitment to Valuing People
By providing a safe, wholesome and healthy environment for our people to live, learn and work.
Commitment to Being Customer Focused
Ensuring that everyone knows who the customer is, and takes steps to show it.
Commitment to Exemplary Educational Programs
By educating our students in a way to help them have a full, quality life and function as productive citizens.
Commitment to Financial Accountability
By putting in place sound and effective fiscal policies which are consistent with the mission and goals of the university.