Armed with a spectacular history in educating and a mission in preparing students to be “powers for good” in society, Benedict College continues to make its mark in the fields of teaching, research and service. It is a private, co-educational liberal arts institution located at Columbia, South Carolina. It has the largest number of undergraduate students among the 20 independent colleges in the state. It has been continuously working for the empowerment of African-Americans in American society.
The story of Benedict College started when a 90-acre plantation was converted into the Benedict Institute by Bathsheba Benedict in 1870. She was a Rhode Island native who worked with the Baptist Home Mission. Its present campus is beautiful and park-like, housing numerous educational facilities, most of which have undergone substantial renovation works.
Four-year, liberal arts degree are offered in 30 different disciplines including accounting, art, biology, business administration, child and family development and many others. The college’s Center of Excellence for Community Development offers four programs designed to find solutions to problems distinct to African-American in particular. Benedict College’s academic offerings are given through its 6 schools plus special programming and units.
Semestral tuition costs $ 6,964.00 with additional fees of $ 831.00. Average room and board cost $ 3,586.00. Part-time students or those with less than 12 credit hours are charged $ 467.00 per credit hour. As an evidence of its holistic approach to education, Benedict College is the home of the award-winning Benedict College Gospel Choir, the champion teams of Honors Debate, Basketball and Cross country and a nationally-accredited Environmental Health Science program. By 2012, Benedict College hopes to be the best open enrollment Historically Black College in the nation.
For more information about admissions or online learning opportunities, such as online classes or distance learning programs, please contact Benedict College.