Special Programs & Opportunities

Our relentless pursuit of excellence compels us to create and deliver comprehensive programs and resources to help you realize your full potential.

First Year Experience

First Year Experience (FYE) is an academic program that welcomes you to Claflin and helps you make the most of your undergraduate experience. FYE encompasses academic advising, community-building activities, assemblies and introduction to a range of academic resources to help you succeed in your college career.

Honors College

The Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College is a prestigious college within Claflin University that offers an academically rigorous learning environment for high-achieving continuing students and first-year students who arrive at Claflin clearly prepared for success in their college-level work. The Honors College enables Claflin to confer special recognition upon this group of exceptional students who consistently stand out among their peers in terms of academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and service to the community.


Claflin’s Center for Social Justice embodies a number of Claflin’s guiding principles, most importantly Commitment to Valuing People. At Claflin we value people by providing a safe, wholesome and healthy environment that fosters mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion.

Claflin’s Center for Social Justice

Panther STEPS (Students in Transition Engaged and Preparing for Success)

Required for first-year students, Claflin University’s groundbreaking Panther STEPS (Students in Transition Engaged and Preparing for Success) program helps you transition to college by providing the essential foundations of a liberal arts education. You will gain competency and confidence in the fundamental skills of scholarship and be introduced to the techniques of critical and analytical thinking. At the same time, Panther STEPS looks to foster a learning community where the requisite skills for engaged leaning are first identified, articulated, nurtured and developed.

Summer Programs

Claflin operates one six-week summer session. The maximum academic load is 9 semester credit hours; however, exceptions are made for students enrolled in a four-hour course. Summer term grades are calculated on the same basis as those issued during regular sessions of the institution. In addition, the AP Summer Institute is an intensive five-day professional development session offered at Claflin. Facilitated by College-Board endorsed instructors, the AP Summer Institute helps teachers enhance teaching skills and content knowledge.

academic advising

Academic Advising at Claflin University is offered to support your academic progress toward earning your college degree. Your academic advisor will help guide your educational decisions about your academic and career goals through frequent contact during your matriculation at Claflin.

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