HBCUs in South Carolina: The Best Online Degree Programs at HBCUs

Best Online Degree Programs at HBCUs in South Carolina

At Best Online HBCUs, we provide comprehensive, unbiased information of the best online undergraduate and graduate degree programs at HBCUs across the United States and HBCUs in South Carolina. South Carolina has 67 degree-granting institutions. The state is home to 13 public, 4-year institutions, 20 public, 2-year institutions, 22 private non-profit, 4-year institutions, one private non-profit, 2-year institution, four private for-profit, 4-year institutions, and 7 private for-profit, 2-year institutions. There were 213,787 undergraduate students enrolled in associate's and bachelor's degrees, and 26,746 students enrolled in master's and doctoral degrees in fall 2018.

Of the 67 institutions, 8 are HBCUs. These 8 institutions enrolled 9,924 students: 9,195 in undergraduate programs and 729 in graduate programs. All of the South Carolina HBCUs are listed below. Take your time to discover more about each institution and what they can offer for your career objectives. Since we are focused on distance education, we have provided more details about the best online degree programs at those institutions.

Allen University

Online Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science – Human Services

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Allen University was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in 1870. The University has a distinguished history, rich in the tradition of promoting spiritual growth and training men and women to become productive leaders in an ever- changing society. Manifesting the dream of Daniel Alexander Payne, an apostle of black education in the United States, Allen University educated men and women for stellar leadership and service.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

698

 Undergraduate Enrollments

45

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Benedict College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Benedict College

Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution.

Benedict College, originally Benedict Institute, was founded 148 years ago under the auspices of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. As Benedict’s first philanthropist, Mrs. 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.”

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

2,165

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Claflin University

Online Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Claflin University (1869), one of eight HBCUs in South Carolina, was founded and named in honor of Lee Claflin, a prominent Methodist layman from Boston, and his son William Claflin, then governor of Massachusetts. With “the only admission requirements for prospective students being the possession of good moral character and a conscientious desire to learn,” Claflin University offered, for the first time in South Carolina, quality higher education for men and women “regardless of race, complexion, or religious opinion.”

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

2,080

 Undergraduate Enrollments

92

Graduate Enrollments

103

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

55

Online Graduate Enrollments

Clinton College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Clinton College

Clinton College was one of many schools established by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church during Reconstruction years, to help eradicate illiteracy among freedmen. The College has operated continuously for 120 years. In 1894, Presiding Elder Nero A. Crockett and Rev. W.M. Robinson founded Clinton Institute and named it for Bishop Caleb Isom Clinton, the Palmetto Conference presiding bishop at the time.

Incorporated as Clinton Normal and Industrial Institute on June 22, 1909, the school was authorized to grant state teacher certificates.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

193

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Denmark Technical College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Denmark Technical College

We are a public, historically black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina.

The General Assembly of the State of South Carolina authorized the establishment of Denmark Technical College, one of eight HBCUs in South Carolina, in 1947 and the College began operation on March 1, 1948, as the Denmark Branch of the South Carolina Trade School System. At its inception, the institution functioned under the authority of the South Carolina Department of Education and was mandated to educate black citizens in various trades.

Public, 2-Year

Sector

489

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

85

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Morris College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Morris College

Under authorization granted by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina in 1906, Morris College was established in 1908 “for the Christian and Intellectual Training of Negro youth.” This action signaled the beginning of a heroic venture in higher education by a group of men and women less than a half-century removed from the blight of American slavery. The majority of these “founding fathers” were poor and without any formal learning, but they possessed an “unfaltering faith in God and a zeal to provide for others the educational opportunities they themselves were denied.”

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

649

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

South Carolina State University

Online Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Public Administration

Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration

Founded in 1896 as the state’s sole public college for black youth, South Carolina State University, one of eight HBCUs in South Carolina, has played a key role in the education of African-Americans in the state and nation. As a land-grant institution, it struggled to provide agricultural and mechanical training to generations of black youngsters. Through its extension program, it sent farm and home demonstration agents into rural counties to provide knowledge and information to impoverished black farm families.

Public, 4-Year

Sector

2,430

 Undergraduate Enrollments

592

Graduate Enrollments

32

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

90

Online Graduate Enrollments

Voorhees College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Voorhees College

Inspiration, determination, imagination, faith. All four have been pillar principles in Voorhees College‘s century-long history of changing minds and changing lives.

That history started with Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, who at 23 was only a little older than today’s Voorhees students when she came to Bamberg County. A native of Georgia, Wright had found her inspiration while studying at Booker T. Washington’s famed Tuskegee Institute. She said time at Tuskegee gave her a mission in life: being “the same type of woman as Mr. Washington was of a man.” Knowing the importance of education, she moved to Denmark and started the first of several schools in the rural area She survived threats, attacks and arson.

Wright went back to Tuskegee to finish her degree before returning to South Carolina to try again. Undeterred and envisioning a better future for blacks through education, she founded Denmark Industrial School in 1897, modeling it after Tuskegee.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

491

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

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