Benedict College is an historically black liberal arts institution located in Columbia, South Carolina. The college was founded in 1870 by the Baptist Home Mission. Its purpose then was to provide educational opportunities for former slaves. Today the private coeducational institution enrolls 3,100 students.
The college’s mission today is to prepare its students to be “powers for good in society.” Diverse Magazine recently named Benedict College as one of the top 100 colleges in the nation in graduating African American scholars. It is among the top 10% in the country granting degrees in biomedical sciences. Benedict’s 100 acre main campus is located in the heart of Columbia, at the corner of Harden and Taylor Streets. There is a new campus off Two Notch Road in the northeast part of the city which will house a new athletic complex.
Benedict College confers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in thirty areas of study. Degree programs and majors are found within the School of Business and Economics, the School of Education, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science, and the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. There is also a School of Continuing Education, which offers a major in interdisciplinary studies.
A variety of student activities are available on campus including student government, clubs and service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and Army ROTC. Students may audition for the award winning gospel choir or the Marching Tiger Band of Distinction. The band participates in parades and events as well as providing half time entertainment at football games. Benedict College also has its own broadcast center on campus, BCTV. The college offers on campus housing to students in traditional residence halls and apartments.
The Benedict College Tigers play NCAA Division II sports as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Men’s sports offered include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and track and field. Women may participate in basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The school has very successful men’s and women’s basketball programs. The men have been conference champions twice in the last decade, and women’s basketball teams have been conference champions in 2003-04, 2006-07, and 2009-10. The college’s athletic facilities include the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium for football games and the HRC Arena, where basketball games and volleyball matches are held. The east campus will be the site of some new sports facilities including a Health and Wellness Center.
Benedict College will hold its Spring Open House for prospective students on April 14 from 9am-noon, followed by a Spring Football Game at 2pm. Contact the college for further information. Benedict College is located at 1600 Harden Street.