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Motto A Power for Good in Society
Established 1870
Type Private,Baptist Church
President Dr. David H. Swinton
Faculty 110 acre
Students 2,500
Location Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Colors Purple and Gold
Nickname BC Tigers
Mascot Tiger
Website benedict.edu

Benedict College is an historically African-American liberal arts college located in Columbia, South Carolina. Founded in 1870 by northern Baptists, it was originally a teacher's college. It has since expanded into a four-year college. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Not to be confused with Violet (color). ... General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Standard atomic weight 196. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1758) Historical distribution of tigers (pale yellow) and 2006 (green). ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... In the United States, Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... Nickname: Location of Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina Coordinates: , Government  - Mayor Bob Coble, (D) Area  - City 346. ...



Benedict College was founded in 1870 on an 110-acre plantation in Columbia, South Carolina. Under the auspices of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, Mrs. Bathsheba A. Benedict of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, provided the amount of $13,000.00 to purchase the land to open Benedict Institute on December 12, 1870. This new school was established for the recently emancipated peo­ple of African descent.

Benedict's first class consisted of ten recently emancipated people of African descent and one teacher, the Reverend Timothy L. Dodge, D.D. He was a college-trained preacher from the North, who became president of the Institute. Benedict Institute set out from humble beginnings in a dilapadated former slave master's mansion to prepare men and women to be "powers for good in society." The dilapadated mansion, built in 1839, served as the first schoolhouse where grammar school subjects, along with Bible and theology, were taught. Eventually other subjects were added to the curriculum to address the original objective of the school: to train teachers and preachers.

On November 2, 1894, the institution was chartered as a liberal arts college by the South Carolina Legislature and the name "Benedict Institute" was changed to "Benedict College."

From 1870 to 1930, Benedict College was led by seven northern white Baptist ministers, all college trained. On April 10, 1930, the Reverend John J. Starks, who earned his bachelor's degree from the College in 1891, became the first African American president of the College. Five African-American presidents have succeeded him.

Maintaining a liberal arts tradition, Benedict College now offers bachelor degree programs in twenty-nine major areas of study to meet the needs of a complex and technological society at home and world-wide as the twenty-first century sets new parameters for peoples across the universe.

In 1994 with a strategic planning process in place, Benedict College set an enrollment goal of "2000 by the year 2000". The goal was achieved in 1996 with an enrollment of 2,138 students. The fall 2002 enrollment was 3,005. Benedict College is engaged in an on-going strategic planning process, which will guide the College in the twenty-first century.

The College is currently implementing a $50 million campus improvement plan, which includes land acquisition and the completion of a comprehensive athletics complex. Campus facilities improvements over the past nine years have included installation of air-conditioning, fire sprinkler systems, and secu­rity systems in residence halls; completion of an activities field and community park; renovation of his­toric Antisdel Chapel, Bacoats and Alumni Halls, and restoration of historic Morgan, Pratt, and Starks Halls, including the Student Leadership Development Center. During this period, new construction has included three residence halls, a parking garage, a campus center/dining hall, an Administration Building, and a Business Development Center. Additionally buildings were acquired to house a fitness center, and the Division of Community Development/Center for Excellence. Three apartment complexes have been purchased for student housing. As a part of the College's community development thrust, more than 50 dilapidated properties in the adjacent community have been renovated.


Benedict College, is a fully accredited institution, is a Historically Black College located in Columbia, SC which is adjacent to Allen University, offers 29 degrees [1] from 12 departments [2]. In addition to offering traditional education, the college also offers continuing education for those "non traditional students". In the United States, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (a type of Minority Serving Institution or MSI) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African-American community. ... Allen University was founded in 1870 as Payne Institute, dedicated to providing education to freed African-American slaves. ...


Benedict College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award baccalaureate degrees.

The College's Teacher Education Program is fully approved by the South Carolina Department of Education.

The Program in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The Environmental Health Science Program is fully accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).

Documents describing accreditation may be reviewed upon request in the President's Office or the Office of Academic Affairs...


The Benedict College athletics department offers football, Men and Women's basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, golf, handball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, and marching band. The college has come under criticism for building a new stadium in the midst of its financial crisis. Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Softball is a team sport, in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (or rarely, 16 inches) (28 to 30. ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... The Minnesota State High school Cross Country Meet A cross country race in Seaside, Oregon. ... This article is about the sport. ... American (or court) handball, usually referred to simply as handball, is an American form of fives played against one or more walls. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows, New York Tennis is a game played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players (doubles). ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... An American college marching band on the field (University of Texas) A marching band is a group of instrumental musicians who generally perform outdoors, and who incorporate movement â€“ usually some type of marching â€“ with their musical performance. ...

Notable Alumni

Wlliam Clay, former Missouri U.S. Congressman Jack B. Johnson Jack B. Johnson (b. ... Prince Georges County is a suburban county located in the state of Maryland immediately east of Washington, D.C.. It is notable as the wealthiest majority-African-American county in the country. ...

Leroy Walker. former U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman

Howie Bell, Comedian

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Benedict College was founded in 1870 on an 80-acre plantation in Columbia, South Carolina.
Benedict Institute set out from humble beginnings in a dilapidated former slave master's mansion to prepare men and women to be "powers for good in society." Eventually other subjects were added to the curriculum to address the original objective of the school: to train teachers and preachers.
From 1870 to 1930, Benedict College was led by seven northern white Baptist ministers, all college trained.
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Founded in 1870, Benedict College is the largest private college in South Carolina, serving 3,000 students and employing 500 faculty and staff.
College faculty and staff use GroupWise for e-mail, and to efficiently manage calendars and schedules.
With a secure college portal for easy access to e-mail and other college applications, Benedict College has greatly improved the communication among its students and staff, which is expected to dramatically reduce its printing and mailing costs.
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