|Motto||A Power for Good in Society|
|Affiliation||American Baptist Churches USA|
|President||Roslyn Clark Artis|
|Location||Columbia, South Carolina,
|Campus||110-acre (45 ha)|
|Colors||Purple and gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
|Affiliations||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
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Benedict College is a four-year historically black, liberal arts college located in Columbia, South Carolina. Founded in 1870 by northern Baptists, it was originally a teachers' college. It has since expanded into a full four-year college offering a variety of majors in the liberal arts field.
Benedict College Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by Laurel, Oak, Taylor and Harden Sts. on Benedict College campus, Columbia, South Carolina|
|Area||3.9 acres (1.6 ha)|
|Architect||Urquhart, James B.|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|NRHP reference #||87000809|
|Added to NRHP||April 20, 1987|
Benedict College was founded in 1870 on a 110-acre (45 ha) 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 dilapidated former slave master's mansion to prepare men and women to be "powers for good in society". The dilapidated 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.
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 3,000. Benedict College is engaged in an ongoing strategic planning process, which will guide the College in the 21st 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[when?] 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.
The Benedict College Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. It encompasses five buildings constructed between 1895 and 1937: Morgan Hall (1895), Pratt Hall (1902), Duckett Hall (1925), Antisdel Chapel (1932), and Starks Center (1937).
Maintaining a liberal arts tradition, Benedict College now offers bachelor's degree programs in twenty-nine major areas of study to meet the needs of a complex and technological society at home and worldwide as the 21st century sets new parameters for peoples across the universe.
Benedict College is ranked as one of the top producers of African American Physics majors in the United States.
In addition to offering traditional education, the college also offers continuing education for those "non traditional students".
Benedict College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees.
The Teacher Education Program is fully approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and 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).
Benedict College has been criticized for its lack in providing sufficient academic standards, especially because of its so-called Success Equals Effort (SE2) policy, which awards grades on the basis of effort and knowledge to all freshman and sophomore students. In 2004, two untenured professors were dismissed for refusing to adopt the policy which would have forced them to give a passing grade to students who had actually failed their exam.
Greek letter organizations
The university currently has chapters for all nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations:
|Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority||ΑΚΑ||Psi||Ψ|
|Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity||ΑΦΑ||Gamma Pi||ΓΠ|
|Delta Sigma Theta Sorority||ΔΣΘ||Gamma Upsilon||ΓΥ|
|Iota Phi Theta Fraternity||ΙΦΘ||Theta Kappa||ΘΚ|
|Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity||ΚΑΨ||Gamma Mu||ΓΜ|
|Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity||ΦΒΣ||Gamma Lambda Gamma||ΓΛΓ|
|Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority||ΣΓΡ||Beta Epsilon||BE|
|Zeta Phi Beta Sorority||ΖΦΒ||Kappa Beta||KB|
|Omega Psi Phi Fraternity||ΩΨΦ||Epsilon Epsilon||EE|
Benedict College, known athletically as the Tigers, competes as a member of the NCAA Division II's Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The sports the school sponsors are: 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 built the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium for its football games on-campus, which opened in 2006. Basketball games are played at HRC Arena. The college's cheer is "Break an arm, break a leg, Benedict!" The Benedict's Tigers Tennis Team won the SIAC Conference in 2015.
Marching Tigers "Band of Distinction"
Benedict's Marching Tigers "Band of Distinction" was founded in the 1960s under the direction of Roy McCollough. The band performs at most football games, home basketball games, and several special events throughout the year. In 2017, the band made its first appearance at the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational in the Georgia Dome of Atlanta, Georgia. The band is currently under the direction of Herman Jones, Jr.
|Modjeska Monteith Simkins||1921||leader of African American public health reform, social reform and the civil rights movement in South Carolina|||
|Harold A. Stevens||1930||lawyer and former judge who served on the New York Court of General Sessions and New York Court of Appeals|||
|Jack B. Johnson||former County Executive for Prince George's County, Maryland|
|LeRoy T. Walker||former U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman|
|Waliyy Dixon||Professional streetball player|
|Kris Bruton||Basketball player who currently plays with the Harlem Globetrotters|
|Bennie Lewis||2009||Professional basketball player|
|James Maxie Ponder||First African American physician in St. Petersburg, Florida|||
|Charles L. Purce||1879||President of Selma University and Simmons College of Kentucky|
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