Clinton College (South Carolina)

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Clinton College
Former names
Clinton Normal and Industrial Institute, Clinton Junior College
Established1894 (1894)
Religious affiliation
AME Zion Church
PresidentLester A. McCorn[1]
Location, ,
United States

34°54′49″N 81°02′37″W / 34.91361°N 81.04361°W / 34.91361; -81.04361Coordinates: 34°54′49″N 81°02′37″W / 34.91361°N 81.04361°W / 34.91361; -81.04361[3]
ColorsBlack, gold, burgundy
NicknameGolden Bears
Sporting affiliations

Clinton College is a historically black, Christian college in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.


It was founded as the Clinton Institute in 1894 and named after Bishop Caleb Isom Clinton of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church's Palmetto Conference.[2] On June 22, 1909, it was incorporated as Clinton Normal and Industrial Institute after receiving authorization to grant state teacher certificates.[4]

The school grew in the postwar era from the late 1940s into the 1960s and in 1965 the college changed its name to Clinton Junior College when the charter was amended to offer associate degrees.[4]

In 2013, the college was renamed from Clinton Junior College to Clinton College after it received accreditation to become a four-year institution.[2] The college added two bachelor programs, a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.[4]

Clinton College celebrated 125 years of higher education in 2019.[5]


Clinton College offers several associate degree programs in business administration, early childhood development, liberal arts, natural sciences, and religious studies. The college added four-year programs in 2013 and now offers bachelor's degree programs in biology, business administration, and religious studies.[6]


Clinton College's athletic teams are known as the Golden Bears. The college competes as a dual member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).[7] Clinton fields men's and women's basketball teams and a cheerleading squad. The college is a founding member of the USCAA's Eastern Metro Athletic Conference (EMAC) in 2018.[7] The Clinton College men's basketball team won the first EMAC championship on February 23, 2019, when they defeated Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte 77–75.[8]


  1. ^ Harris, Amanda (August 21, 2018). "Clinton College's new leader eyes growth, new programs at historical Rock Hill school". The Rock Hill Herald. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "FactSheet201920". Clinton College. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clinton Junior College
  4. ^ a b c "Clinton College History". Clinton College. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  5. ^ Harris, Amanda (March 13, 2019). "Clinton College celebrates 125 years". The Rock Hill Herald. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Academics". Academic Programs. Clinton College. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b "The USCAA Welcomes Clinton College to the Association". USCAA. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Clinton Holds Off JWU In Thriller To Win First EMAC Conference Championship". EMAC. Retrieved 13 January 2020.

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