Erskine College

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Erskine College
Erskine logo.png
MottoScienta cum Moribus Conjuncta
Motto in English
Knowledge joined with Morals
EndowmentUS$40.52 million
PresidentDr. Robert E. Gustafson, Jr.
Academic staff
40 full time
Erskine College
Two Washington Street
P.O. Box 338
, ,
SC 29639
ColorsMaroon and Gold          
NicknameFlying Fleet
AffiliationsAssociate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Erskine College is a private Christian college in Due West, South Carolina. It offers an undergraduate liberal arts college and a graduate theological seminary. The college was founded in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and its sports teams compete in NCAA Division II as a member of Conference Carolinas.


Established in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South as an academy for men, the college became the first four-year, church-related college in South Carolina[citation needed] It was named for Ebenezer Erskine, one of the founders of one of the antecedent bodies of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and a pastor. Erskine had led a group of separatists from the Church of Scotland to found an Associate Presbytery.

Erskine began to admit women in 1894 and officially became coeducational in 1899. In 1927, it merged with Women's College of Due West, founded in 1859. In 1929, Bryson College closed and merged with Erskine College.[1][2]

On March 11, 2014, a website article on Outsports detailed the coming out of two male players on the college's volleyball team.[3] On February 27, 2015, Erskine College released statement that students are expected to "follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality."[4][5][6][7]


Erskine College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Minors are offered in several other fields of study. A Christian Education concentration is offered within the Bible and Religion major and special minors are offered in Family Studies, Computer Science, Non-Western Studies, Theater, and Information Technology. The college also offers pre-professional programs in medicine, law, pharmacy, and dentistry. The student to faculty ratio is 12:1.[8]

Although Erskine is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, it was placed on "Warning" status following its most recent decennial accreditation review in December 2013.[9] The College's status was reviewed in December 2014, and the sanction was then escalated to "Probation" status, due to continued failure to comply with accreditation standards related to fiscal stability and institutional effectiveness in student learning outcomes.[10] SACSCOC removed all accreditation sanctions and reaffirmed Erskine’s regional accreditation in December 2015.


Erksine College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Flying Fleet are a member of the Conference Carolinas. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country,football, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

The Flying Fleet[edit]

Back in 1896, Erskine College began its first American football team. They had very successful seasons between 1917 and 1921. During those seasons they have wins against Wofford, Presbyterian, South Carolina, Clemson, and the Citadel. One of the memorable games of Erskine's football team was against Furman University. It was during that game in 1929 that Erskine took on the name "The Flying Fleet". They were given that name by a Greenville reporter who was blown away by their passing performance in that game. On October 18, 1948 when they defeated Florida State 14-6. It was only a couple more years until the Flying Fleet ended their football program in 1951.

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Major buildings[edit]

  • Administrative offices: Belk Hall, Watkins Student Center
  • Art buildings: Bowie Arts Center, Memorial Hall (music), Print Shop
  • Classrooms: Belk Hall, Reid Hall, Daniel Moultrie Science Center (DMSC)
  • Recreation: Galloway Center, the Hangar (under Lesesne Auditorium), pavilion, swimming pool, volleyball court
  • Male housing: Grier (freshmen), Pressly, Robinson
  • Female housing: Carnegie (freshmen), Bonner, Kennedy
  • Dining services: Java City, Moffatt Dining Hall and Snappers
  • Erskine Towers: Flagship Building, old astronomical observatory and clock tower
  • Computer Lab and library: McCain Library, Reid Hall (archives)

Notable alumni[edit]

Members of the class of 2007.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bryson College Memorial". Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  2. ^ "Erskine College: Hard To Find, Harder To Leave". Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  3. ^ Zeigler, Cyd (2014-03-11). "Rural South Carolina Div. II volleyball team has two out gay players". Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  4. ^ Samantha Laine (27 Feb 2015). "South Carolina college comes out against homosexuality". Christian Science Monitor.
  5. ^ "South Carolina college denounces homosexuality after two volleyball players come out as gay". Post. Archived from the original on 2015-03-01. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  6. ^ Patrick Foster (27 Feb 2015). "South Carolina college's statement ignites homosexuality furor". USA Today.
  7. ^ Sasha Geffen (27 Feb 2015). "This College In South Carolina Is Trying To Ban Students From Being Gay".
  8. ^ "Academic Excellence". Erskine College. Erskine College. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  9. ^ Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (December 19, 2013). "Disclosure Statement Regarding the Status of ERSKINE COLLEGE" (PDF). Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  10. ^ Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (December 7, 2014). "Actions taken by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees December 7, 2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-16. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  11. ^, GENE SAPAKOFF. "Sapakoff: The night tiny Erskine College beat Florida State in football". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  12. ^ "1921 Erskine The Flying Fleet Schedule and Results - College Football at". College Football at Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  13. ^ "A Proud History of Athletics". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  14. ^ 'Pioneer Jude Taken By Death,' Arizona Daily Star, July 21, 1933, pg.1
  15. ^ WSPA Staff. "Greenville Attorney Ervin To Face Gov. Haley In Republican Primary". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  16. ^ "Joseph Rodney Moss : Memory Hold The Door | University of South Carolina School of Law". 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.

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