P.O. Box 176
Due West, SC 29639
Phone: (864) 379-8838
$26,475 tuition and fees
rolling application deadline
Erskine College is a private institution that was founded in 1839. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 553, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 90 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Erskine College's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 144. Its tuition and fees are $26,475 (2010-11).
Situated on 90 acres in the town of Due West, S.C. sits the Christian-affiliated Erskine College. The college believes a Christian-based environment allows it to take into account the intellectual and spiritual formation of students. Students admitted to the school have the opportunity to join a variety of clubs and organizations as well as participate in many activities including a disc golf course and the Galloway Activities Center, which contains two gyms, racquetball courts, and a climbing wall. Greek life is popular on the campus of Erskine College, with more than 20 percent of the student body participating. Most students, more than 90 percent, live on campus during their academic career at the school. Known as the Flying Fleet, Erskine College fields 14 intercollegiate teams that compete in the NCAA Division II as a member of Conference Carolinas.
Erskine College offers a 4-1-4 academic calendar, which includes a Winter Term during the month of January. This allows students to focus on a specific area of study, pursue internships for credit, or find study abroad opportunities. Though the town of Due West, S.C. takes up just a little more than 1.5 square miles, it is within driving distance of many larger cities, including less than three hours away from both Charlotte, N.C. and Atlanta. Notable alumni of the college include Benjamin Meek Miller, former governor of Alabama, and Susan Audé, a former television news anchor in Columbia, S.C.
School mission (as provided by the school):
At Erskine we believe in starting small to lead big. Our close-knit academic community provides more than a great college experience. It's a place where young people can craft a vision for the rest of their lives. Our unique rural setting limits distractions and helps students focus on what's really important. A smaller residential campus means you can't fake it. Quality is revealed. Weaknesses strengthened. Character is refined through intentional, individual relationships.
Intentional integration of our mission to equip students to flourish is seen in every aspect of the campus: in the classroom, residential life, student organizations, convocations, campus ministries and athletic opportunities. Our faculty provide rigorous academic challenges with an individual approach. They go beyond teaching to mentoring, and take an active interest in helping students plan for life and work after college. The Erskine curriculum provides multiple "immersive" opportunities to engage in real world challenges in business, civic discourse, education, medicine and more, as well as opportunities for study abroad, internships and externships.
By starting small our alumni go on to do big things. We have one of the highest graduate program placement rates in South Carolina with nearly half our graduates going on to some type of graduate studies. In fact, this past year 10% of the graduating class applied to medical school. All of them were accepted.
Of the graduates that pursue work right after graduation, more than three quarters of them are working within just a few months. Erskine graduates lead businesses and non-profit organizations both large and small throughout the world.
But we produce more than simply competent professionals. We equip the whole person - intellectually, physically and spiritually - to flourish in life and leadership. Erskine students understand that to make a difference in the world, hearts need to be changed, relationships developed and faith exercised. We believe that it is not only important what our students become, but also who they become. Erskine strives to produce graduates that are locally active, globally minded citizens who understand their life's work in the broad context of creation, reflecting the love and justice of the Creator.
School type - private, coed college
Year founded - 1839
Religious affiliation - Associate Reformed Presbyterian
Academic calendar - 4-1-4
Setting - rural
2010 Endowment - $39,948,545
Selectivity - selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 75%
Application deadline - rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - August 15
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 11:1
4-year graduation rate - 55% - High
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 21% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20% Education 13% Psychology 8%