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Motto Scienta cum Moribus Conjuncta (Knowledge joined with Morals)
Established 1839
Type Private
Endowment US$52 million
President Randall T. Ruble
Faculty 40 full time
Students 575
Location Due West, SC, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Maroon and Gold          
Nickname Flying Feet
Affiliations Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church
Website erskine.edu

Erskine College is a four year, Christian liberal arts college located in Due West, South Carolina.

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History

A group of 2007 graduates

Established by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South as an academy for men, Erskine College became the first four year, church-related college in South Carolina in 1839. It was named for Ebenezer Erskine, one of the founders of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and a pastor. Erskine had led a group of separatists from the Church of Scotland to found a separate Associate Presbytery. Also in 1839 was the formation of the Euphemian Literary Society, one of four literary societies at Erskine College. This society still exists at Erskine today.

While the college has always employed a Professor of Divinity, its theological branch became a distinct but affiliated school, the Erskine Theological Seminary, in 1858. 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.

The college adopted a Mission Statement in May 1991: "Erskine exists to prepare persons for responsible living, service, and ministry, in both Church and society. As a community devoted to Christian commitment and excellence in learning, Erskine accomplishes its mission through undergraduate liberal arts and graduate theological education."

In 1995, the college banned alcohol (see dry campus) from the campus and later implemented changes which require all students under the age of 21 to reside in on-campus housing, unless proof of residence with a blood relative was provided.

In 1999, Rev. John Carson became president of the college. Upon his installation he noted: "I do not intend to add anything new, not one new straw on the backs of faculty or staff or students," Carson said. "But I do intend to be consistent in making this vision a reality. Erskine College will be, by God's grace, what it has been called to be--a Christian liberal arts college open to all students." Dr. Randall T. Ruble was voted in as the President of Erskine College and Seminary on October 26, 2006. He was inaugurated April 10, 2007.

Academics

Student to faculty ratio is 13:1.

Organizations

Typical Freshmen Student

Important Buildings

  • 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, Kennedy (Laboard)
  • Female housing: Carnegie (freshmen), Bonner, Robinson
  • Dining services: Java City, Moffatt Dining Hall and Snappers
  • Erskine Towers: Flagship Building, old astral observatory and clock tower
  • Computer Lab and library: McCain Library, Reid Hall (archives)

Notable alumni

See also

External links

Coordinates: 34°19′49.72″N 82°23′25.63″W / 34.3304778°N 82.3904528°W / 34.3304778; -82.3904528

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