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South Carolina State University
Motto Scientia, Officium, Honos
Motto in English Knowledge, Duty, Honor
Established March 4, 1896 (1896-03-04)
Type Public, Land Grant
President Dr. George E. Cooper
Faculty 550
Undergraduates 4,100
Postgraduates 700
Location Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States
33°29′50″N 80°51′00″W / 33.49722°N 80.85°W / 33.49722; -80.85Coordinates: 33°29′50″N 80°51′00″W / 33.49722°N 80.85°W / 33.49722; -80.85
Campus 447 acres (1.8 km2) (160 acres (0.6 km2) at Orangeburg campus, 287 acres (1.2 km2) additional acres at Camp Harry Daniels in Elloree, South Carolina)
Colors Garnet and Blue
Nickname Bulldogs or Lady Bulldogs

South Carolina State University is a historically black university located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. It is the only state funded, historically black land-grant institution in South Carolina and is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.




Colleges, departments, and schools

  • College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences
    • Department of Accounting, Agribusiness, and Economics
    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
    • Department of Health Sciences
    • Department of Military Sciences
  • College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences
    • Department of Education
    • Department of English and Modern Languages
    • Department of Human Services
    • Department of Visual and Performing Arts
  • College of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technology
    • Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
    • Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies
State and national rankings
  • Only undergraduate Nuclear Engineering Program in South Carolina
  • Only Doctor of Education degree in South Carolina
  • Only Masters of Science Degree in Transportation
  • Of 2,443 higher education institutions, South Carolina State ranks:
    • 4th in minority degrees granted in mathematics
    • 5th in minority degrees granted in Biology
    • 17th in minority degrees granted in all disciplines
    • 18th in minority degrees granted in Education
    • 29th in minority degrees granted in Computer and Information Science
    • 31st in minority degrees granted in the Master's level


The school's campus size is 160 acres (0.6 km2), with an additional 287 acres (1.2 km2) at Camp Harry Daniels in Elloree, South Carolina. Three buildings, Lowman Hall, Hodge Hall, and Dukes Gymnasium were placed in the South Carolina State College Historic District, making all three buildings National Historical Landmarks.


(early years)

Under the 1862 Morrill Land Grant Act, the South Carolina General Assembly created the Colored, Normal, Industrial, Agricultural, and Mechanical College of South Carolina on March 3, 1896. The new school, separated from nearby Claflin College, established (now Claflin University) after 24 years, operated in one building, Morrill Hall, which held classrooms, the library, dormitories, and the president's office and residence. The first president was Congressman and Lincoln University, PA AlumnusThomas E. Miller who served from 1896-1911.

1920s - 1940s

Academic programs received more attention as the student population increased, but other programs, such as the university's high school, were forced to close due to the Great Depression. Fortunately, the New Deal Programs were used to create, among other things, Wilkinson Hall, the university's first separate library building (now home to Admissions and Financial Aid).

1940s - 1950s

The college's campus grew, as it purchased over 150 acres (0.6 km2) for agricultural learning. After World War II, many students flocked to the college, creating a classroom shortage problem for the school. In 1947, the United States Army created an ROTC detachment, in which all male students were required to enroll until mandatory enrollment ended in 1969. The school's name changed, as well, as the South Carolina General Assembly renamed the school South Carolina State College in 1954. Because of the "separate but equal" laws in the state, the legislature gave the college large sums of money to build new academic facilities and dormitories, some of which still stand on the campus today, including the Student Union (1954), and Turner Hall (1956). This was done in order to give black students an environment of "equal" education. Also, the legislature created a law program for the college, mainly to prevent black students from attending the law school at the then-segregated University of South Carolina. The law program folded in 1966 after the University of South Carolina integrated.

1960s - 1980s

South Carolina State University Administration Building, Orangburg, SC

During the height of the Civil Rights Movement, many students participated in marches and rallies aimed at ending segregation. The struggle came to a climax on the night on February 8, 1968, when three students were killed and 27 others were wounded by state policemen at the height of a protest that opposed the segregation of a nearby bowling alley. The tragedy, known as the Orangeburg Massacre, is commemorated by a memorial plaza near the front of the campus. From the late-1960s to the mid-1980s, under the leadership of Dr. M. Maceo Nance, the campus experienced unprecedented growth in the form of new academic buildings, such as Nance Hall (1974) and Belcher Hall (1986), new residence halls, such as Sojourner Truth Hall (1972), which, at 14 stories, is the tallest building in Orangeburg County, and a new library building (1968), not to mention enlargements and renovations of existing facilities. The school also opened the I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium, which is the only facility of its kind on a historically black university campus in the United States. After Dr. Nance's retirement in 1986, Dr. Albert Smith assumed the office of the school's president and, among other achievements, created an honors college in 1988.

1990 - 2002

During the tenure of Dr. Smith, the school also gained university status from the South Carolina General Assembly, becoming South Carolina State University in February 1992. In 1993, Dr. Barbara Hatton became the school's first female president and created many improvements for the campus, such as the 1994 renovation of Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium, constructing new suites and a larger press box, as well as increasing its capacity to 22,000. Hatton also spearheaded the creation of a plaza which resides in front of the Student Union and passes by several dorms and buildings in the central portion of the campus. Under SC State's next president, Dr. Leroy Davis, South Carolina State University celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1996, and the school constructed a Fine Arts Center in 1999, giving the Art and Music departments a new home.

2003 - present

In an attempt to resurrect the shootings of the "Orangeburg Massacre", filmaker, Dan Klores made a short film entitled, "Black Magic" that debuted on ESPN March 16, 2008. Also set to broadcast on PBS in fall 2008, is the documentary film "Orangeburg," by Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson, both activists from the 1960s. Both films set out to shine light upon an incident that lacked media coverage on the night it occurred and days following. Since it commenced at night, no one expected the shootings and therefore limited pictures or television images were available to the general public. The little attention that this tragedy received was not all accurate either. It was originally perceived that this confrontation was fueled by "black power advocates" and that gunfire was exchanged between the law enforcement officials and the protesters. Later it was discovered that the victims were in fact all unarmed. The recent media awareness and film interest regarding this event may influence the passing of a bill that was introduced in 2007 to reopen the investigation into Orangeburg.[1]

Under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., the school constructed a new 771-bed residence hall (Hugine Suites), which is the largest dormitory in South Carolina. The first four buildings in Phase One opened on August 26, 2006, and the last two in the first phase opened on September 10, 2006. With the opening of the new dorms, SC State has closed the following dorms, Bethea (freshmen male), Miller (female), Bradham (female), and Manning (female) Halls. Both Bradham and Manning Halls had been used since the World War I era, Miller Hall is being closed due to fire alarm system malfunctions, and Bethea is being closed after 50 years of service due to numerous building and health problems. Bethea Hall will be torn down to make way for a new $33 million complex for the School of Engineering.

The dining halls, both Washington Dining Hall and "The Pitt", located in the Student Union, received major facelifts, and the dining hall inside Truth Hall has been renovated into a cyber cafe, Pete's Arena. The university is also working to renovate Lowman Hall, which, when refurbished, will be the new administration building. South Carolina State recently broke ground on the new James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center (UTC), which will be home to the only UTC in South Carolina, one of only three among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and one of only 33 total UTCs in the nation. Currently work is being done to expand Hodge Hall. This science building will be gaining some much needed research and laboratory space.

South Carolina State hosted the first debate of the 2008 Democratic Party Presidential Candidate Debate series. This event, which took place on April 26, 2007 at the Martin Luther King Auditorium, was televised nationally on MSNBC. This debate made SC State the first Historically Black University to host a Presidential Candidate Debate on its campus.

Hugine's contract was terminated by the SC State Board of Trustees on December 11, 2007, only four days before the Fall Commencement Exercises, by a telephone conference meeting. According to the Board, his reasons for dismissal were a performance review of Hugine for the 2006-2007 school year, and a second education review. Hugine is on administrative leave, and his last day as president was January 4, 2008. The Board decided to conduct a national search for a new president immediately. On December 13, 2007, the Board selected Dr. Leonard McIntyre, the Dean of the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences at SC State to serve as Interim President.

Hugine is the fourth president to leave SC State since Nance retired in 1986.

Dr. George Cooper, formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, assumed the presidency of S.C. State on July 16, 2008 and is the tenth president to be at SCSU University.

Student life


2009 MEAC football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#8 South Carolina State 8 0     10 2
#23 Florida A&M 6 2     8 3
Norfolk State 5 3     7 4
Morgan State 4 4     6 5
Bethune-Cookman 4 4     5 6
Delaware State 3 4     4 6
Hampton 3 5     5 6
North Carolina A&T 2 5     4 6
Howard 0 8     2 9

† – Conference Champion
Rankings: The Sports Network FCS Poll

South Carolina State is a charter member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and participates in NCAA Division I (FCS for college football). The school sponsors basketball, bowling, golf, soccer, volleyball, softball, cross country, track, and tennis for women, and basketball, bowling, tennis, track, golf, cross country, and football for men. The athletic teams compete as the Bulldogs or Lady Bulldogs and the school colors are garnet and blue.

The school's football team has won more conference championships than any other school in the MEAC, with wins in 1974, 1975 (shared title with North Carolina A&T), 1976 (shared title with Morgan State University), 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982 (shared title with Florida A&M), 1983, 1994, 2004, when it shared the title with Hampton University, 2008, and 2009. The team also has four Black College Football National Championship titles, with the most recent title won in 2009.

In 1994, head coach Willie Jeffries led the team to a 10-2 record and defeated Grambling State University and coach Eddie Robinson in the Heritage Bowl by a score of 31-27, which crowned South Carolina State the 1994 Black College Football National Champions.

Greek letter organizations

The university currently has chapters for all nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ΑΚA Beta Sigma ΒΣ
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ΑΦΑ Beta Delta
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ΔΣΘ Alpha Xi
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. IΦΘ Zeta Lambda
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. ΚΑΨ Alpha Lambda
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. ΩΨΦ Xi Psi ΞΨ
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. ΦΒΣ Eta Alpha HA
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. ΣΓΡ Zeta Kappa ZK
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ΖΦΒ Psi Alpha ΨA

Other National Organizations include:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity ΑKΨ Kappa Upsilon KY
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity KKΨ Zeta Eta ZH
Tau Beta Sigma Nationla Honorary Band Sorority TBΣ Epsilon Chi EX
Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Organization BΓΣ
Beta Alpha Psi Financial Honor Organization BAΨ
Sigma Alpha Iota ΣAI Lambda Xi ΛΞ
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America ΦMA Nu Iota NI

Marching band

The university's marching band is known as the Marching 101. The band are regular performers at football games throughout the southeast, and nationally televised professional football games. There are approximately 280 members (310 including drum majors, dancers, and color guard). The band was organized in 1918 as a "regimental band" performing military drills as well as assisting with music in the college Sunday school and other occasions. From 1924 on, a succession of band directors influenced the growth of the band as it became part of the Department of Music program.


The university's ROTC program has commissioned over 1,900 officers to date and produced the highest number of minority officers in the country. Twelve graduates hav achieved the rank of general.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Ernest Everett Just biologist; first recipient of the NAACP's Spingarn Medal in 1915; established Omega Psi Phi Fraternity along with three Howard students (Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Coleman)
Nefertari Imani Baraka poet and author
Shombay Kimoni author, entrepreneur and artist
Harry Carson former professional football player for the New York Giants; inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006
James E. Clyburn South Carolina State Representative and Majority Whip (2007-present) in the United States Congress
Leroy Davis former S.C. State president (1995-2002)
Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. former S.C. State president (2003-2008); Current President of Alabama A & M University
Deacon Jones former professional football player for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins; inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980
Benjamin Mays Educator and former president of Morehouse College
M. Maceo Nance former S.C. State president (1968-1986)
Robert Porcher former professional football player for the Detroit Lions
Richard G. Shaw first African-American to serve as Insurance Commissioner in West Virginia
Donnie Shell former professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Alfred (Al) Young former professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Arthur Love former professional football player for the New England Patriots
Essie Mae Washington-Williams African-American daughter of former U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond's
Kenny Bynum former National Football League running back
George B. Price retired Brigadier General in the United States Army
Amos M. Gailliard Jr. retired Brigadier General in the New York Guard
Abraham J. Turner retired Major General in the United States Army
Henry Doctor Jr. retired Lieutenant General in the United States Army
Benjamin Franklin Payton President of Tuskegee University (1981-Present)
Philip J. Murphy former professional football player for the Los Angeles Rams and principal for P J Murphy Co. Investment Banking Services

External links


  1. ^ Arango, Tim (2008-04-16). ""Films Revisit Overlooked Shootings on a Black Campus"". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  


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