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Erskine College is a private institution that was founded in 1839. It has a rural setting and the campus size is 90 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Erskine College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 180. Its tuition and fees are $29,301 (2013-14).
Erskine College, located in the town of Due West, South Carolina, offers a Christian-based environment aimed at taking 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, and they can participate in activities at a disc golf course or at the Galloway Activities Center, which contains two gyms, racquetball courts and a climbing wall. Students are required live on campus throughout their time at the school, though there are exceptions for commuters living with a relative, married students and others. Erskine College fields 14 intercollegiate teams, known as the Flying Fleet, 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 takes up just a little more than 1.5 square miles, it is within driving distance of many larger cities, including Charlotte, North Carolina, and Atlanta, which are less than three hours away. Notable alumni of the college include Benjamin Meek Miller, former governor of Alabama, and Susan Audé, a former television news anchor in Columbia, South Carolina.
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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|
|Religious affiliation||Associate Reformed Presbyterian|
When applying to Erskine College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.8 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||66.8% 4|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 15|
The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.7 percent.
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Erskine College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Erskine College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Erskine College also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Erskine College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Erskine College.
|Students who have cars on campus||75%|
|Health insurance offered||No|
Paying for School
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|Tuition and fees||$29,301 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,075 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data