Erskine College Erskine College

Key Stats

Type Of Institution
Comprehensive higher education system

Institutional Designation
Private—Religious

Tuition Costs
$36,150.00

Room And Board
$11,350.00

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Erskine College

Erskine College has been preparing students to flourish in lives of learning, service, and leadership for more than 175 years. With its heritage of thoughtful scholarship, Christian commitment, and intentional community, Erskine offers a rich undergraduate experience. Founded by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1839, it is the oldest four-year private Christian college in South Carolina and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Erskine provides an environment in which students can be challenged and inspired. Students work hard, think creatively and critically, and explore options across a variety of disciplines.


Degree BACHB ASSOCA CERTC
American/United States Studies/Civilizationx  
Art/Art Studies, Generalx  
Athletic Training/Trainerx  
Biology/Biological Sciences, Generalx  
Business Administration and Management, Generalx  
Chemistry Teacher Educationx  
Chemistry, Generalx  
Childhood Educationx  
English Language and Literature, Generalx  
English/Language Arts Teacher Educationx  
History, Generalx  
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teachingx  
Mathematics Teacher Educationx  
Mathematics, Generalx  
Music Teacher Educationx  
Music, Generalx  
Philosophyx  
Physical Education Teaching and Coachingx  
Political Science and Government, Generalx  
Pre-Law Studiesx  
Pre-Optometryx  
Pre-Pharmacy Studiesx  
Pre-Veterinary Studiesx  
Psychology, Generalx  
Religion/Religious Studiesx  
Social Studies Teacher Educationx  
Special Education and Teaching, Generalx  
Sport and Fitness Administration/Managementx  

Academic Life

The College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. A candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree can choose a major discipline from American Studies, Bible and Religion, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Social Studies. A candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree can choose a major discipline from Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Music Education, Physical Education and Coaching, Psychology, Special Education, and Sport Management.

Students may choose from the following minors: Bible and Religion, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Christian Education, Christian Leadership, English, Family Studies, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Health, Healthcare Management, History, Information Technology, Mathematics, Music, Music Studies, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Secondary Education, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Theater, and Visual Art.

Erskine College maintains an engineering dual degree program with Clemson University. Students in this program typically complete three years at Erskine and two to three years at Clemson, earning a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Clemson and a bachelor of arts degree in biology, chemistry, or mathematics from Erskine.

Faculty:

The Erskine full-time faculty numbers 40 men and women; 96 percent have earned the highest degree in their field. With an average class size of 20, a student faculty ratio of 13:1, and private offices for all full-time faculty members, Erskine promotes a personal as well as an academic relationship between students and faculty members. All classroom instruction is done by faculty members and they are happy to assist and encourage students who wish to pursue undergraduate research through tutorials or summer research projects. These projects are carried out in an atmosphere free of competition from graduate students for books, laboratories, or professors’ time. Erskine emphasizes advising and academic counseling for students throughout their four years.

At Erskine, students are taught by professors, not graduate students, and the curriculum is based on the liberal arts tradition. Erskine also offers a number of pre-professional programs. More than 96 percent of Erskine’s faculty members hold terminal degrees in their subject areas. Small class sizes, along with professors’ efforts to promote mentoring relationships with students, help to spur Erskine students to achievement, enhance their academic growth, and prepare them for leadership. Students can work with faculty members to craft a course of study that suits their individual strengths and career interests.

Campus Life

Erskine College is located in Due West, a town of 1,200 residents located in historic Abbeville County, South Carolina, an area rich in colonial, Revolutionary War, and Civil War history. Erskine’s 90-acre campus, with its tree-lined green spaces, gardens, and stately architecture, is featured as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the nation.

The town and the college, with a number of antebellum buildings, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Erskine is located near lakes and recreational areas and within easy access to Interstate Routes 26 and 85 and the cities of Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia, and Greenville. Due West is located about 30 minutes away from the cities of Greenwood and Anderson, giving the town a calm and unplugged feeling. Greenville, an hour from Due West, is among the fastest growing cities in the country and is the site of many weekend activities, including AA Baseball games, as well as award-winning restaurants and a thriving downtown environment. Abbeville, with its quaint town square and historic playhouse, is only about 15 minutes from Due West.

Facilities and Resources

Most academic buildings on campus are wireless, and Erskine has developed innovative uses of technology to increase person-to-person communication and maximize student learning. Along with the successful use of technology, personal interaction that leads to lasting friendships and discovery within a community of learners continues as a primary focus on the Erskine campus.

Notable among Erskine’s 11 academic buildings are the Bowie Arts Center, a 14,000-square-foot museum and gallery featuring an exhibit hall as well as a state-of-the-art classroom; the Daniel•Moultrie Science Center, a 46,000-square-foot facility featuring an auditorium, classrooms, state-of-the-art labs, a live animal room, and a greenhouse; the Moss Mathematics and Music Educational Facility, a 24,000-square-foot two-story building, equipped with classrooms, computer labs, and state-of-the-art sound studios for vocal and instrumental performances; and Memorial Hall, which houses Erskine’s musical performance theater and is directly connected to the Moss facility

The climate-controlled McCain Library Department of Archives and Special Collections, located across from the McCain Library in Reid Hall and maintained by an archivist from the library staff, is used by both students and area historians. Reid Hall also houses the business department and contains a multimedia classroom.

Athletics / Sports

Erskine fields 14 intercollegiate teams in NCAA Division II as part of Conference Carolinas and offers intramural and recreational programs as well. Athletic facilities include a full court basketball gymnasium with an attached auxiliary gym and aerobics facility, racquetball courts, a weight-training facility, baseball fields, softball fields, and two football-sized intramural activity fields. The Galloway gymnasium on campus houses a basketball arena along with volleyball and classroom facilities.

Financial Aid / Tuition

Financial Aid is offered to a large percentage of Erskine’s students through multiple endowed scholarships, grants, state aid, loans, and work study assignments. Erskine offers merit scholarships to students that range from $7,500 to $14,000 based on high school academic performance. The school also accepts all applicable State Aid programs from the state of South Carolina. Federal funds are available to students through the Federal Pell Grant, Federal work study programs, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Federal Perkins Loan programs. Aid programs ranging up to $5,000 are also given to students who are out of state to assist individuals who may lack home state aid. Along with this, applicants can also apply for Erskine’s Presidential Scholarship, an invitational academic competition that grants two full scholarships to students per year along with two scholarships covering all tuition and fees.

Admission

Erskine College seeks students who are committed to serious academic study and critical thinking. Applicants are required to have completed at least 15 secondary school college preparatory units, four of which must be in English, three in Mathematics, three in Science, three in Social Studies, and two in a Foreign Language. Electives are also highly encouraged. Students applying to Erskine are required to submit scores from the SAT, ACT, or CLT for admission consideration. Students interested in the college’s academic competition are encouraged to plan ahead and submit these scores before the month of November. Campus visits are strongly recommended; the admissions process is a personal one. Transfer students are accepted after submitting an application for admission and submitting a transcript from an accredited higher education institution showing at least 24 hours of course work completed at a 2.0 GPA. Students who are out of state or international are also encouraged to apply.

Application information:

Erskine’s application can be found online at http://know.erskine.edu. Students fill out a brief online inquiry form providing contact information and program interests. After this form is submitted, students will be taken to a personalized web page giving them more information about the college. On this page, students will find a link to the official application. Admission applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in August of the previous term year. The priority deadline for applications is May 1; all students who wish to be considered for academic merit scholarships should have a completed application on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before this date. All students are encouraged to include Erskine (003432) on their FAFSA submission. Orientation programs for incoming first-year students take place in June and early July. Transfer student orientation programs are offered throughout the summer.

Costs:

For 2018-2019, Erskine’s tuition is $36,150. Room and board charges are $11,350. Additional fees amount to approximately $1,000 annually.

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