Benedict College

Columbia, SC
1600 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204-1086
803-256-4220

Benedict College is a private, historically black college in Columbia, South Carolina. Founded in 1870 by Benedictine monks from Pennsylvania, it is the oldest HBCU in the state. The college's campus is located in the historic district of Columbia, and its academic offerings include liberal arts and sciences, business, education, and nursing. Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Benedict College was founded in 1870 by Benedictine monks from Pennsylvania. The college is named for Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Benedictine Order. The college is the oldest historically black college in South Carolina, and one of the oldest in the United States. The college's campus is located in the historic district of Columbia, and its academic offerings include liberal arts and sciences, business, education, and nursing. Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The college was founded as a school for freed slaves, and its original mission was to provide education to African Americans. The college has a long history of civil rights activism, and was one of the first HBCUs to admit white students. Benedict College has produced many notable alumni, including civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and musician James Brown.

Quick Facts

Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above

Main Website: https://www.benedict.edu/

Financial Aid: https://www.benedict.edu/office-of-admissions-and-recruitment/office-of-financial-aid-and-scholarships/

Annual Costs

Total Cost In-State On-Campus: $27,002

Total Cost Out-State On-Campus: $27,002

Return on Investment Rating

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The estimated cost for four years as an undergraduate at Benedict College is $99956.63. This includes the average cost of attendance for four years plus the interest on the average loan over a ten year repayment minus the average of grants and scholarships per student.

We then contrast this figure with average early-career and mid-career average incomes of graduates of four year programs at Benedict College. For graduates of Benedict College, we saw an average early-career income of $42000.00 and mid-career income of $63400.00. We then ranked the school's value based on how many years of mid-career income it takes to repay the educational costs.