Erskine College

Undergraduates: 587
Setting: Very small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $29,310.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $29,310.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1074 / 24 / 3.8
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 51:49
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (Associate Reformed)
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 40%

Erskine, South Carolina's first private Christian college, offers undergraduate liberal arts college and graduate theological education on its historic campus in Due West, South Carolina. Founded in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Erskine's mission as a Christian academic community is to equip students to flourish as whole persons for lives of service.

Erskine's undergraduate college consistently ranks among the top private colleges in South Carolina and competes in NCAA Division II as a member of Conference Carolinas. At the graduate level, Erskine Theological Seminary prepares persons for service in the Christian church.

Erskine College exists to glorify God as a Christian academic community where students are equipped to flourish as whole persons for lives of service through the pursuit of undergraduate liberal arts and graduate theological education. The mission of Erskine College is to equip students to flourish by providing an excellent liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment where learning and biblical truth are integrated to develop the whole person. The mission of Erskine Theological Seminary is to educate persons for service in the Christian Church.

Established in 1839 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. It was named for Ebenezer Erskine, one of the founders of one of the antecedent bodies of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and a pastor. Erskine had led a group of separatists from the Church of Scotland to found an Associate Presbytery.

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. In 1929, Bryson College closed and merged with Erskine College. 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 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. As of 2011 the college has added new policies requiring all students regardless of age or reason to live in on-campus housing. This is mainly seen as a move by the college to combat off-campus drinking.

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. In April 2011, David A. Norman was inaugurated into the office of President. On June 1, 2013, Dr. Norman Resigned, and Dr. N. Bradley Christie was appointed Acting President, following an extended fight with the college's founding denomination, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

In 1995, the college banned alcohol 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. As of 2011 the college has added new policies requiring all students regardless of age or reason to live in on-campus housing. This is mainly seen as a move by the college to combat off-campus drinking.


Susan Aud- WIS-TV news anchor Erskine Caldwell - American author (attended, but did not graduate) Beth Couture - head coach of the Butler Bulldogs women's basketball team Tom Ervin - member of the South Carolina House of Representatives Thomas S. Gettys - U.S. Congressman from South Carolina Ira B. Jones - former South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice and gubernatorial candidate Thomas G. Long - Brandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University Benjamin Meek Miller.



Governor of Alabama, 1931-1935 William Bell Montgomery - Founder of Southern Farm Gazette (now known as the Progressive Farmer) and Mississippi State University Lemuel P. Padgett - U. S. Congressman from Tennessee Charles Bryson Simonton - U.S. Congressman from Tennessee Todd Kincannon - Chairman of the Simpsonville, South Carolina Election Commission, Former Executive Director and General Counsel, South Carolina Republican Party Tom Verlaine- lead singer/guitarist of Television (attended, but did not graduate).



Alumni Association:www.erskine.edu/alumni/


Chief_administrator: Dr. N. Bradley Christie (President)
Fax: 8643792167
Phone: 8643792131
Geographic region: Southeast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
Website: www.erskine.edu
Financial aid office website: visit.erskine.edu/apply/financial-aid/
Net price calculator web address: erskine.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx
Online application website: visit.erskine.edu/apply/application-process/
Admission office website: visit.erskine.edu/
Undergraduate application fee: $25.00
Graduate application fee: $35.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No