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Voorhees College

Voorhees College is a private, historically black college in Denmark, South Carolina. It is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Voorhees College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Location

Address
481 Porter Drive
City
Denmark
State
SC
Zip/Post Code
29042

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
536
In State Tuition Fees
10180
Out State Tuition Fees
10180
ACT Score
15
SAT Score
680
Grade Point Average(GPA)
2.00
Male Female Ratio
46:54
Acceptance Rate
50%
Student Faculty Ratio
15:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
Episcopal Church
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Tigers
Colors
Royal Blue And White
Conference
Gulf Coast

College History

History

In 1897, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright and Jessie Dorsey founded Denmark Industrial School for African Americans. Located in a rural area and small town, it was modeled on Tuskegee Institute. It began in the upstairs of an old store. In 1902, Ralph Voorhees, a New Jersey philanthropist, gave the school a donation to purchase land and construct buildings. In 1904 the South Carolina General Assembly renamed the school and incorporated it as the Voorhees Industrial Institute for Colored Youths. In 1924, the school was affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. In 1947, its name was changed to Voorhees School and Junior College. In 1962, with the addition of departments, it became accredited as Voorhees College. In 1969, the schools predominantly Black student body demanded more Black study programs and the hiring of Black faculty as well as assisting the local lower income community of Denmark with scholarships. The Voorhees administration, made up of mostly Whites, ignored the students plea. A demonstration of 500 students began as a response and this eventually led to a 2 day armed student occupation of the college. The President of Voorhees agreed to the students demands but he subsequently called on the South Carolina National Guard to overtake the students, arresting them after they had already surrendered. Many were suspended.

College Specialty

Specialty

Voorhees College is a private, historically black, coeducational, liberal arts, baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church. The College, located in rural South Carolina, serves traditional and nontraditional students primarily from the state of South Carolina and the southeastern region of the United States. The aim of the College is to offer each student a comprehensive general educational experience coupled with professional education in the value-centered liberal arts tradition. The College excels in instruction in liberal studies, arts and sciences and pre-professional and professional disciplines. The College provides an environment that supports educational opportunities designed to help prepare students to function in a multi-cultural and increasingly technological society. The College seeks to produce highly qualified graduates who combine intellect and faith in their preparation for strong professional performance in a global society

Alumni

Alumni

Dr. Pamela Wilson 1994 President of Allen University Dr. Jim Reeves 1977 Deputy Chief, Forest Service Research and Development, United States Forest Service David Miller 1984 co-owner of the OurWeekly, a weekly periodical for the African-American community in Los Angeles Jackie Dinkins 1971 NBA player with the Chicago Bulls

Campus

Campus

Rural

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