About Us

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Founded in 1897 by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright-Menafee, who was barely older than some of today’s students, Voorhees University has a rich history and a bright future. We’re a fully accredited historically black liberal arts college that offers degrees in 12 disciplines – a number that’s growing as we grow. Through our long-standing affiliation with the Episcopal Church, Voorhees focuses on developing students spiritually as well as intellectually.

About Voorhees

Voorhees University is a four-year, co-educational, career-oriented liberal arts college affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. Voorhees College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s degrees.


Founded in 1897 by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Menafee, Voorhees University’s mission always has been to offer all students a quality comprehensive general education, coupled with professional education, in a value-centered liberal arts tradition. In addition, Voorhees College was the first Historically Black College and University in South Carolina accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Our Leadership

Dr. Ronnie Hopkins is the tenth President of Voorhees University.

Our Community

Voorhees University, which is designated as an Historic District in South Carolina, consists of 365 acres in Bamberg County in the city of Denmark. Voorhees is about 50 miles south of Columbia, 53 miles southeast of Augusta, Georgia and 86 miles west of Charleston.

Academic Programs

Voorhees University offers degrees in accounting, biology, business administration, criminal justice, computer science, sociology, English, health and recreation, mathematics, mass communication, and organizational management.

Voorhees University offers a training program in cyber security education and has a special partnership with the National Nuclear Security Administration that lets students participate in summer internships in cyber security at various locations across the United States. Learn more about our program in cyber security education.

Intercollegiate Sports

The Voorhees University Tigers are in the Association of Independent Institutions of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I. The Tigers compete in baseball, softball, women’s volleyball, men and women’s basketball, track and field, and cross country.

By the Numbers

  • 42 full-time faculty members with 30.9 percent holding doctorates and terminal degrees
  • 15:1 Student / Faculty Ratio
  • $ 19,976 on campus cost ($ 12,630 off campus)
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