About Clinton

Message from
the  President  


This academic year marks the 120th year of continuous service that Clinton College has provided to Rock Hill, the state of South Carolina, and indeed the nation. Students still come from diverse backgrounds and from thirteen states and foreign countries to the College on Crawford Road. Clinton College is only one mile from downtown Rock Hill and is in the center of the fastest growing county in the upstate. During the more than a century of service, the College has graduated outstanding men and women who have distinguished themselves in careers in business, education, the church, our military, and in new sciences that are opening up in a computer and microchip driven global economy.

In the first decade of the 21st century, the College completed the largest capital campaign in its history, with a 15,000 square foot library. A key gift of $1.5 million dollars came from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which accounted for the success of the capital campaign for the library. The denomination contributes $450,000 annually. The South Atlantic Episcopal District assists in raising from $85,000 -$100,000 annually during Founders Day.

In 2003 the College received the first competitive grant of $300,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 2007 the institution received major support from the state of South Carolina in the amount of $250,000 for educational enhancement. During that year, the College received another grant from HUD of $400,000, which added to the $400,000 received in 2005, to build homes near the campus for qualified buyers. This total of $800,000 has done much for the City of Rock Hill and the Crawford Road area in upgrading the entire community. Two homes were built and twelve homes for senior citizens were renovated.  In addition, the state of South Carolina provided a grant of $150,000 for a new academic initiative that resulted in establishing the Early Childhood Program.  The College received a Department of Energy grant of nearly 400,000 and $25,000 from the Lutz Foundation in 2009 to renovate the residence halls, Another $2000000 dollar grant was received from the US Department for Energy (DOE) to enhance our science programs.  A total of 45 students have received DOE scholarships and the science laboratories have been renovated.

The institution now looks to build a complex which will, in the words of former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, “transform the College”. This capital improvement will completely reshape the academic footprint of the College. The College will add an academic building that will house classrooms, science laboratories and administrative space. The other parts of the complex will include an athletic fitness arena, and an auditorium/fine arts cultural center. The 62,000 additional square feet will enable the College to position itself for increased growth.

The name of the College was changed from Clinton Junior College to Clinton College  to reflect  the addition of two bachelors programs, one the Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, and the Bachelor’s of Arts in Religious Studies. The enrollment increased 30 percent this year. This is the largest enrollment in the last 15 years.  Our first graduates from the bachelors programs will participate in the 2014 commencement.

To our donors and friends we say thank you for your continued support. To our students you are now a part of a great legacy. We wish you the best.


Dr. Elaine J. Copeland, President          
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