Erskine College

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Erskine College
Motto Scienta cum Moribus Conjuncta
Motto in English
Knowledge joined with Morals
Type Private
Established 1839
Endowment US$40.52 million
President Dr. Paul Kooistra
Academic staff
40 full time
Students 575
Address Erskine College
Two Washington Street
P.O. Box 338
Due West, SC 29639
, Due West, SC, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Maroon and Gold          
Nickname Flying Fleet
Affiliations Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Erskine College is a private Christian college in Due West, South Carolina. It offers an undergraduate liberal arts college and a graduate theological seminary. The college was founded in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and its sports teams compete in NCAA Division II as a member of Conference Carolinas.

Early history

Established in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South as an academy for men, the 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.[1][2]

Recent history

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. 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 bea 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. On July 18, 2014, it was announced that Erskine College and Seminary called Dr. Paul Kooistra, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, as their president.[3]

On March 11, 2014, a website article on Outsports detailed the coming out of two male players on the college's volleyball team.[4] On February 27, 2015, Erskine College released statement that students are expected to "follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality."[5][6][7][8]


Erskine College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Minors are offered in several other fields of study. A Christian Education concentration is offered within the Bible and Religion major and special minors are offered in Family Studies, Computer Science, Non-Western Studies, Theater, and Information Technology. The college also offers pre-professional programs in medicine, law, pharmacy, and dentistry. The student to faculty ratio is 12:1.[9]

Although Erskine is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, it was placed on "Warning" status following its most recent decennial accreditation review in December 2013.[10] The College's status was reviewed in December 2014, and the sanction was then escalated to "Probation" status, due to continued failure to comply with accreditation standards related to fiscal stability and institutional effectiveness in student learning outcomes.[11]SACSCOC removed all accreditation sanctions and reaffirmed Erskine’s regional accreditation in December 2015.


Official athletics logo.

Erksine College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Flying Fleet are a member of the Conference Carolinas. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Major buildings

Notable alumni


Members of the class of 2007.

See also


  1. "Bryson College Memorial". Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  2. "Erskine College: Hard To Find, Harder To Leave". Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  3. "Erskine Board Calls Paul Kooistra as President". The Aquila Report. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  4. Zeigler, Cyd (2014-03-11). "Rural South Carolina Div. II volleyball team has two out gay players". Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  5. Samantha Laine (27 Feb 2015). "South Carolina college comes out against homosexuality". Christian Science Monitor.
  6. "South Carolina college denounces homosexuality after two volleyball players come out as gay". Post.
  7. Patrick Foster (27 Feb 2015). "South Carolina college's statement ignites homosexuality furor". USA Today.
  8. Sasha Geffen (27 Feb 2015). "This College In South Carolina Is Trying To Ban Students From Being Gay".
  9. "Academic Excellence". Erskine College. Erskine College. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  10. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (December 19, 2013). "Disclosure Statement Regarding the Status of ERSKINE COLLEGE" (PDF). Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  11. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (December 7, 2014). "Actions taken by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees December 7, 2014" (PDF). Retrieved March 1, 2014. line feed character in |title= at position 47 (help)
  12. WSPA Staff. "Greenville Attorney Ervin To Face Gov. Haley In Republican Primary". Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  13. "Joseph Rodney Moss : Memory Hold The Door | University of South Carolina School of Law". 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.

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Coordinates: 34°19′49.72″N 82°23′25.63″W / 34.3304778°N 82.3904528°W / 34.3304778; -82.3904528

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