Founded in 1897 by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright-Menafee, who was barely older than some of today’s students, Voorhees College 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.


Voorhees College 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 College’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.  Learn more about the history of Voorhees College.


Dr. W. Franklin Evans, the 9th President of Voorhees College, has been in the education arena over 25 years and is a proven skilled administrator, professor, experienced fundraiser and grant writer.

“The legacy that was built and left by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright almost 121 years ago, is still being cultivated and realized.  Voorhees College has a proud, stellar history of changing the minds and lives of so many who have entered its hallowed grounds.

As the 9th President of this exceptional historically black institution, it is my belief and expectation that Voorhees College will be nationally recognized as a premier, comprehensive liberal arts institution focused on student success, excellence and integrity.  I will work hard to ensure that a greater emphasis is placed on high performing learners, highly-accomplished faculty and staff, an involved community, and a supportive and dedicated alumni base.

Voorhees is a special place with a proud past and a promising future.  I am excited about the possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead.  Without a doubt, I look forward to working with the entire Voorhees College family to move this institution onward and upward to loftier heights.  Our mission is still student-focused as we aim to provide a holistic education that will prepare each student intellectually, culturally, socially, morally, and spiritually to be global leaders and contributors to an ever-changing, multifarious, and diverse society.

Please join me on this quest to make a difference on this campus, in the community, state, nation, and world.  Together we can do it!  …..Changing minds and changing lives one person at a time!”

W. Franklin Evans, Ph.D.


Voorhees College, 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, 86 miles southeast of Charleston and 53 miles west of Augusta, Georgia. Learn more about our community.


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

Voorhees 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.


The Voorhees College 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. Learn more about our Athletics teams.


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