By: Voorhees University

In his State of the University address, Voorhees University president, Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, predicted a great 2023-24 academic year. And with good reason. 

Speaking to faculty and staff during the annual Fall Institute recently, Hopkins painted the picture of a bright and prosperous future for the year, ensuring them that through individual productivity the university will advance to the next level of excellence in exponential proportions. With the university having recently been approved to offer the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, Hopkins said the university is now poised to provide greater community service and meet the needs of the citizens of Bamberg County and beyond.

He said that the achievements of Voorhees have garnered national attention. “It is one thing for us to internally evaluate our level of success and boast, but it is taken to another level when you get the attention of external organizations,” he said. He was referring to the US News and World Report, a recognized leader in college, graduate school, hospital, mutual fund, and car rankings, who ranked the South Carolina HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) the number one best college in the south, the number two HBCU in South Carolina and number 26 nationwide.  

The United Negro College Fund, a national advocacy organization for private HBCUs, also recognized the level of excellence achieved at the university.  During the UNCF Unite Conference held in Atlanta in July, the Denmark, South Carolina institution was awarded the Institutional Excellence Award in recognition of its commitment to outstanding achievements.    Hopkins credits “the support of the Board of Trustees and the dedicated employees who are inspired by an amazing student body” for the phenomenal success the university is experiencing. 

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility,  #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at