In 1897, Voorhees became the first Historically Black College and University founded by an African-American Woman, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright. The College offers each student a comprehensive general education experience coupled with professional education in the values-centered liberal arts environment that supports educational opportunities designed to help prepare students to function in a diverse and increasingly technological society.
In 1924 the American Church Institutes for Negroes, which was part of the Episcopal Church, agreed to support the school. It was the beginning of a long relationship between the school and the church, an affiliation that continues today. In 1947, the school became Voorhees School and Junior College. In 1962, it was accredited as four-year Voorhees College by the South Carolina Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Voorhees offers smaller class sizes with a 1:10 teacher student ratio, faculty and staff provide a nurturing family-like environment for all students, and the institution is now offering online courses to cater to the needs of non-traditional students. Voorhees also does not charge any out of state tuition fees.