Still receiving questions on race Bob Jones University President Stephen Jones decided to issue the apology because the school still receives questions about its views on race.
The leader of the South Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said the civil rights group welcomed the statement.
In 2008, the university estimated the number of its graduates at 35,000, in 2017, 40,000.
The university's athletic teams, the Bruins, compete in Division II of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
“Bob Jones University, in terms of its role in campaigns, is probably not as strong as it once was.
Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private, non-denominational Protestant university in Greenville, South Carolina, United States, known for its conservative cultural and religious positions.
It has approximately 2,800 students, and it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.
Bob Jones University lost its tax exemption after a 13-year battle with the IRS over whether the university’s policies against interracial dating precluded it as a non-taxable religious educational institution.
The university didn’t admit any black students until 1971, 17 years after Brown vs. It then wouldn’t admit any students who were in a mixed-race marriage and created rules to prohibit students from interracial dating.