allen logoAllen University is a private, coeducational historically Black university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Allen University has over 600 students and still serves a predominantly Black constituency was founded in 1870. It’s nickname is Yellow Jackets and the University is a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Their colors are Blue and Gold and their motto is We Teach The Mind To Think, The Hands To Work, The Heart To Love.

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1530 Harden Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29204
Phone: (803) 254-4165
Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered: Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:
City: Midsize
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 848 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 24 to 1


Rev. William D. Watley
Rev. William D. Watley
  • Allen University was founded in Cokesbury in 1870 as Payne Institute.
  • In 1880, it was moved to Columbia and renamed Allen University in honor of Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • The University managed to keep its doors open during the Great Depression and added the Departments of Science and Languages in 1930.
  • The Departments of Humanities, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion were added to the existing curricula in 1945.
  • The campus saw major physical expansion from 1940 to 1950, with the construction and acquisition of several buildings.


Buildings such as Arnett Hall, the Chappelle Administration Building, Coppin Hall, the Joseph Simon Flipper Library, and the Canteen Building occupy the Allen University Historic District, listed in 1975 on the National Register of Historic Places.


The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees through various school.
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  1. Division of Humanities
    • Department of English
    • Department of Social Science
    • Department of Music
  2. Division of Mathematics and natural Sciences
    • Department of Biology
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Mathematics
  3. Division of Business Administration
    • Department of Business Administration
  4. Division of Religion
    • Department of Religion

Source: Allen University

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