Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is a public, co-educational historically black university that is a part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Cheyney University has a 275-acre (1.11 km2) campus that is located in the Cheyney community within Thornbury Township, Chester County and Thornbury Township, Delaware County. It’s nickname is the Wolves and the University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Their colors are blue and white and their motto is Today’s Leaders, Tomorrow’s Leader’s.
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Profile
1837 University Circle, Cheyney, Pennsylvania 19319-0200
Phone: (610) 399-2275
Type: 4-year, Public
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 1,586 (1,508 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16 to 1
- Cheyney University was established on February 25, 1837, through the bequest of Richard Humphreys, making it the oldest institution of higher learning for African Americans.
- At its founding in 1837, the university was named the African Institute.
- Founded as the African Institute, the school was soon renamed the Institute for Colored Youth.
- In 1902 the Institute moved to George Cheyney’s farm, 25 miles (40 km) west of Philadelphia; the name “Cheyney” became associated with the school in 1913.
- In 1983, Cheyney joined the State System of Higher Education as Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
- Cheyney University has a 275-acre (1.11 km2) campus that is located in the Cheyney community within Thornbury Township, Chester County and Thornbury Township, Delaware County.
- Cheyney University has 29 buildings and is located on a bucolic, 275-acre suburban campus. The university boasts a beautiful Historic Quadrangle with buildings dating back to the early 1900’s.
- Students have access to shopping and dining, as well as social, cultural, and recreational activities in Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia.
- Total enrollment: 1,743
- In-state: 1,522
- Other regions: 29 states, 7 international
- Average class size: 15
- Number of faculty members: 140
- Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
- Full-time faculty members: 99
- Part-time faculty members: 41
- Cheyney University’s commitment to teaching and small classes provides the opportunity for each student to learn and to share with others in the educational process.
- The Academic Success Center provides and opportunity for students to receive assistance in their academic endeavors.
- Cheyney University is accredited by:
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
The Commission for Hospitality, and
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- Cheyney University’s Leslie Pinckney Hill Library has a commitment to improving online resources for students using extensive databases including Academic Search Premier and Black Thought and Culture.
- The newly renovated Emien Hall facility on the Historic Quadrangle has been turned into a “Living and Learning” center to integrate academic study with social and residential experiences.
- The Fine Arts Lecture Series brings world renowned speakers and entertainers to campus to lecture and interact with students throughout the year.
- The campus newspaper, television station, radio station, and competitive athletics provide opportunities for advancement both in and out of the classroom.
- The five residence halls at Cheyney accommodate more than 1,200 students in a picturesque and historic campus setting.
Approximate Costs and AID
- Undergraduate in-state tuition (academic year): $5,554
- Undergraduate out-of-state tuition (NJ, NY, DE, and MD residents, academic year): $11,108
- Room and board (academic year): $7,746
- Average additional fees: $1,806
- Scholarships offered: Yes
- Grants offered: Yes
- Loans offered: Yes
- Work-study programs offered: Yes
- Co-ops/internships offered: Yes
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