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Cheyney and Creek Roads
Cheyney, Pennsylvania 19319-0200
Main Phone: (610) 399-2275
Main Contact: Michael Taylor

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1837 by Richard Humphreys, a Philadelphia Quaker, Cheyney University is America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. Today, Cheyney University leverages that rich history of providing access to higher education for all students and by producing visionary leaders and responsible citizens. Cheyney graduates are successful, talented individuals, and some of the most well-known include 60 Minutes journalist, Ed Bradley and Dominique Curry of the St. Louis Rams. Cheyney University is in the business of developing human potential and talent and does so through an intellectually challenging environment and personal attention to every student – a hallmark of the Cheyney experience.

The University’s 275-acre campus of rolling hillsides in southeastern Pennsylvania is located only 25 miles from Philadelphia. The heart of the campus is its historic quadrangle with buildings dating back to the early 1900s. The campus is complimented by five residence halls including a new 400-bed suite-style residence hall. The newly established Center of Excellence in Communications Media, Fine Art and Entertainment Arts boasts of two theatres for the performing arts, Dudley Theatre and the recently renovated Marian Anderson Music Center; as well as a state-of-the art graphic design lab. Further, the University is complimented by a library; an Aquaponics Greenhouse, dining hall, snack bar, fitness center, student union, and multiple athletic facilities. Cheyney University also has a location in downtown Philadelphia, which primarily houses the University’s graduate degree programs and serves as a commuter campus for Philadelphia residents.

Approximately 1,200 students choose from more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and participate in more than 40 clubs, societies and student organizations. Further, the University has implemented the University College Model for freshmen and sophomore students, enhancing student engagement and establishing a critical link between residence life and academics. The model carefully monitors students’ academic progress, social skills and social maturity via appropriately arranged advising, mentoring, counseling and career services.

The University is an NCAA Division II institution with 12 intercollegiate sports teams. The campus includes two training facilities, O’Shield’s Stevenson Stadium (football and track) and Cope Hall (volley ball, basketball and swimming). Our student-athletes will be viewed as students first, and only then as athletes. The department will focus on providing graduates who are successful, well rounded and prepared to make positive contributions to society.
Academics achievements in the classroom, together with the development of character, individual and team skills, the will to win, and a sense of fair play and sportsmanship in athletic competition determines distinction in intercollegiate athletics programs.

Cheyney University is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 1660
Graduate Population: 148
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $8404
Out of State Tuition: $17942
Room & Board: $8910
Applications Due: N/A. ($25)
Conference: PSAC
Mascot: Wolves
Accreditations: MSACS,
Online Classes: yes
Percent Men: 46%
Percent Women: 54%

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Majors Offered
Department of Business, Education and Professional Studies
-Business Administration
-Recreation and Leisure Management
-Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
-Early Childhood Education
-Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) and Special Education (PreK-8)
Department of Humanities
-Liberal Studies
Department of Natural and Applied Sciences
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
-Social Relations
Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choir, Choral Groups, Civic Organizations, Dance, Faith-based Organizations, Fraternities, Honors Program, Intramural Sports, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Radio Station, Social Clubs, Sororities, Student Newspaper, Television Station
College History
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. However, the name was changed several weeks later to the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY). In subsequent years, the university was renamed Cheyney Training School for Teachers (July 1914), Cheyney State Teacher’s College (1951), Cheyney State College (1959), and eventually Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1983).

Today, Cheyney University students represent a variety of races, cultures, and nationalities who receive quality instruction beyond the original vision of Humphreys.
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News and Upcoming Events at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

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