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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is a public institution that was founded in 1837. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,224, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 275 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,820 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,092 (2013-14).
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Founded in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the oldest of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in America. The founding of Cheyney University was made possible by Richard Humphreys, a Quaker philanthropist who bequeathed $10,000, one tenth of his estate, to design and establish a school to educate the descendents of the African race.
Born on a plantation in the West Indies, Richard Humphreys came to Philadelphia in 1764. Having witnessed the struggles of African Americans competing unsuccessfully for jobs due to the influx of immigrants, he became interested in their plight. In 1829, race riots heightened and it was that year Richard Humphreys wrote his will and charged thirteen fellow Quakers to design an institution: "...to instruct the descendents of the African Race in school learning, in the various branches of the mechanic Arts, trades and Agriculture, in order to prepare and fit and qualify them to act as teachers...."
The school began in Philadelphia as the Institute for Colored Youth and successfully provided free classical education for qualified young people. In 1902, the Institute moved to George Cheyney's farm, 25 miles west of Philadelphia. In 1913, the name was changed to Cheyney State Teachers College; in 1921, the State Normal School at Cheyney; and in 1959, Cheyney State College. In 1983, Cheyney joined the State System of Higher Education as Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
Today, Cheyney University students represent a variety of races, cultures, and nationalities who receive education instruction beyond the vision of Richard Humphreys. Cheyney graduates still become teachers, but students also enter careers such as journalism, medicine, business, science, law, communication, and government service. The university offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and the master's degree in education.
Cheyney University is proud of its more than 10,000 graduates. Well known alumni include journalist Ed Bradley of the CBS program "60 Minutes"; Robert W. Bogle, publisher and CEO of the Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest newspaper continuously owned an operated by an African American; Gladys Styles Johnston, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney; Congressman Curt Weldon who represents the 7th Congressional District (which includes Chester and Delaware Counties); State Representative Michael Horsey who represents the 190th district in Philadelphia County; State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland who represents the 159th district in Delaware County; Robert L. Woodson, Founder and President of the National left for Neighborhood Enterprise (NCNE), Washington, D.C.; Samuel J. Patterson, CEO of Shepard Patterson Systems and Information Consulting Firm; and Ambassador (retired) Joseph M. Segars.
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When applying to Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 15. The application fee at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is $20. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 87.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||87.2%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||June 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is 14:1, and the school has 38.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania include: Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Psychology; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 56 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||10%|
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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,224, with a gender distribution of 48.7 percent male students and 51.3 percent female students. At this school, 58 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 42 percent of students live off campus. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||No|
Paying for School
At Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, 97.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,569.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$8,820 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$13,092 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$11,552 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data