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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

  • Cheyney, PA
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 52%48%
    student ratio
  • 1,179
    total students
  • $6,820 | $11,254
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 31
    fall application deadline
  • 87%
    acceptance rate
  • Minimally Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 379
    sat math
  • 378
    sat reading
  • 337
    sat writing
  • 16
    act composite


A Liberal Arts College With a Rich History and a Bright Future

Founded in 1837, Cheyney University is known as the first institution for higher learning for African Americans. Established through a bequest of Quaker philanthropist Richard Humphreys as the Institute for Colored Youth, Cheyney University is one of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Today Cheyney University serves students of diverse races, cultures and nationalities, offering over 30 undergraduate degree and several master's degree programs.

Cheyney graduates occupy prominent positions in the fields of journalism, government, medicine, business, science and law. CU graduates include Ed Bradley from the CBS program "60 Minutes" and Philadelphia Tribune publisher Robert Bogle, Ambassador Joseph Segars and Congressman Curt Weldon.

Located in historic Cheyney, Pennsylvania, the picturesque campus is home to over 1,100 students. With more than 40 student organizations and 11 Division II NCAA -- PSAC athletic teams, students enjoy a thriving academic community and social opportunities at a liberal arts college committed to community service.

Academic Schools, Majors and Degrees

The Cheyney University School of Arts and Sciences offers a wide range of Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs in both traditional and emerging fields of study. The School offers, among other things, Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Theatre Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Arts, General Science, Liberal Studies, Math, Political Science, Psychology, English, Social Relations, Social Science and Geographic Information Science. Bachelor of Science degrees offered include Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, and Computer Science. Concentrations in Art, Music, Theatre, and Gospel Music are also available.

The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences offers Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, General Science and Computer and Information Science.

The School of Education and Professional Studies has a long legacy of providing the state with teachers of color, as during much of the 20th century Cheyney University was a teacher training institute. Today, the school offers a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. The department also offers a principal certification program and Master of Education degrees in educational leadership and special education. Other Bachelor of Science degrees offered include Business Administration, Fashion Marketing and Management, Recreation and Leisure Management and Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management.

An Emphasis on High-Demand Occupation STEM Fields

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania strives to train students for high-demand occupations in the fields of science, technology and mathematics (STEM). The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences offers B.S. degree programs in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, marine biology, and general science, as well as an A.S. degree program in the emerging field of nanotechnology.

The University is home to NSF-BEAMS, a project funded by the National Science Foundation through a $2.5 million grant. The project, intended to support STEM education for underrepresented minorities, trains students in the use of equipment and technologies, assists students in securing paid summer internships and year-long research opportunities at partner institutions, and arranges workshops for students conducted by graduate and health professional schools and businesses.

The Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory

Cheyney University houses the Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory (AREL). This special facility enables marine biology majors to specialize in aquaculture, the growing of aquatic plants and animals in controlled environments. Students can participate in research programs in urban aquaculture, fish physiology, and nutrition, which is an emerging field.

Professional Studies

The School of Education and Professional Studies encompasses three departments. In addition to its Education curriculum, Hospitality and Leisure Studies offers a B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management degree program and a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Management degree program. The Department of Businesses Administration provides both a B.S. in Business Administration degree program and a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Management degree program. Opportunities for participation in internships, conferences and external activities enrich student experiences

The Keystone Honors Academy

The Keystone Honors Academy (KHA) enriches academic life at Cheyney University. KHA provides scholarships, research internships, and study abroad opportunities. It organizes visits to historical sites and cultural events. The Academy hosts speakers of international renown such as Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, and Cornell West. KHA students place into prestigious graduate schools, often receiving full scholarships.

Vibrant Campus Life

Cheyney University is home to interfaith groups, Greek organizations, honor societies, and an active student government that provides a voice regarding policies that impact student welfare and that funds clubs and co-curricular activities.

Students also participate in and enjoy men's basketball, football, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field teams, and women's basketball, bowling, cross country, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, and cheerleading teams.

Financial Aid at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Cheyney University awards financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. CU students are eligible for the need-based Pennsylvania State Grant Program, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program for future educators, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Federal Pell Grant.

Location & Contact

1837 University Circle, PO Box 200
PA 19319

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


87% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,451
    • Accepted1,273
    • Acceptance Rate87%
    • Enrolled1,179
    • Female Applicants808
    • Females Accepted713
    • Female Acceptance Rate88%
    • Male Applicants643
    • Males Accepted560
    • Male Acceptance Rate87%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman2.50
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 31st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Not Reported
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 378 340 420
    • SAT Math 379 330 430
    • SAT Writing 337 320 400
    • ACT Composite 16 14 16
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$6,820
    • Out-of-state tuition *$11,254
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$2,270.00
    • Room and board *$8,660.00
    • Room only *$5,008.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,179
    • Male Student Percentage48%
    • Female Student Percentage52%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.75%
    • Black or African American88.3%
    • White or Caucasian1.02%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.34%
    • Asian.08%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.08%
    • Two or more races3.31%
    • Unknown2.12%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students22% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 74%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations National Council of Negro Women, Student Government Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Gospel Choir, Modern Men
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Volleyball No Division 2 Yes


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty84
    • Full-time Percentage75%
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio16:1 or 1,136 students to 70 faculty




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