Founded as the African Institute in 1837, Cheyney University is the oldest African American school of higher education. The school was established by a Quaker philanthropist, Richard Humphreys, who was responding to concern about the troubles that free African Americans faced when trying to make a living. Cheyney University began granting degrees in 1913, and offers baccalaureate and masters programs an in a wide range of academic disciplines. Located in the historic Cheyney community, which was part of the original land grant given to William Penn and later became Cheynye’s Farm, the campus has brought student living to a pastoral setting that many students find ideal for their period of study.
Those in student housing at Cheyney University may enroll in any of more than 30 undergraduate disciplines, as well as a master’s degree program in education. The university is split into two schools: The School of Arts and Sciences and The School of Education and Professional studies. Though Cneyney’s teacher’s education program has traditionally been its strongest and most popular department, graduates also commonly enter careers in medicine, business, science, law, communications, government services and journalism, such as Ed Bradley from CBS’s 60 minutes.
Cheyney University fosters an intimate community, partially with its student housing arrangements. Some students opt to expand into the Cheyney area by renting a university apartment. The rustic location allows those in off campus housing to enjoy a town that is centered around the Cheyney Squire Farm Park, Pete’s Produce Farm, and the Goos Creek Grill.
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