Allen University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Coppin Hall at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina
Coppin Hall at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. Abductive / Wikimedia Commons

Allen University has open admissions, so any student who has a high school diploma and meets the minimum requirements for admission has the opportunity to study there. However, interested students must still submit an application that includes a high school transcript (or GED certificate) and two letters of recommendation—from a teacher, guidance counselor, and/or member of the clergy. If interested in applying for a scholarships, students may also submit scores from the SAT or ACT.

Students must have a 2.0 GPA for admission. Campus visits are encouraged for all interested students to see if the school would be a good fit for them.

Admissions Data (2016):

Allen University Description:

Founded in 1870, Allen University is a four-year, private university located in Columbia, South Carolina. Allen is a historically black college affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In fact, the university is named after Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The university is home to roughly 650 students with a student / faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The college offers eight majors with 21 concentrations across its academic divisions of Business Administration, Humanities, Religion, and Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Students will find plenty to do on campus with Allen's 30+ clubs and organizations, as well as the school's fraternities and sororities. On the athletic front, the Allen Yellow Jackets compete as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.).

The college has teams for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and volleyball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 600 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46 percent male / 54 percent female
  • 96 percent full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,140
  • Books: $1,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,560
  • Other Expenses: $2,000
  • Total Cost: $22,800

Allen University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97 percent
    • Loans: 95 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,438
    • Loans: $6,666

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, English, Humanities, Social Sciences, Music, Religious Studies, Mathematics, Chemistry

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 48 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 7 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 9 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 18 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

If You Like Allen University, You May Also Like These Schools:

For students interested in another school that's affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, other choices from around the country include Edward Waters College (Florida), Wilberforce University (Ohio), and Paul Quinn College (Texas).

For those looking for a small college or university in South Carolina, be sure to check out Erskine College, Converse College, or Morris College. These schools all have under 1,000 undergraduates, and admissions at each are largely accessible.

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