Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Admissions Overview:

Since Cheney University has open admissions, any student has the opportunity to study there, as long as he or she has completed high school (or the GED). Prospective students still need to apply to the school, and can do so by visiting the school's website. Students should fill out an application form, submit high school transcripts, and send in scores from the SAT or ACT.

Admissions Data (2016):

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Description:

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is a public, four-year university located in Cheyney, Pennsylvania (see all Philadelphia area colleges). Founded in 1837, CU has a rich history as the oldest Historically Black College or University in the nation. CU is home to about 1,200 students with a student/faculty ratio of 16 to 1. The university offers baccalaureate degrees in over 30 areas of study between the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Education and Professional Studies. To keep students engaged outside of the classroom, CU is home to a variety of student clubs, organizations, and intramural sports. CU also has an active Greek life with four sororities and five fraternities. When it comes to intercollegiate athletics, CU competes in the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with sports including men’s football, women’s bowling, and men’s and women’s track and field.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 746 (709 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,356 (in-state); $17,452 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,852
  • Other Expenses: $2,850
  • Total Cost: $27,558 (in-state); $33,654 (out-of-state)

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 89%
    • Loans: 90%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,693
    • Loans: $6,726

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 65%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 51%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 5%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 16%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

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

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Mission Statement:

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"Established in 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania cherishes its legacy as America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. Our mission is to prepare confident, competent, reflective, visionary leaders and responsible citizens. We uphold our tradition of academic excellence as we maintain our historical commitment to opportunity and access for students of diverse backgrounds. Cheyney University provides a nurturing, intellectually challenging and socially enriching environment."

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