Cheyney University of Pennsylvania


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Motto :Today’s Leaders, Tomorrow’s Leaders

Type: Public historically black university

Established: 1837; 185 years ago

Parent institution Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Academic affiliations: Space-grant

Chancellor: Karen M. Whitney

Location: Cheyney, Pennsylvania, United States.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is a public historically black university in Cheyney, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1837, it is the oldest historically black college (HBCU).

It is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The university offers bachelor’s degrees[4] and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Built on land donated by the prominent Cheyney family, the university was founded as the African Institute in February 1837 and renamed the Institute of Colored Youth (ICY) in April 1837. Instruction was at the high school level (which at the time was considered advanced) until well into the twentieth century, when Cheyney became a college.

Melrose Cottage, built in 1805.
The African Institute was founded by Richard Humphreys, a Quaker philanthropist who bequeathed $10,000 (equivalent to $259,233 in 2020), one-tenth of his estate, to design and establish a school to educate people of African descent and prepare them as teachers.

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s 2022 Rankings

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is ranked #168-#222 in National Liberal Arts Colleges. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

What GPA do you need for Cheyney?

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The minimum GPA for transferring to Cheyney is 2.0. Education majors must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.8. Official Transcripts: Students must submit an official transcript for all credits that they wish to transfer into Cheyney University.