Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the oldest of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in America. Founded by Richard Humphreys in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth, Cheyney University was made possible when Humphreys, a Quaker philanthropist, bequeathed one tenth of his estate, $10,000, to design and establish a school to educate the descendents of the African race.

From its beginnings in Philadelphia as the Institute for Colored Youth, Cheyney University successfully provided free classical education for qualified young people. The institute was moved to George Cheyney's farm, 25 miles west of Philadelphia, in 1902. The name was changed several times: To Cheyney State Teachers College in 1913; to The State Normal School at Cheyney in 1921; and to Cheyney State College in 1959. In 1983, Cheyney joined the State System of Higher Education as Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Cheyney University students today represent a variety of races, cultures, and nationalities and receive education beyond the original vision of Richard Humphreys. Cheyney graduates become teachers and also enter careers in journalism, medicine, business, science, law, communication, and government service.

The university offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and the master's degree in education.

Student lifestyle

The moment you become a Cheyney student, you’ll instantly have more opportunities to discover new things, meet new people, and explore new pursuits than ever before. All you’ll need to do is choose to get involved.

Greek Life 

Cheyney’s Greek-letter organizations encourage high standards of scholarship, promote programs for cultural and social growth, and stress the spirit of Inter-Greek fellowship. They operate under charters granted by the University and their respective national bodies. Membership is open to male and female students above first-year classification.

Campus Student Organisations

  • The Brotherhood
  • Business Club
  • Collegiate 100 – 100 Black Men
  • Criminal Justice
  • CRU/Bible Study
  • Gold Diamonds
  • Hispanic and Latino Organization (HALO)
  • ICONIC Entertainment
  • Mature Addiction
  • Muslim Student Association
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)


A major part of college life is loving where you live. That’s the mission of Residential Life and Housing. We pride ourselvesonresidence hall housing that provides clean, attractive, well-maintained, convenient and safe living environments for our students.

We also encourage Cheyney students to become actively involved in campus life. This helps to foster a comprehensive understanding of social, multicultural human issues and responsibilities through programming, cultural opportunities, and self-governance.


Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Cheyney Rd
19319 Cheyney, PA


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