Office of Admissions
Cheyney University of PA
1837 University Circle
Cheyney, PA 19319-0200


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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Cheyney, Pennsylvania

Cheyney University was founded in 1837 by Richard Humphreys, a Philadelphia Quaker. Since its inception, Cheyney University has continued to educate American and international students above and beyond the vision of Mr. Humphreys. His dream was a school of higher learning for African-American students “in order to prepare and fit and qualify them to act as teachers....” Cheyney University graduates still become teachers, but students also enter such fields as journalism, medicine, business, science, industrial arts, and communications. Today, Cheyney's students represent a variety of races, cultures, and nationalities. It is a coeducational university with an undergraduate enrollment of 1,535 students; 1,420 are full-time and 115 are part-time.

Students are Cheyney University's highest priority. Above all else, the faculty and staff are in the business of developing human potential and talent. Dedicated faculty members work closely with students and demand from them all that is necessary to prepare them for career success and responsible citizenship.

The 275-acre Cheyney campus is situated on rolling hillsides in southeastern Pennsylvania, an area that is changing from rural to suburban. The surroundings, small classes, and modern facilities provide an ideal atmosphere for learning.

Cheyney is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and its programs in education are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Graduate programs in education and teacher certification are offered at Cheyney's Urban Center in Center City Philadelphia.

Location and Community
Cheyney is 25 miles west of Philadelphia. SEPTA bus service is available between the campus, Center City Philadelphia, Chester, and several sites in Delaware County. Lancaster is 1½ hours away, and Harrisburg is 2 hours from Cheyney. Wilmington, Delaware, is 15 miles south of Cheyney; New York City and Washington, D.C., are 2 hours away. The campus is easily accessible via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95.

Academic Life
The completion of 128 semester hours is required for a bachelor's degree. Of the 128 hours, 40 percent are in general education; the remainder are required in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, health and physical education, and electives. Army ROTC is available.

Qualified students may undertake independent study projects and internships. A cooperative education program enables students to work and study in alternate semesters. The Department of Sciences and Allied Health arranges summer research projects for science students at nearby medical colleges. The on-campus Head Start site and Academic Achievement Center offer opportunities for education majors to apply classroom concepts in real-life settings. A University internship program coordinator helps students secure internships and places students in accordance with their degree programs or personal interests.

The Academic Skills Center provides support services through tutors and counselors for students who seek academic support. The First-Year Studies Program ensures that each first-year student has the maximum potential to develop his or her academic skills through a series of placement tests in English, math, and reading.

Cheyney's Honors Program is open to all high school graduates, regardless of year of graduation. Students in the Honors Program are enrolled in several classes as a group and have their own special residence halls, complete with computer rooms and reading rooms. Honors students have opportunities to interact and be identified as a group while also participating in the activities of the overall student community.

Cheyney's faculty members have earned degrees at such diverse institutions as Columbia; Fisk; Howard; Juilliard; Temple; Cheyney University of Pennsylvania; the Universities of California, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin; Nagpur University; Punjabi University; the Universities of Madras and Kerala; and the Sorbonne.

Majors Offered:
Cheyney grants the Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, chemistry, communication arts, computer and information sciences, economics, English, French, general science, geography, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, social relations (criminal justice and sociology), social science, Spanish, and theater arts. The Bachelor of Science degree is granted in business administration (accounting, management, marketing, office administration, small-business management, and tax accounting); clothing and textiles; hotel, restaurant, and institutional management; and recreation. The Bachelor of Science in Education may be earned in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education (majors in biology, business education, chemistry, English, French, general science, mathematics, social studies, and Spanish); home economics; and special education.

Facilities and Resources
The Leslie Pinckney Hill Library houses approximately 200,000 books plus a periodical collection of more than 23,000 bound volumes and 1,100 current subscriptions. Audiovisual media and CD-ROM full-text/images databases, Internet access, and World Wide Web access are available. The library also houses the famed Schomburg Collection of African-American history and culture on microfilm.

Cheyney's Telecommunications Center consists of a 240-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art satellite television capabilities, a cable television control facility, a television studio, and the AT&T Distance Learning and Teleconferencing Center. AT&T has installed twenty fully loaded Pentium computers with network access in the Telecommunications Center. Used primarily for instruction of private and public school teachers in Pennsylvania districts in the use of the Internet, the facility is available for use by Cheyney students.

Cheyney has formed a partnership with Navigation Technologies, a company that designs databases for intelligent transportation, travel, and traffic markets. Students use highly sophisticated technology and programs that create economically efficient and environmentally sound transportation systems.

Students in the clothing and textile major have access to computer-aided design software for the creation of patterns for apparel, upholstery, and interior design, among others.

Campus Life
Living on campus is desirable, particularly for first-year students. Off-campus housing is available in nearby communities. Resident students enjoy a rich cultural and social life as well as a sense of community. Facilities include five dormitories, a full-service dining hall, and a student/alumni center. Student interest groups include a drama club (the Cheyney Players), premedical and prelaw societies, the business club, the chess club, the choir, the band, cheerleading, Latino Students in Action, International Students Association, and about twenty other groups. Several honor societies and Greek-letter organizations are also active.

All students are members of the Student Government Cooperative Association (SGCA), which sponsors many cultural, educational, and social events and brings speakers and performers to the campus. SGCA and other student representatives sit on all University committees. A student representative is also selected to serve on the University's Council of Trustees.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
There are numerous opportunities for on-campus recreation. Cheyney has beautifully situated outdoor tennis, volleyball, basketball, and handball courts. The athletic building houses large and small gymnasiums and an Olympic-size swimming pool. The Cheyney Wolves have won national recognition in women's and men's basketball and in wrestling. Other sports include football, men's and women's tennis and track, and women's volleyball. Cheyney's open-tryout policy allows all interested students to try out for any team, provided that they maintain the grade point average required for participation. Students enjoy a full intramural program.

For the academic year, tuition for Pennsylvania residents was $8,565 for full-time students and $270 per credit hour; for nonresidents it is $12,425 for full-time students and $401 per credit hour. Required fees are $804. Room and board costs are $6,524; room only is $4,023.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
The University makes every possible effort to enable interested and qualified students to take advantage of its educational opportunities. Financial assistance is available in the form of academic scholarships, grants, loans, and the Federal Work-Study Program. Financial aid packages are developed for qualified students based on individual student need. Students wishing to apply for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students should pay strict attention to all state and federal application deadlines.

Admission Requirements / Application
Cheyney University seeks students who have not only academic ability but also talent and diversity. Students are encouraged to provide an overall view of themselves in their application, including extracurricular activities, interests, and academic goals. The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on the basis of secondary school records, SAT or ACT scores, and recommendations from teachers and counselors. As part of the State System of Higher Education, the University gives priority to residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. However, the University welcomes out-of-state and international applicants. The admissions office encourages visits to the campus and arranges tour and information sessions with members of the staff; students should call to make an appointment. Representatives from the admissions office visit many high schools during the year to increase contact with students.

In order to be considered for admission, students must submit a completed admission application, an official copy of the high school transcript, two letters of recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, and a $20 nonrefundable application fee. Transfer students are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended. A completed Dean's Recommendation Form is also required for transfer students.

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