Historic Coppin Hall
|Motto||We Teach The Mind To Think, The Hands To Work, The Heart To Love|
|Religious affiliation||African Methodist Episcopal Church
|President||Dr. Lady June Cole|
|Location||Columbia, South Carolina, United States|
|Former names||Payne Institute|
|Colors||Blue and Gold
|Athletics||National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics|
|Sports||Basketball, Cheerleading, Track, Volleyball|
|Affiliations||Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
Allen University is a private, coeducational historically Black university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Allen University has over 600 students and still serves a predominantly Black constituency. It is experiencing financial troubles and has been placed on "warning status" by its regional accreditor the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Allen University was founded in Cokesbury in 1870 as Payne Institute. Its initial mission was to provide education to freed African American slaves. In 1880, it was moved to Columbia and renamed Allen University in honor of Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The university remains connected to the denomination, which is in the Methodist family of churches. As one of two black colleges located in Columbia, Allen has a very strong presence in the African American community. Allen University initially focused on training ministers and teachers, and over the years has enlarged its scope to produce graduates in other academic areas.
The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees through various school.
- Division of Humanities
- Department of English
- Department of Music
- Division of Social Sciences
- Division of Mathematics and natural Sciences
- Department of Biology
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Mathematics
- Division of Business Administration
- Division of Religion
In 2010, Washington Monthly reported that the school had a six percent graduation rate in its annual College Guide edition.
Chappelle Administration Building
|Location||1530 Harden St., Columbia, South Carolina|
|NRHP Reference #||75001705|
|Added to NRHP||April 14, 1975|
Buildings such as Arnett Hall, the Chappelle Administration Building, Coppin Hall, the Joseph Simon Flippen Library, and the Canteen Building occupy the Allen University Historic District, listed in 1975 on the National Register of Historic Places. Several of the district's buildings were restored using $2.9 million in funds obtained through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Building Restoration and Preservation Act. Chappelle Auditorium's seating capacity of 700 made it home to countless organizations and community events. The auditorium was the site of the meeting that initiated the efforts led to the landmark case Brown vs. the Board of Education. Nationally known musicians and artists, including Leontyne Price, Brooks Benton and Langston Hughes performed in the auditorium. Other notable appearances include: Mary McCloud Bethune, Reverend Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Reverend Jesse Jackson, George Elmore, John H. McCray and Senator Strom Thurmond.
Chappelle Auditorium is one of many buildings included in the Allen University Historic District, which is bounded by Taylor, Harden, Hampton and Pine Streets. It was designed by John Anderson Langford (1874-1946), who has been heralded as the 'Dean of Black Architects,’ and served as the official architect of the AME Church. The auditorium was named in honor of Bishop William D. Chappelle, an Allen University President. On April 14, 1975, Chappelle Auditorium was recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior and placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.
- Adams Gymnatorium
- Arnett Hall
- Chappelle Administration Building (also a National Historic Landmark)
- Coppin Hall
- Counseling Center
- Flippen Library
- Higgins Hall
- Mance House
- Reid Hall
- Richard Allen Apartments
- Williams Living and Learning Complex
Allen University is the home of more than 15 students on-campus organizations.
Academic Organizations/Honor Societies
- Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society
- Chi Pi Chapter
- Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences
- South Carolina Nu Chapter
- Phi Beta Lambda
- Sigma Phi Omega
Civic, Religious and Social Organizations
- NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
- B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters In Christ)
- Global Outreach Campus Ministries
- Chic Republic
- Allen University Chorale
- Gospel Choir
- Allen University Cheerleaders
- AU NAACP
- Groove Phi Groove
- Students for Positive Change
- Yellow Jacket CARES
- Chuck Phi Chuck
Leadership and Development Organizations
- Student Government Association
- Student Activities Board
- Allen University Student Ambassadors
- Pre-Alumni Association
- Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team
- Allen University Chorale
- Mu Omicron Chi Leadership and Development Fraternity Inc.
National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||ΑΚΑ||Mu||M|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||ΑΦΑ||Gamma Gamma||ΓΓ|
|Delta Sigma Theta||ΔΣΘ||Gamma Pi||ΓΠ|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||ΚΑΨ||Beta Rho||ΒΡ|
|Omega Psi Phi||ΩΨΦ||Nu Sigma||ΝΣ|
|Phi Beta Sigma||ΦΒΣ||Alpha Omicron||ΑO|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||ΣΓΡ||Beta Iota||ΒΙ|
|Zeta Phi Beta||ΖΦΒ||Lambda||Λ|
Allen University teams, nicknamed athletically as the Yellow Jackets, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). The Yellow Jackets formerly competed in the now-defunct Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (EIAC). Men's sports include basketball; while women's sports include basketball and volleyball.
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