|Motto||We Teach The Mind To Think, The Hands To Work, The Heart To Love|
|Type||Private, historically black university|
|African Methodist Episcopal Church|
|President||Dr. Ernest McNealey|
|Students||630 (Fall, 2020)|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||NAIA – AAC|
|Sports||10 varsity sports|
Allen University is a private historically black university in Columbia, South Carolina. It has more than 600 students and still serves a predominantly Black constituency. The campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Allen University Historic District.
Allen University was founded in Cokesbury in 1870 as Payne Institute by ministers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, including John M. Brown. Its initial mission was to provide education to freedmen, former African American slaves and their children.
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 related to other Methodist 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, who were considered critical to the progress of African Americans. Over the years, it 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. These degrees are awarded in the following divisions and departments:
- 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 in its annual College Guide edition that the school had a six percent graduation rate. In 2018, Allen University launched its first graduate program, the Dickerson-Green Theological Seminary.
|Location||1530 Harden St., Columbia, South Carolina|
|NRHP reference No.||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 are included in what is designated as 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 has made it the site of countless organizations' and community events.
The auditorium was the site of the meeting of educators and lawyers to initiate efforts that led to the landmark US Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education (1954) on school integration. Nationally known musicians and artists, including Leontyne Price, Brook Benton and Langston Hughes, have performed in the auditorium. Notable speakers include: Mary McCleod Bethune, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Reverend Jesse Jackson, George Elmore, John H. McCray, and Senator Strom Thurmond. The auditorium was named in honor of Bishop William D. Chappelle, an Allen University President. On April 14, 1975, Chappelle Administration Building was recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Chappelle Administration Building was designed by John Anderson Lankford (1874-1946), who is known as the "Dean of Black Architects". It is a National Historic Landmark. Lankford also served as the official architect of the AME Church.
- Adams Gymnatorium
- Arnett Hall
- Chappelle Administration Building (a National Historic Landmark)
- Coppin Hall
- Counseling Center
- Dickerson-Green Theological Seminary House
- 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 on-campus student 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
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||Mu Sigma||ΜΣ|
|Phi Beta Sigma||ΦΒΣ||Alpha Omicron||ΑΟ|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||ΣΓΡ||Beta Iota||ΒΙ|
|Zeta Phi Beta||ΖΦΒ||Lambda||Λ|
Allen University athletic teams compete as the Allen Yellow Jackets. Men's sports include basketball, football, track and field, and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. The university also fields a co-ed competitive cheerleading team.
Beginning in the 2020-21 academic year, the Yellow Jackets will compete as a provisional member of Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They will compete alongside their next-door rival, the Benedict Tigers, in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Yellow Jackets will complete the reclassification process and be considered full members of Division II in 2023.
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