Cheyney University, founded in 1837, is a historically black university located in Cheyney, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the oldest historically black institution of higher education in the country. Cheyney University has a rich and storied history, rooted in its mission to provide accessible and quality education to African Americans.
Originally established as the African Institute, Cheyney University was founded by Richard Humphreys, a Quaker philanthropist, who bequeathed funds in his will for the education of "the descendants of the African race." The school was later renamed the Institute for Colored Youth and continued to grow in reputation and influence.
Today, Cheyney University is a comprehensive institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in various disciplines, including liberal arts, sciences, education, and business. The university is committed to providing a nurturing and inclusive learning environment that fosters intellectual curiosity, cultural awareness, and personal development.
Cheyney University takes pride in its strong sense of community and its commitment to social justice and equality. It seeks to empower students to become leaders and change-makers in their communities, preparing them for successful careers and meaningful contributions to society.
With its historic legacy, academic excellence, and dedication to social progress, Cheyney University remains a respected institution of higher education, continuing to shape the lives of its students and make a positive impact on the world.
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