Allen University

Why Allen? Because we have a lot to offer. Dedicated faculty, real world experience, a caring community, and all-inclusive tuition. Come be a part of a growing HBCU that has strong, historical roots.

Allen University, founded in 1870, is a private, Christian, liberal arts, historically black college and university (HBCU), located in Columbia, SC. Allen University is named after Richard Allen, the remarkable founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church; the first university named after an African American. The institution is recognized as the first university in South Carolina founded by African Americans for the education of African Americans was created out of the AME Church’s desire to educate newly freed slaves to ensure a well-trained clergy. Initially, Allen University focused on training ministers and teachers but, over the years, has enlarged its scope to produce graduates in other academic areas. 

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Allen University prepared me in arenas beyond my academic major… The sky is the limit all because I graduated from Allen University.

Mildred Weathers McDuffie, Class of 1957

Mildred Weathers McDuffie, Class of 1957


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