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.

Allen University, recognized as the first university in South Carolina founded by African Americans for the education of African Americans, is also the first university named after an African American and 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. The University is committed to providing the highest quality of instruction to its students.  

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

Allen University alumni continue to prove to the world, even in the present century, that African Americans can and do produce worthwhile and needed services in the governmental forces of our state and nation. As a result of the type of training offered at Allen University, several alumni have been elected, served and are still serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.




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