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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!



Cheney University Log

Cheney University of Pennslyvania

Cheney University was founded by Richard Humphreys in 1837. Mr. Humphreys bequeath in his will that 1/10 of his estate ($10,000) was to be used to establish and build a school for African descendant people for a higher education. Mr. Humphrey assigned 13 Friends (Quakers) to established this school. In February, 1837, the school open its doors as the African Institute. Three months later it changed it's name to the Institute of Colored Youth (ICY). The School was first formed in Philadelphia, PA. The school moved 5 times while in Philadelphia. The school attracted the finest African American minds during that time period. ICY first Principal (1852-1855) was Charles L. Reason. The first African American to teach as a Professor at a Predominantly White Institution (Free Mission College/ New York Central College). The Second Principal was Ebenezer Bassett who become the first native born African American to be appointed by a US President to become an Ambassador to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Ebenezer Bassett was the second Principal from1856 to 1869. Fanny M. Jackson-Coppin became the 3rd principal of ICY from 1869 to 1902. She is the first woman to become a school principle. She brought the school from elementary to High School to Normal. In 1902, ICY bought the farm of George Cheney's that is 25 miles west of Philadelphia. The school moved to the site in October, 1903. On May 5, 1905, Booker T. Washington as the Keynote speaker officially open the school. In 1913 Leslie Pinckney Hill became the Principal of ICY, under his leadership for 38 years. The school changed its name several times. In 1914, the named changed to Cheney Training School for Teachers, 1920 State Normal School, Cheney State Teachers College in 1951. Under his leadership the school transform from a high school to a fully accredited College. It grew from 20 students to almost 500 students. In 1959 it became the Cheney State College and 1983 it was changed to Cheney University of Pennsylvania. Cheney today has over 1600 students, 25 undergraduate degrees, and 4 Masters Degrees. This is the first higher learning institution for African Americans. This is the First HBCU in America, A National Treasure.

Cheney University has 6 Academic Departments:                                                                            Athletics
Humanities and Communications                                                                                Men's Sports      Women's Sports
Natural and Applied Science                                                                                           Basketball                Basketball
Social and Behavioral Science                                                                                      Cross Country          Cross Country
Education and Leadership Studies                                                                             Track and Field         Track and Field
Business Administration                                                                                                  Football                       Tennis
Hospitality and Leisure Studies                                                                                                                         Volleyball

Cheney is in the best of both worlds. This institution has the life of college but situated 2 hours south of the school is Washington DC and 2 hours north is New York City. This institution offers several majors or degrees that few schools offer, a major in Fashion Merchandising and Management and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. They also offer Nanotechnology and Marine Biology. These four majors that are offered at Cheney University are Fantastic Career Path opportunities for our young adults in today's society. Cheney University is not only the first HBCU. It is a academic powerhouse that needs to be exposed to our communities around America as well as all of our HBCUs.

Cheney University is a light house with a powerful beacon of light, radiating for all to see. Follow the beacon of light, it will lead you to something great!!!!!

Below is the link to Cheney University Home page:
Cheyney University

Cheney University
University Circle
Cheyney, PA 19319
(610) 399-2000

Below is the link for Cheyney University admissions:
Cheyney's Admission

Office of Admission
1837 University Circle
Cheyney, PA 19319-0200

Below is the Link for Cheyney's Financial Aid Department:
Cheyney's Financial Aid Department

Cheney University Telephone Number:
610-399-2275 or 1-800-CHEYNEY

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