Cheyney University, located in the suburban area of Cheyney, Pennsylvania, is a historically significant institution, renowned for being the oldest historically black college or university (HBCU) in the United States, with its founding in 1837. Initially established as the African Institute, it quickly changed its name to the Institute for Colored Youth and has played a pivotal role in African American education, particularly during a time when such opportunities were nonexistent. Today, Cheyney University continues its legacy with an enrollment of 697 students, offering a range of bachelor’s degree programs.
The university's motto, "Today's Leaders, Tomorrow's Leaders," reflects its enduring commitment to shaping future generations of leaders. Cheyney University is particularly known for its programs in Business Administration and Management, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Biology, and Communication. The campus, which offers campus housing, provides a nurturing and supportive environment for its students.
The university's spirit is embodied in its mascot, the Wolves, and its colors, blue and white. In athletics, Cheyney University competes in NCAA Division II as part of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), with its athletic teams known as the Wolves. Cheyney University stands as a beacon of educational excellence and historical significance, continuing to empower students through education and leadership development.
NCAA Division II - Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)
Team Name: Wolves