Allen University, AU, was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1870. Initially known as the Payne Institute, the name was changed to Allen University in 1880 in honor of the founder of the AME Church, Bishop Richard Allen. In the same year, AU moved from its original campus in Cokesbury to the present one in Columbia, South Carolina.
Allen University awards the Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Courses are provided in business administration, chemistry, music, religion, English, biology, mathematics, and social science.
Allen University's sports teams, nicknamed the Yellow Jackets, are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Yellow Jackets participate in basketball, track and field, golf, volleyball, and bowling.
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