Allen University

Allen University

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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Contacting Allen

Allen University
1530 Harden Street
Columbia , SC 29204
General Phone: (803) 254-4165

Allen Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts15English, humanities, social services
Business and Management11business management
Religion and Philosophy10religion
Science5biology, chemistry
Education and Teaching0education, elementary school teaching

Number of programs and degrees for Allen in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4511

Allen Student Body

Allen is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Allen had a total enrollment of 651 students (612 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Black 81%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
Unknown 18%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 37%
20-21 22%
22-24 17%
25-29 7%
30-34 1%
35-39 2%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina78%
North Carolina3%
New York2%
New Jersey2%
West Virginia1%

Allen Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 52 %
Part-Time 50 %

Allen Room and Board (2007)

Allen offers campus housing for 556 of its 612 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbia, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Allen Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,884
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,884
Room and board $ 5,240
Other expenses $ 2,353

Financial Aid:
Allen participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 341700)

Allen Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1814

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$55,5235$58,016
Associate professoracademic year3$37,2351*
Assistant professoracademic year7$46,0157$44,780
Instructoracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year18$47,36014$49,239

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Allen Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Other
Track Other

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):


Allen Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

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What Sets Allen Apart:

Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
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Salaries of full-time faculty
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 7%Allen Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in mathematics
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 9%Allen % of degrees in mathematics
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Allen Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Allen % of degrees in business and management
Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Allen Male % of student body
% of degrees in science
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 13%Allen % of degrees in science
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 19%Allen Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 20%Allen Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in liberal arts
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 20%Allen % of degrees in liberal arts

checked African Methodist Episcopal affiliation
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checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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