Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

1837 University Circle
Cheyney, PA 19319


Undergraduate: 469
Graduate: 0
Total Headcount: 469

Cheyney University Announces Formation of Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience

Top executives from Thomas Jefferson University and Epcot Crenshaw Corporation joined Gov. Tom Wolf on the campus of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania today as the University announced the formation of the Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience (ICAAE).

Jefferson University and Epcot Crenshaw are among the initial partners in the newly formed institute, which is intended to leverage Cheyney’s reputation and legacy as the nation’s oldest historically black University to study contemporary issues related to race, ethnicity, access and diversity in American society. Starbucks Foundation also will partner with the institute on a future research project.


 Points of Pride

As the nation's 1st HBCU (Historically Black College or University)—Cheyney University has been educating students and transforming lives since 1837.

The Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University provides high achieving students with many academic and professional opportunities.

​Thanks to Cheyney's accredited HRTM (Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management) Program, CU is recognized as one of the 50 most affordable small colleges for Hospitality Administration and Management in the nation.

Cheyney's Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory (AREL) provides aquaponics experience for STEM faculty and students.

​Aaron A. Walton became president of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania on November 14, 2017.

 Notable Alumni

​Robert Bogle ’73 - President/CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest black newspaper in circulation today

​Ed Bradley ’64 - former CBS News journalist of the program 60 Minutes

​Pedro Rivera '01 - Pennsylvania Secretary of Education

​Gladys Styles-Johnston ’63 -  Co-Founder & Director of the Millennium Leadership Initiative, former Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney 

​Robert Traynham ’96 - Political Analyst for MSNBC, Assistant Dean, Georgetown University

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