Cheyney University of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description

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1837 University Circle, PO Box 200
Cheyney, PA 19319-0200
Tel: (610)399-2000; 800-CHE-YNEY; Admissions: (610)399-2275; Fax: (610)399-2099; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1837. Setting: 275-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Research spending 2002-03: $147,679. Total enrollment: 1,536. Faculty: 111 (83 full-time, 28 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,146 applied, 62% were admitted. Full-time: 1,175 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 76 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 14 states and territories, 5 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 93% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 13% 25 or older, 66% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT II: Subject Tests. Required for some: 3 recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $4598 full-time, $192 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,496 full-time, $479 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $755 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $5383. College room only: $2944. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 41 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Founders' Day, Homecoming, commencement. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 1,300 college housing spaces available; 820 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Leslie Pickney Hill Library with 85,533 books, 601,000 microform titles, 1,526 serials, 1,379 audiovisual materials, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $709,512. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population of the Delaware Valley exceeds 4,716,000. Cheyney's campus looks out on open fields and wooded hills in one of Pennsylvania's most scenic areas, yet the campus is less than an hour from Philadelphia. The summer temperatures range from 70 to 90 degrees, with winter ranges from 20 to 50 degrees. The area is served by bus and railroad. All major religious denominations are represented in town. There are very few shopping facilities in the immediate area. Part-time employment is available in neighboring community.