Institutional Profile


Allen University, founded in 1870, is a private, Christian, liberal arts, Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU), located in Columbia, South Carolina. Allen University is named after Richard Allen, the remarkable founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Allen University, recognized as the first university in South Carolina founded by African Americans for the education of African Americans, is also the first university named after an African American and created out of the AME Church’s desire to educate newly freed slaves to ensure a well-trained clergy. Initially, Allen University focused on training ministers and teachers but, over the years, has enlarged its scope to produce graduates in other academic areas. The University is committed to providing the highest quality of instruction to its students.


Allen University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Allen University.

Mission Statement

Allen University is an academic community which provides students an opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree in liberal arts and professional programs. The University has a strong unalterable commitment to teaching in delivery of its baccalaureate programs.


Allen University is a Christian Liberal Arts institution whose purpose is to prepare leaders who are skilled in communication, critical thinking, and who demonstrate high moral character. Our aim is to provide an environment of academic excellence in order to heighten our student’s chances of succeeding in a culturally diverse and economically global world. Allen University desires to follow a Total Life Curriculum model, which addresses preparation of the whole person for life service.

Allen’s motto, “We teach the mind to think, the hand to work and the heart to love” captures the essence of what it means to prepare the whole person for life service. We seek to develop the intellect, the spirit and the body as we bring our students into a climate designed for success. Successful development of each student is our goal. Allen believes that faith plays a major role in developing one’s character. Therefore, our curriculum includes principles and practices of the historical beliefs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Core Values

Allen University’s core values are selected principles that govern our behavior and operation as an organized body:

Integrity: Allen University seeks to practice truth and propriety in our personal and corporate practices and relationships.

Accountability: Allen University accepts its responsibility to be consistent in sound practices, loyal in reference to duties, agreements, obligations and relationships.

Respect: Allen University aspires for its faculty, staff and students to live and work in harmony with peers, by respecting each individual’s right to exist, think and speak in an appropriate manner. The dignity of each one will be honored by all.

Excellence: Allen University is committed to the vigorous pursuit of excellence in our educational endeavors.

Faith: Allen University is a Christian liberal arts institution of higher learning under the auspices of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


Blue and Gold


Fighting Yellow Jacket

Alma Mater

Allen to thee, we lift our hearts and voices,
Allen to thee, life’s choicest gifts we pray,
And ever as we leave thy dear walls and halls so steeped in glory,
Guard well thy children; guard and guide us on our way.
Guard well thy children; guard and guide us on our way.
When other sons so true and daughters loyal,
Shall to their alma maters shout praises free,
We, too, shall ever stand at thy side, and sing aloud forever,
Allen, fair mother, we pledge our love to thee.
Allen, fair mother, we pledge our love to thee