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Campus & Student Life at Allen University

Home to about 656 undergraduates in 2020, Allen U is a very small, private university located in Columbia, South Carolina. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Allen U can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Allen U Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Allen U is an "Historically Black College or University" (HBCU)

The Higher Education Act of 1965 established historically black colleges and universities as institutions whose principal mission was the education of African-Americans. Today, the HBCU designation does not necessitate that Allen U is exclusively or even predominantly African-American (though it currently is). Thanks to integration efforts, there are HBCUs with non-black majorities and non-HBCUs with black majorities. For more information you can review the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Allen University is Affiliated With the African Methodist Episcopal Faith.

Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the African Methodist Episcopal faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best African Methodist Episcopal Colleges and Universities.

Allen U Has a Disability Services Site

For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Allen U Disability Services.

Allen U for the Military

While not a "service academy", Allen U does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit Allen U Veteran Services . For more information, check out our Allen U for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Allen University

Allen U offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Allen University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Allen University

Allen U has a comparatively very small, student body. There were 656 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 577 (88.0%). Part-time attendance was 79 (12.0%).


Allen University is Ranked #2,187 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Allen U is less diverse than average in terms of overall diversity. We rank Allen U #2187 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Allen University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Allen U by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Allen U Diversity Guide.

Allen University Competes in the NCAA

Allen U has a total of 42 student athletes, 15 men and 27 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$394,330
Total Expenses (all teams)$394,330

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Allen University Athletics

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