The Mission of Cheyney University


Established in 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania cherishes its legacy as  America’s first institution for higher learning for African Americans. Our mission is to prepare confident, competent, reflective, visionary leaders and responsible citizens. We uphold our tradition of academic excellence as we maintain our historical commitment to opportunity and access for students of diverse backgrounds. Cheyney University provides a nurturing, intellectually challenging and socially enriching environment.


Cheyney University of Pennsylvania will be recognized as a premier HBCU for the 21st century, whose graduates are respected members of their communities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, nation and the world. Cheyney University graduates will be a diverse group of local, national and international students, who will apply the knowledge and skills gained from our rigorous and challenging academic programs to the advancement of the nation and global community.

We will continue to be a valuable resource contributing to the intellectual, social, economic and cultural development of the Greater Philadelphia region, the Delaware Valley, and beyond.