Allen University ranked as second top HBCU in South Carolina

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Allen University was recently ranked as the second top HBCU in South Carolina in the 2020 College Consensus ranking of the Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

This ranking also has Allen University as #22 of the top 50 HBCUs across the United States.

According to its website, the College Consensus method combines information from many rankings and reviews. With the Consensus method, the biases of other rankings are filtered out, leaving a picture of the institutions with the strongest academics, strongest student support community and strongest outcomes.

“Allen University continues to ensure that our students achieve “All That Can Be Imagined,” said President Ernest McNealey. As a student-centered environment, our top priority is creating a conducive environment for our students to excel academically, athletically, and socially.”

McNealey added, “Our faculty is top notch with 83% of faculty members having a terminal degree, and our staff work tirelessly to support the administration, faculty and students.”

For the last three years, Allen’s enrollment has continually increased with the Fall 2019 enrollment at 819 students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. The institution also has 80% of its graduates either employed or in graduate school within six months after graduating.

Continuing to pride itself on being student-centered, Allen is one of the first universities in the country to provide each student with access to digital textbooks at no charge. In addition, the institution recently provided 700 tablets and keyboards to its students as the institution transitions to online instruction.

Looking forward, the institution will begin enrolling students for its newly approved teacher education program in Fall 2020. Additional new programs are the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in Religious Studies. The institution will also begin offering two new online programs in the fall, which are the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Fiscally, the institution has managed to earn a 2.8 ranking on the financial responsibility index scale for the last two years. The scale ranges from -1 to 3, with 3 being the highest score.

According to its website, College Consensus is an essential tool for students looking for a college or university that will best fit their needs.

For more information, please contact Dr. Teesa Brunson, director of development/associate vice president for institutional advancement, at 803-376-5724 or

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