HBCUs in Pennsylvania: The Best Online Degree Programs at HBCUs

Best Online Degree Programs at HBCUs in Pennsylvania

At Best Online HBCUs, we provide comprehensive, unbiased information of the best online undergraduate and graduate degree programs at HBCUs across the United States and HBCUs in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has 224 degree-granting institutions. The state is home to 45 public, 4-year institutions, 18 public, 2-year institutions, 108 private non-profit, 4-year institutions, 13 private non-profit, 2-year institutions, 6 private for-profit, 4-year institutions, and 34 private for-profit, 2-year institutions. There were 567,521 undergraduate students enrolled in associate's and bachelor's degrees, and 145,246 students enrolled in master's and doctoral degrees in fall 2018.

Of the 224 institutions, two are HBCUs. These two institutions enrolled 2,842 students: 2,588 in undergraduate programs and 254 in graduate programs. Both of the Pennsylvania HBCUs are listed below. Take your time to discover more about each institution and what they can offer for your career objectives. Since we are focused on distance education, we have provided more details about the best online degree programs at those institutions.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

On February 25, 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania became the nation’s first Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The University was established through the bequest of Richard Humphreys, a Quaker philanthropist who bequeathed $10,000 — one-tenth of his estate — to design and establish a school to educate people of African descent and prepare them as teachers.

First known as the African Institute, the school was soon renamed the Institute for Colored Youth. In its early years, it provided training in trades and agriculture, which were the predominant skills needed in the general economy.

In 1902, the Institute was relocated to George Cheyney’s farm, a 275-acre property just 25 miles west of Philadelphia. The name “Cheyney” became associated with the school in 1913, though the school’s official name changed several times during the 20th century.

Public, 4-Year

Sector

466

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

11

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Lincoln University

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Lincoln University

Originally established as The Ashmun Institute, Lincoln University received its charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on April 29, 1854, making it the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

In October 1853, the Presbytery of New Castle approved Dickey’s plan for the establishment of “an institution to be called Ashmun Institute, for the scientific, classical and theological education of colored youth of the male sex.”

On April 4, 1866, the institution was re-named Lincoln University in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. At that time, Dickey then proposed to expand the college into a full-fledged university and to enroll students of “every clime and complexion.” Law, medical, pedagogical and theological schools were planned in addition to the College of Liberal Arts.

Public, 4-Year

Sector

2,122

 Undergraduate Enrollments

254

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

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