Today, Allen’s vision is to “prepare leaders who are skilled in communication, critical thinking, and who demonstrate high moral character.” The school’s aim is to provide a stimulating academic environment to enhance their students' educational progress and to prepare them to achieve in a culturally diverse global economy. Five buildings on the Allen University campus have been officially awarded “Historic District Status” by the United States Department of the Interior.
Allen University is on a semester system and confers Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in eight academic majors: biology, business administration, chemistry, English, mathematics, music, religion and social science. The university emphasizes personalized instruction and students at Allen are encouraged to supplement their academic program with practical work experience. As of fall term 2008, Allen’s student body numbered 727. This was the largest enrollment in the history of the institution. About 80% of Allen students enrolled during the 2008-2009 academic year were residents of the state of South Carolina.
The online education program is the most recent addition to the Allen University curriculum. This program is designed to meet the educational goals of traditional day students as well as adult professionals who already hold degrees.
Faustine C. Jones-Wilson, Charles A. Asbury, Margo Okazawa-Rey, D. Kamili Anderson, Sylvia M. Jacobs & Michael Fultz, Encyclopedia of African-American Education (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996); Toni Hodge-Wright, The Handbook of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Seattle: Jireh and Associates, 1992); Allen University website, http://www.allenuniversity.edu/.
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