Allen University ranked as best African Methodist Episcopal College

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(Columbia, S.C.) – Allen University moved up one spot to land at No. 1 nationally among African Methodist Episcopal Colleges in the United States in the College Factual rankings released on Oct. 3. The 2020 Best African Methodist Episcopal College rankings highlighted Allen University for the excellent education it provides to its students.

“These rankings are an indication of the great things that are happening at Allen University,” said President Ernest McNealey. “Our faculty is top-notch and brings a world of practical experience into the classroom. Our staff works tirelessly to support the administration and faculty, and our students are achieving ‘All That Can Be Imagined’ at Allen University.”

Allen University has seen increases in its enrollment over the past three years, with enrollment now at 819 students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 80% of Allen University graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months after graduation. In addition, Allen University is one of the first universities in the country to provide each student with access to digital textbooks at no charge.

Some of our most recent highlights include enhancing the curriculum with adding the university’s first master’s degree, which is in divinity, expanding athletics with wrestling, success, and the return of Yellow Jackets Football, and showcasing the exceptional talents of students and faculty with performances by the newly added Symphonic Band and Concert Choir. The institution was also recently approved to begin enrolling students for its teacher education program.

“Allen University is not just surviving; we are thriving,” McNealey said. “Seventy-five percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their discipline. This is an exceptional statistic for a small comprehensive institution.”

The institution also managed to earn a 2.8 ranking on the financial responsibility index scale. The scale ranges from -1 to 3, with 3 being the highest score.

Allen University has a $30 million economic impact on Columbia, according to an economic impact study done by UNCF.

“Each class that graduates from Allen will earn almost $220 million, McNealey said. “And of course, the student who persists who stays in school to the end will earn over $1 million more than people who do not. College matters, and this particular institution has a significant financial impact on this community.”

According to its website, College Factual is the deepest resource on the web for insights on U.S. colleges, publishing at least 50 pages of unique insights on over 2,000 colleges and universities. Their mission is to help every student make better education decisions through rankings, match-making tools, and other free resources.

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

Allen University is a Christian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Columbia, South Carolina. Allen provides an environment of academic excellence to heighten students’ chances of succeeding in a culturally diverse and economically global world. Allen maintains accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The university also holds membership with the United Negro College Fund.

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