In May 2014, I visited the campus of Allen University in Columbia, SC. Allen University is an African Methodist Episcopal institution, it was planned by the AME church in 1870, created in 1871 as Payne Institute, relocated to Columbia, was chartered and had its name changed in 1880 making it the only college in America named for the founder of the AME Church, Richard Allen. The students of Allen may choose from 8 academic majors and 24 concentrations, multiple newly constructed living learning centers, and a campus mall for shopping and dining.
In addition to the social activities available in South Carolina’s capital city, Allen University is also directly across the street from Benedict College, the HBCU with the largest student body in the state.
Allen has a historic campus, a museum of a library, new residence centers, and an administration building with a beautiful edifice. Allen U.