Black Episcopal Colleges

Jul 02, 2019

There are at least three accredited black Episcopal colleges located in the US. These institutions provide students with an Episcopalian-inspired academic environment. A summary of these three institutions is featured here.

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There are a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and located across the US. Several HCBUs are affiliated with or related to the Episcopal Church and abide by Episcopalian traditions in the running of their institutions. In this article, the key details prospective students are likely to be keen to know about these colleges and universities are outlined.

School Comparison

The table below provides a summary of the basic information about Episcopal-affiliated HCBUs in the US.

School Name Institution Type Location Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
St Augustine's University 4-year, private not-for-profit Raleigh, North Carolina $17,890 per year
Voorhees College 4-year, private not-for-profit Denmark, South Carolina $12,630 per year
Allen University 4-year, private not-for-profit Columbia, South Carolina $12,940 per year

*National Center for Education Statistics

Description of Schools

The US Episcopal Church-affiliated/related HCBUs are private institutions that provide students with varied academic programs. Here, relevant key details are summarized to throw light upon what type of institutions these colleges and universities are. These details include information on student body, accreditation and retention/graduation rates.

St Augustine's University

St Augustine's University (SAU) was founded by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in 1867, and its 105-acre campus is situated a short distance north of Downtown Raleigh. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and maintains a strong affiliation with the Episcopal Church.

The academic infrastructure of SAU consists of three colleges and one division as follows:

  • School of Business, Management and Technology
  • School of Humanities, Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Sciences, Mathematics and Public Health
  • Division of Military Science

In 2017, the student body consisted of 974 students and the student-to-faculty ratio was 12 to 1, reports the NCES. Ninety-eight percent of students received some form of financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year. The retention rate for students in 2016-2017 was 44%, and the overall graduation rate for students starting in Fall 2012 was 31%.

Voorhees College

Voorhees College first opened its doors to students in 1897, although it was known as the Denmark Industrial School back then. In 1962, it was accredited as a four-year college and by then it was known as Voorhees College. Today, the school awards bachelor's degrees under accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. It is affiliated with the Episcopal Church.

Voorhees offers bachelor's degree programs across three departments encompassing subjects such as business and entrepreneurship, humanities and social sciences, and science, technology and health services. Certificate programs are also offered in business topics, IT-related subjects, and child and family. According to the NCES, the student body at Voorhees numbered 475, and the student-to-faculty ratio was 13 to 1 in 2017. The retention rate for 2016-2017 was 55%, and the overall graduation rate for students starting in 2012 was 43%.

Allen University

Allen University was established in 1870 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers several bachelor's degree programs in subject areas such as the biological sciences, mathematics, English, social sciences and music. Additionally, Allen provides a Master of Divinity program for students wishing to pursue a career in ministry.

According to the NCES, the student population numbered 590 and the student-to-faculty ratio was 15 to 1 in 2017. The retention rate for students who started in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 was 36% for full-time students and 67% for part-time students. The overall graduation rate for students who started in Fall 2012 was 31%.

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