A Surge in Freshman Enrollments at Historically Black Cheyney University

Cheyney University, the historically black educational institution which is one of 14 campuses of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, reports a whopping 46 percent increase in first-year students this fall compared to a year ago. The university has 1,586 freshmen this fall, the largest first-year class in the university’s history.

Suzanne Phillips, vice president for student affairs and student life, attributes the gain to enhanced recruitment efforts, particularly the university’s fall and spring open houses, attended by more than 1,000 prospective students.

The university hopes to boost first-year enrollments to 2,000 by the fall of 2012.