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About Eastern University

Eastern University is a co-educational, comprehensive Christian university that integrates faith, reason and justice for its 3,616 students. This university located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offers undergraduate and graduate programs for college students, and strives to provide the very best. Eastern is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and has an interdenominational Christian student body, faculty and administration.


Eastern At A Glance


Full-time Faculty

Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio

Average Entering GPA in Honors College


St. Davids, PA: A scenic 114-acre suburban main campus just west of Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA: Esperanza College; Campolo College; Falls Center

Harrisburg, PA: Campolo College site

Valley Forge, PA: Palmer Seminary site

Ripley, WV: Palmer Seminary offers the Master of Divinity here.

Rwanda, Africa: The Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers two programs in Rwanda.

*Additional instructional sites at numerous suburban and international locations.

Mission Statement

Eastern is a Christian university dedicated through teaching, scholarship, service, spiritual formation, student development and societal involvement to the preparation of undergraduate, graduate and Seminary students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith and service. Read more here.

The College of Arts and Sciences

Eastern's College of Arts and Sciences offers 36 majors and 37 minors.

Undergraduate Student at Eastern University
Templeton Honors College Students

The Templeton Honors College

The Templeton Honors College offers graduate-style undergraduate education for the most academically-gifted students.

Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies Student
Palmer Theological Seminary Students

Palmer Theological Seminary

Palmer Theological Seminary offers degrees and programs for women and men serving the church.

Esperanza College of Eastern University

Esperanza College is Eastern’s junior college which operates in partnership with Nueva Esperanza, Inc. and aims to serve the Latino community in Philadelphia, PA.

Esperanza College Student


Calendar: A two-semester academic year, fall and spring, with two summer sessions. Adult and graduate programs offered throughout the calendar year.

Academic Programs and Degrees: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (for registered nurses and second degree students), Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Master of Education, Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Ministry.

Undergraduate: 45 majors and 37 minors; 11 Education Certifications; 7 Pre-Professional programs, including dental, medical, occupational, physical, physician assistant, podiatric, and veterinary.

Graduate: 22 Master's Programs and 3 Doctoral Programs in CCGPS; 4 Master's Programs and 2 Doctoral Programs in Palmer Seminary.

Study Abroad: Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, universities including Oxford University and the University of St. Andrews, student teaching, and various other programs.

Eastern University offers many Online and Blended Online Programs.


  • 146 full-time University & Seminary faculty
  • 80% (Arts and Sciences) hold earned doctorates or highest professional degree
  • Over 300 faculty publications

Honors and Recognition

Alumni and faculty of Eastern University have received the MacArthur Foundation Award, Olaf Palma International Justice Award, Regional Emmy for PBS Documentary, and Lindback Awards for Excellence in Teaching.


  • Surveys like the Student Satisfaction Inventory administered annually to ensure continual improvement of student services.
  • Undergraduate retention rate of 80%

SAT Scores of First-year Students

Mean: 1056

Templeton Honors College: High school grade-point-average 3.82; mean of 1331 SAT scores.

International and Multi-ethnic Enrollment: 43.6% of all undergraduates (including Esperanza).


Library Resources

Harold C. Howard Center/Warner Memorial Library: ranked “A” by the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries. Houses 165,000 books; 850,000 micro forms; and 19,000 audio-visual materials. Access to over 17,000 online periodicals through databases EBSCOhost, SAGE,  Proquest. Over 65 million books available by Interlibrary Loans.

St. Davids Facilities

  • Eight Academic and Administrative Buildings
  • The Bradstreet Observatory and Julia Fowler Planetarium
  • Residential: Eight residence halls house 1,200 students on campus.
  • Athletic: Gymnasium, tennis courts, pool, multi-purpose baseball field, softball field, turf soccer/lacrosse and practice field


Financial Aid

96% of students receive academic and need-based scholarships and grants.

Tuition and Costs

2015/2016: College of Arts and Sciences

$30,250 for tuition
$340 for Fees (plus $50 for one time transcript fee for entering students)
$10,188 for on-campus room and board

For tuition information Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, call 1-800-732-7669 or 1-800-597-9324; for Palmer Seminary programs, call 1-800-220-3287.


  • Barnabas Foundation
  • Comloquoy Charitable Foundation
  • EAPE Kingdom Works, Inc.
  • Eden Charitable Foundation
  • HBE Foundation
  • Huston Foundation
  • Stewart Huston Charitable Trust
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • PA Department of Education
  • PA Higher Education Foundation
  • Sodexho Marriott Services, Inc.
  • W.W. Smith Charitable Trust
  • U.S. Dept. of Education


Activities and Ministries

Habitat for Humanity, touring drama and choir groups, prison ministry, homeless ministry, U.S. and overseas missions trips. First-year students contributed nearly 9,000 hours last year to service projects. 

The Leadership Fellows Program accepts 40 outstanding high school leaders annually.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Council on Social Work Education for the Baccalaureate major in social work, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.



Board of Trustees
Chair: F. Ardell Thomas, M.D.
President: Dr. Robert G. Duffett


Eastern was founded in 1925 as Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The collegiate division began in 1932 and was chartered as a four-year college in 1952. The college became Eastern College in 1972 and Eastern University in 2001. The Seminary was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary in 2005.


Eastern Eagles

  • NCAA Division III – Middle Atlantic Conferences (MAC)
  • Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field
  • Women: basketball, cheerleading (club), cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, track and field

Visit http://www.goeasterneagles.com


  • 26,000 in 50 states and 88 countries
  • 93-99% of graduates in the last decade have found employment, full-time volunteer work, or begun post-graduate studies  within the first six months of graduation (based on the percent of students who responded in each year). Full Report.
    Archived Post-Graduation Reports

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