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Discover Your Purpose at Eastern University

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You are one step closer to an Eastern University degree.  Join over 20,000 graduates that are in over 80 countries that have been Waking up the World since their Eastern education!  Now, its your turn; we invite you to explore all of Eastern's colleges as you determine how Eastern will help you to sharpen your gifts and strengthen your purpose so that you too will W^TW!  Once you find the college and/or program you are seeking, we want you to complete at least one of the two options (Request or Apply) so that our team at Eastern can begin to walk alongside of you:

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College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Faculty

Faculty at Eastern are prestigious and accomplished; most notably: 

  •     Fulbright Scholars:, Dr. Ann Francois & Dr. Julia E. Stewart
  •     Global Speakers: Dr. Tony Campolo and Mr. Duffy Robbins
  •     Bestselling Author: Dr. Phil Cary
  •     Artist-in-residence and Philadelphia Concertmaster: Mr. David Kim
  •     Author of Spitz Fulldome Planetarium Curriculum (Vol. 1 &  2):   Dr. David Bradstreet
  •     Lehrman Fellows:  Dr. Jonathan Yonan and Dr. RJ Snell
  •     Award Recipients from Christianity Today:  Dr. Chris Hall and Dr. Steven Boyer
  •     President of PA Higher Ed Nursing Schools: Dr. Mary-Ann Peters
  •     Philadelphia Dance Columnist:  Mrs. Janine Bryant

Students

Eastern students are equally excellent with recent surveys indicating that 93-99% of graduates in the last decade have found employment, full time volunteer work or begun postgraduate studies within the first six months of graduation.  Learn more about post-graduation results

The College

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Eastern University is committed to a small student-to-professor ratio (13:1).  Faculty scholars integrate Eastern's core values of Faith, Reason and Justice into their courses. Students choose from over 70 majors/minors and pre-professional options. CAS houses the prestigious Templeton Honors College, Leadership Fellows Program, W. Goode Scholars, and Howard Fellows Program.  Generally, but not limited to, entering CAS students can be described as recent high school graduates, transfer students, or international students.  

Learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences

For degree-seeking high school age or college transfers students, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has over 70 areas of study and houses the prestigious Templeton Honors College, Leadership Fellows Program, W. Goode Scholars, and Howard Fellows Program.

College of Graduate and Professional Studie (CCGPS)

Eastern University is recognized by US News and World Report as a Top Tier North Regional University and by Colleges of Distinction as a National, PA and Christian College of Distinction.  The Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CCGPS) offers Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral programs through the AA in Liberal Arts Department, BA in Criminal Justice Department, Counseling Psychology Department, DA in Marriage and Family Department, Nursing Department, Loeb School of Education, MA in Theological and Cultural Anthropology Department, PhD in Organizational Leadership Department, School of Management Studies, School of Leadership and Development, Urban Studies Department and BA in Youth Ministry Leadership Department.  The Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies prepares adult undergraduate and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.  Born from the fires of innovation, CCGPS got its start as a Degree Completion program which was  a pioneer initiative for adult students in the Philadelphia area.  Now evolved into a Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Degree Completion programs have been emulated by Higher Education Institutions across the Philadelphia Region.  

Learn more about CCGPS

For degree-seeking adults, the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CCGPS) offers Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral programs.

Palmer Seminary

Since its founding as Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1925, Palmer Theological Seminary has always been difficult for people to categorize. In its early years, the Seminary was described as “conservative, yet progressive.” This description remains accurate today.  As is the case with any academic community, one can find among students, faculty and staff vibrant discussions and varying perspectives. This takes place within a traditionally conservative theological framework, as reflected by the Seminary’s doctrinal basis.

Holistic Ministry:  Palmer is committed to equipping whole persons to incorporate God’s good news into all the various contexts and relationships in which they are involved. We are concerned not only with the intellectual development of our students, but also with their personal, social, and spiritual development.

Commitment to the Poor and to Social Justice:  “The Whole Gospel” refers to teaching and preaching that address not only the spiritual condition of human beings, but also the social and political structures of society, particularly as they affect those who are most vulnerable. As opposed to emphasizing only evangelism on the one hand or a “social Gospel” on the other, Palmer Seminary regards both evangelism and social justice as equal priorities for the church.

Multidimensional Diversity:  Much of the education that takes place in a seminary setting results not from the curriculum or course content but from the varying cultural and theological perspectives that find a voice here at Palmer. In this regard, the Palmer community is “a microcosm of the world” because of the diversity that exists among faculty members, staff, and the student body. An education in a diverse environment enables students to expand their intellectual and spiritual horizons while preparing them for ministry to the whole world in an authentic way.

"The Whole Gospel for the Whole World through Whole Persons":  Palmer’s diversity encompasses ethnicity, culture, denomination, age, and gender. Though a fairly small community, Palmer students, staff, and faculty hail from many nations, including Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, India, Romania, Mexico, Myanmar, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Students in recent years have ranged in age from their early 20s to their early 80s. While American Baptists constitute the single largest denominational grouping among students at Palmer, other denominations are well represented. These include the National Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Church of God in Christ, the Evangelical Free Church, the Lutheran Church, Brethren in Christ, the Assemblies of God, the Mennonite Church, the Pentecostal Assemblies, among others. People find unity in a common mission.

Integrating Knowledge, Ministry Skills, Spiritual Formation:  The Palmer experience goes far beyond an academic education. It includes a high emphasis on the development of practical ministry skills and on the spiritual formation of students. Chapel services, Days of Prayer, luncheons, and many other co-curricular activities combine to support students in the effort to find their place in and to affect the ethnically, culturally, politically, and theologically diverse world community in which they will minister.

All of the above values, commitments, and emphases work together to enable Palmer to provide for its students an experience that is both life-changing and unique.

Learn more about Palmer Seminary

Palmer is committed to equipping whole persons to incorporate God’s good news into all the various contexts and relationships in which they are involved.

Esperanza College

Esperanza College was birthed from a tugging at the heart to impact the lives of people beyond the Sunday morning pulpit. It was, and is, a college unique to any other; an institution of redemption, grace and hope. This tug was felt by a group of Hispanic pastors in North Philadelphia in 1982 as they rallied together to serve a community suffering from poverty, unstable housing, low educational attainment, and high crime. The result was the creation of the Hispanic Clergy and in 1987, they developed a non-profit organization, called Nueva Esperanza Inc.

The mission of Esperanza College, a Christian college program dedicated to the service of the Hispanic and local communities, is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and outlook of young people and adults so that they can live even more thoughtful, positive, productive, and purposeful lives.  We achieve our mission through the integration of faith, reason, and justice and acknowledge the importance of forming this integration within the academic program, in its instruction, and in the learning of our students, in order to:

  • develop a Christian worldview that informs intellect, attitude, and behavior;
  • sharpen skills of critical thinking, reflection, and analysis, as well as linguistic and communication skills;
  • appreciate the sources, values and contributions of Latino cultures; and lead to the enhancement of the spiritual, social, and economic well-being of the individual, the family, and the community.

Esperanza College seeks to provide members of the Hispanic and local communities a Christian faith-based education that is affordable and culturally appropriate so that they can continue their contributions to and leadership in their communities and become even more effective.

Learn more about Esperanza College

Esperanza College seeks to provide members of the Hispanic and local communities a Christian faith-based education that is affordable and culturally appropriate so that they can continue their contributions to and leadership in their communities and become even more effective.

Templeton Honors College

The Templeton Honors College is composed of about 120 students from 35 states, 19 countries, a faculty of 12, with a staff of 5 including its own dean.  The average high school GPA is 3.82/4.0 and since 1999 average SAT scores of 1331/1600.   It is one of the five colleges at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Although a separate college, every student is dually enrolled in it and in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is a Christian college in that all of its faculty maintain and teach within the historic Christian Faith as laid out in the Nicene Creed. It is an honors college in that it has a more academically demanding set of admission and good-standing requirements than do other colleges within Eastern University. What makes Templeton truly distinctive, however, is its peculiar pedagogy, which involves reading-and-writing-intensive seminar courses, a great books general education curriculum, and a required semester of study abroad.

Learn more about Templeton Honors College

The Templeton Honors College offers a great books general education curriculum and is composed of about 120 students from 35 states, 19 countries, a faculty of 12, with a staff of 5 including its own dean.

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