About Eastern University
Who We Are
Eastern University is a co-educational, comprehensive Christian university that integrates faith, reason and justice for its 3,500 students. Located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the university offers nationally-recognized undergraduate and graduate programs. Eastern is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and has an interdenominational Christian student body, faculty and administration.
Faith, Reason and Justice
Take a quick look at the people of Eastern University as they pursue our academic mission of faith, reason and justice in today's world.
Eastern At A Glance
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio
Colleges & Schools
St. Davids, PA: A scenic 114-acre suburban main campus just west of Philadelphia, PA; undergraduate, graduate, Palmer Seminary programs
Philadelphia, PA: Center City; Falls Center; Esperanza College; undergraduate &graduate programs
Harrisburg, PA: Undergraduate & graduate programs
Ripley, WV: Palmer Seminary offers the Master of Divinity here.
Rwanda, Africa: Two graduate programs offered in Rwanda.
*Additional instructional sites at numerous suburban and international locations.
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.
Colleges and Schools
The College of Business and Leadership: Eastern University's College of Business and Leadership (CBL) brings together carefully designed educational offerings from the disciplines of business, leadership, and advocacy. CBL offers 7 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs and 5 minors.
The College of Education: Eastern University's College of Education is one of the leading private university Education programs in the state of Pennsylvania. It offers 3 undergraduate and 4 graduate programs, as well as 14 certifications.
The College of Health and Social Sciences: Eastern University's College of Health and Social Sciences (CHeSS) equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities for meaningful careers, advanced professional training and active roles in local and global communities through social services and healthcare professions. CHeSS offers 10 undergraduate and 9 graduate programs, 8 minors, and 7 certifications.
The College of Arts and Sciences: Eastern University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) houses majors and minors in the sciences, humanities, and performing arts. CAS offers 16 undergraduate programs and 18 minors.
The Templeton Honors College: The Templeton Honors College offers graduate-style undergraduate education for the most academically-gifted students.
Palmer Theological Seminary: Palmer Theological Seminary offers degrees and programs for women and men serving the church.
Esperanza College: 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.
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.
Eastern University offers many Online and Blended Online Programs.
- 127 full-time University & Seminary faculty
- 80% of Faculty who teach Traditional Undergraduate Students hold earned doctorates or highest professional degrees
- 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
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).
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
96% of students receive academic and need-based scholarships and grants.
Tuition and Costs
2017/2018 Traditional Undergraduate:
$31,700 for tuition
$380 for Fees (plus $65 for one time transcript fee for entering students)
$10,980 for on-campus room and board
For tuition information Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, call 1-800-452-0996; 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
We manage more than 122 Partnerships and Alliances, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and governmental organizations, across the greater Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh regions.
- Buildabridge International
- City of Philadelphia Alliance
- City Year
- Evangelical Assoc. for the Promotion of Education
- Habitat for Humanity International
- Mission Year
- Esperanza, Inc.
- People for People, Inc.
- Philadelphia Association of Christian Schools (PACS)
- Transfer articulations with two-year schools/colleges
- West Virginia Baptist Convention
- Young Life
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: Mr. Steve Clemens, '91
President: Dr. Ronald A. Matthews
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.
- 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