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.

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Our Mission

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 about our Faith, Mission & Values.

Colleges & 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.


St. Davids, PA: Our scenic 114-acre suburban main campus is just west of Philadelphia, PA, offering undergraduate, graduate, and Palmer Theological Seminary programs.

Philadelphia, PA: Locations in Center City, Falls Center, Esperanza College, and People for People Institute offer convenient and flexible adult undergraduate and graduate programs.

Harrisburg, PA: Adult undergraduate and graduate programs at our convenient Harrisburg location are designed for working adults.

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

Rwanda, Africa: Two graduate programs are offered in Rwanda.

*Eastern also holds additional instructional sites at numerous suburban and international locations.


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 Science in Nursing, Master of Education, Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Education.

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.


  • 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 are 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

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 for 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

Strategic Alliances

We manage more than 122 Partnerships and Alliances, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and governmental organizations, across the greater Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh regions. View Partnerships Portfolio.

Activities and Ministries

Eastern provides a wide array of opportunities for student enrichment and service, including Habitat for Humanity, touring drama and choir groups, prison ministry, homeless ministry, U.S. and overseas missions trips. The Leadership Fellows Program accepts 40 outstanding high school leaders annually. Last year, first-year students contributed nearly 9,000 hours last year to service projects. Learn more about Student Life.


Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Learn more and view our Professional Accreditations.



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. Learn more about Our History.


Eastern Eagles

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

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  • 26,000 in 50 states and 88 countries
  • 94-99% 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).