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Eastern University
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Eastern University

St. Davids, Pennsylvania

Eastern University is a top Christian College located in PA, which offers 77 areas of study including BA, BS, BSN, BSW, Minors, and Pre-professional options. Eastern also hosts prestigious programs like the Templeton Honors College, Leadership Fellows Program, W. Goode Scholars, and Howard Fellows Program. Eastern Athletics boast of regionally and nationally competitive athletics in 16 sports.


Eastern promotes the integration of faith, reason, and justice in teaching and learning. 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. Learn more at www.eastern.edu/choose_EU


Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,163 undergraduate students
86% of undergrad students are full time
31% male 69% female
62% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
146 full-time faculty
362 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
95% of first year students live on campus
76% of all students live on campus

School Location

St. David’s, PA

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences x
Common Intellectual Experiences x
Learning Communities x
Writing-Intensive Courses x
Collaborative Assignments and Projects x
Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning x
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

74% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

63% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 17%
Black or African American 23%
White 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%



MAC Conference, Division III; 15 sports

Other Information

Eastern University (founded in 1925) is a 4-year, private liberal arts college and offers degrees from the Associates to Ph.D.

More Distinctions

  • Faculty at Eastern are nationally recognized; most notably Fulbright scholar, Dr. Ann Francois, recent bestselling author, Dr. Phil Cary, and artist-in-residence and Philadelphia concertmaster David Kim.

  • Eastern students are among the nation's best with recent honors including ISI fellows, St. Andrews Society, Princeton University’s Witherspoon Institute invitation to First Principles Seminar, William E. Simon fellowship, and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Female Performer of the Year

  • ENACTUS (Eastern business club) are 4x Regional Champs

Why Biblical Justice?

Since 1925, Eastern has been a champion of biblical justice–It’s what Eastern is known for around the globe. Eastern’s first year students and transfer students contributed approximately 7,040 service hours to the greater Philadelphia region. Coupled with 25 study abroad/away programs, students’ capacities are expanded to see a world much bigger than they imagined.


“I get to most of the Christian Colleges around this nation, and I want to tell you that there are very few like Eastern University … in areas of social justice and their concerns for the poor … I know who was doing it first.” – Jim Wallis, President of Sojorners, excerpt from speech at Dr. Black’s 10-year anniversary ceremony.

“Dozens of World Vision Leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East have been equipped with leadership skills by Eastern University, which has truly had a global impact ” –Dean Hirsch, former President of World Vision, excerpt taken from program at Dr. Black’s 10-year anniversary ceremony.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band  
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band  
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN x
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook x

Excellence in Academics

Eastern University is a top Christian College that offers 77 areas of study including BA, BS, BSN, BSW, Minors, and Pre-professional options.  A 13:1 student to professor ratio, ensures personal attention.

Faculty at Eastern are nationally recognized. Most notable professors include Fulbright scholar, Dr. Ann Francois; bestselling author, Dr. Phil Cary; and Philadelphia concertmaster, David Kim.

Eastern’s College of Arts and Sciences embraces a Christian worldview and endeavors to integrate Faith, Reason, and Justice within each of its graduates understanding of the world that surrounds them.

Templeton Honors College

The Templeton Honors College at Eastern University is designed to challenge and prepare academically gifted undergraduate students for leadership and service as individuals of influence in culture,society and their professions, The program take a holistic approach to the life of the mind, character formation, and skill development.  www.templetonhonorscollege.com

For ten years, I was on the faculty at an ivy league institution while simultaneously teaching at Eastern University.  One day, I was called into the office of the chair of our department of that ivy league and was told that I could not continue to teach at both schools… Given the choice between the two schools, I chose to commit my life to Eastern where I have taught for 38 years.” – Dr. Tony Campolo ‘56, nationally recognized author, professor emeritus, nationally-recognized motivational speaker.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages x
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 342 357 88 25 0 2 2 816

Ideal Location, Close-Knit Community

Eastern is nestled in affluent Wayne, PA and has been named top 3 of 25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities. This gorgeous suburban location and close proximity to Philadelphia affords students many opportunities to get involved on and off campus.  By walking to the train station, students are just a 25 minute train-ride to downtown Philadelphia, which USA Today called one of America’s top 10 best college communities.

Getting Involved

At Eastern, students get a sense of closeness within the community. From faculty to staff to students, it seems that the pillars of Faith, Reason and Justice resonates with and unites the campus. Students often put their faith in action with over 40 different student organizations, ensembles, productions that are serving this diverse community and beyond. Regionally and nationally competitive sports teams are complemented by a robust intramural program.

Many students enjoy the fine and performing arts in dance, music and/or theatre. Yet other students can be found making an impact in one of the many multicultural clubs. Eastern facilitates Christian growth through dynamic,  but voluntary chapels, student-led worship,  weekly dorm “floor” discipleship groups, and  partnerships with Young Life and FCA. At Eastern, students can expect great speakers and fun concerts as a way to enjoy and create a lifetime of memories.

Learn more at eastern.edu/clubs

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


Other: men and women live in the same building, but on separate floors 

A Decade of Success

At Eastern, 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.


Notable Alumni

Eastern students are among the nation’s best with recent honors including ISI fellows, St. Andrews Society, Princeton University’s Witherspoon Institute invitation to First Principles Seminar, William E. Simon fellowship, and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Female Performer of the Year.

It was at Eastern that I was first invited to do something daring with my life, to use my gifts for something bigger than myself, to find a career that would not just pay the bills, to pursue something more beautiful than the American dream.  Eastern University is raising up a new generation of missional Christians who know that the most critical question may not be “Am I going to be a doctor or lawyer”, but rather “What kind of doctor or lawyer am I going to be?”  – Shane Claiborne ‘97, Best -selling Author


Admissions Fall 2015

2,941 Total Applicants
1,536 Total Admissions
395 Total Freshmen Enrollment

52.23% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA

Standardized test scores

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Religious affiliation/commitment
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 580
SAT Math 460 590
SAT Writing 440 540
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 18 28
ACT Math 17 30
ACT English 16 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $30,780
Fees $240
Total $31,020
Room and Board (on campus) $10,674
Room Only $5,680
Board Only $4,994
Estimated Total On Campus $41,694


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015

$21,987 First year students
$18,510 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

64% on average, the percentage of need that was met
17% of financial need students that had need fully met

$6,552 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,285 Average need-based loan

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