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Eastern University
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Eastern University

Wayne, Pennsylvania

Eastern University is a top Christian College located in PA, which offers 90+ 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, and W. Goode Scholars. Eastern Athletics boast of regionally and nationally competitive athletics in 20 sports.


On average, 96% of graduates in the last decade have found employment, full-time volunteer work, or have begun postgraduate studies within the first six months of graduation. Learn more at www.eastern.edu/value.


Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
2,082 undergraduate students
85% of undergrad students are full time
32% male — 68% female
32.5% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
127 full-time faculty
359 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
93% of first year students live on campus
79% of all students live on campus

School Location

St. David’s, PA

High-Impact Practices

Read more about the importance of High-Impact Practices

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 2016

78% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2016

65% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 20%
Black or African American 21%
White 48%
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 7%



MAC Conference, Division III; 20 sports

Other Information

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

More Distinctions

  • Eastern is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top-tier North Regional University

  • 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’s 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 and transfer students contributed approximately 6,600 service hours to the greater Philadelphia region. Coupled with 32+ 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

Academics with Integrity

Eastern University is a top Christian College that offers 90+ areas of study including BA, BS, BSN, BSW, Minors, and Pre-professional options with an additional 65+ graduate-level areas of study. A 10:1 student-to-professor ratio ensures personal attention.

Faculty at Eastern are nationally recognized. Notable faculty include recent bestselling author, Dr. Phil Cary; global expert of astronomy, Dr. David Bradstreet; international performer-composer-conductor, Dr. Ron Matthews; and fulbright scholar, Dr. Julia Stewart.

Eastern 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 takes 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  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Biblical Knowledge

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 255 302 69 25 1 2 0 654

Ideal Location, Close-Knit Community

Eastern is nestled in affluent Wayne, PA, has been named the 5th Most Beautiful Christian Campus in the World, and is listed among the 100 Safest College Campuses in the US. This gorgeous suburban location, along with its 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 their 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 serve the 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. Other students can be found making an impact in one of the many multicultural clubs. Eastern facilitates Christian growth through dynamic, voluntary chapels, student-led worship, weekly dorm “floor” discipleship groups, and partnerships with Young Life and FCA. At Eastern, students can expect to fill their days with great speakers and fun concerts, enjoying college and creating a lifetime of memories.

Learn more at eastern.edu/clubs

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
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  

A Decade of Success

On average, 96% of graduates in the last decade have found employment, full time volunteer work, or have begun postgraduate studies within the first six months of graduation. Learn more at www.eastern.edu/value

From the survey of the most recently graduated class, a total of 97% of the respondents are employed, involved in postgraduate education, serving in full-time volunteer work, or in the military within 6-9 months of graduation. (That is nearly 18% above the national college average).

Among the many impressive results of a recent EU alumni survey, it was discovered that 97% were content with EU faculty, 94% were content with friends made at EU, 93% agreed EU strengthened their ability to reason, and that 90% are able to live out EU’s mission though their careers.


Eastern University maintains a robust network locally and abroad, connecting students to internships that often result in their first firm foot set into a career. 81% of students complete an internship by graduation and 95% of those students report that experience helped secure their next step after graduation.

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, Bestselling Author


Admissions Fall 2016

1,992 Total Applicants 
1,219 Total Admissions 
442 Total Freshmen Enrollment

61.19% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 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
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 470 570
SAT Math 460 570
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 23
ACT Math 17 25
ACT English 18 24
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $31,700
Fees $615
Total $32,315
Room and Board (on campus) $10,980
Estimated Total On Campus $43,295


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 Final

$25,751 First year students
$7,241 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 Final

66% on average, the percentage of need that was met
10% of financial need students that had need fully met

$7,241 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,941 Average need-based loan