Eastern University (United States)

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Eastern University
Eastern University logo.png
Motto Faith, Reason and Justice
Established 1925
Type Private
Religious affiliation American Baptist Churches USA
President Robert G. Duffett
Students 4,300
Location St. Davids, PA, US
Campus Suburban
Former names Division of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1925-1952) Eastern Baptist College (1952-1972), Eastern College (1972-2001)
Colors Maroon and white         
Athletics NCAA DIII, MAC Freedom Conference
Sports Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men's and Women's Basketball, Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's Baseball, Women's Field Hockey, Women's Softball, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Golf, and Cross Country.
Mascot Eagle
Affiliations Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Website www.eastern.edu

Eastern University is a co-educational, comprehensive Christian university located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with undergraduate and graduate programs. The school is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and has an interdenominational Christian student body, faculty and administration.


Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) was founded to provide a theologically conservative Seminary within the American Baptist Churches. Beginning in 1925 as a department in the Seminary, in 1952 Eastern University became a separate institution and moved to its present St. Davids location taking the name "Eastern Baptist College". In 1972, it was renamed "Eastern College". In 2001, the Pennsylvania Department of Education granted the institution "university status" and it was renamed Eastern University. In 2004, the institution's Board voted to acquire its previous parent institution, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and EBTS changed its name to Palmer Theological Seminary in honor of a previous president in 2005.


  • St. Davids, PA: A scenic 114-acre suburban main campus just west of Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA: Esperanza College; Campolo College; Falls Center
  • Harribsurg, PA: Campolo College site
  • Valley Forge, PA: Palmer Seminary site
  • Ripley, WV: Palmer Seminary offers the Master of Divinity here

Additional instructional sites at numerous suburban and international locations.

Main campus (St. Davids, PA)[edit]

A scenic 114-acre suburban main campus just west of Philadelphia, PA. The main campus was originally a private estate, named Walmarthon, which was owned by the Walton family. The size of the campus has expanded through purchase of surrounding buildings.

Warner Memorial Library is housed in the Harold Howard Center. The Mazie Hall African American History Room contains books and memorabilia from a local educator. The Edison room houses several drawings and artifacts which belonged to Thomas Edison.


Eastern University has five different colleges, and one college preparatory school.

  • College of Arts and Sciences: Eastern's College of Arts and Sciences offers 35 majors and 34 minors.
  • Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies: The Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers programs ranging from A.A. to Ph.D. in areas such as liberal arts, education, business, organizational leadership, urban studies, counseling psychology, nursing, economic development, international development, and cultural and theological anthropology.
  • Templeton Honors College: The Templeton Honors College offers graduate-style undergraduate education for the more 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 Neuva Esperanza, Inc. and aims to serve the Latino community in Philadelphia, PA.
Preparatory School

Eastern University Academy Charter School: The Eastern University Academy (grades 7-12) seeks to provide a holistic, college-integrated learning community dedicated to the education of each student in the context of his/her unique interests


The school has 165 full-time University and Seminary faculty.

Student life[edit]

There are approximately 4,300 students enrolled at Eastern University.

Study abroad and student teaching[edit]

Study Abroad: Eastern University offers study abroad opportunities including International Exchange Programs, Study Abroad International and Study Away Domestic. International Exchange Programs include universities such as Oxford University and the University of St. Andrews. Eastern University also supports student teaching and various other programs.


Eastern University is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Eastern University joined the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation (commonly referred to as the MAC) in 2008. At that time, Eastern University aligned with the 15 member institutions of the MAC in competition. In most sports, the MAC is divided into a Freedom Conference and a Commonwealth Conference. In these sports Eastern competes in the Freedom Conference.

In the first five years in the MAC, Eastern won Freedom Conference Championships in Volleyball (5), Field Hockey (5), Women’s Soccer (3), and Men’s Lacrosse (2).

To join the MAC, Eastern left the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC), now known as the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). As charter member, Eastern spent 16 years as a member of the PAC.

Sports include Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men's and Women's Basketball, Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's Baseball, Women's Field Hockey, Women's Softball, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Golf, and Cross Country.

Intramural Sports include volleyball, soccer, dodgeball, flag football, softball and wiffleball, amongst others.

Activities and ministries[edit]

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.

St. Davids facilities[edit]

Eastern University's St. Davids campus is home to eight academic and administrative buildings, The Bradstreet Observatory and Julia Fowler Planetarium, eight residence halls that house 1,200 students on campus, a gymnasium, tennis courts, pool, multi-purpose baseball field, softball field, turf soccer/lacrosse and practice field.

Honors and recognition[edit]

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.

  • Eastern University Ranked in the Top Tier of North Regional Universities by U.S. News & World Report (2012)
  • Eastern University Named One of the Most Beautiful Christian Colleges in America (2013)
  • Eastern University Chosen as a College of Distinction (2013)
  • Eastern University Named a Military Friendly School (for 2014)
  • Esperanza College a Finalist in Examples of Excelencia (2013)


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.


There are 20,053 alumni in 50 states and 88 countries.

Notable persons[edit]

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Notes and references[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Boehlke, Frederick (2003). Faith, Reason And Justice: The First 50 Years of Eastern University. Exton, Pennsylvania: Apple Press. ISBN 0-9674912-3-1. 

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Coordinates: 40°03′06″N 75°22′14″W / 40.0517°N 75.3706°W / 40.0517; -75.3706