Eastern University

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1300 Eagle Road

St. Davids, PA 19087-3696

Phone: (610) 341-5800
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#95 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Eastern University is a private institution that was founded in 1952. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,701, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 107 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Eastern University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 95. Its tuition and fees are $28,090 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Eastern is a Christian University of the arts and sciences dedicated through teaching and learning, scholarship, spiritual formation, student development and community service to the preparation of undergraduate, graduate, and theological students for lives of faith, leadership and service. The "Eastern Student Experience" guided by that mission grows out of the University's commitment to interpretation and formation. This intellectually curious and socially active community views and interprets the world through lenses ground from faith, reason and justice. Every course syllabus integrates those three elements in the learning experience. Student formation employs the same three integrated elements in preparing graduates for influential and ethical lives. Eastern is one of only a handful of universities in the world that incorporate all three in constructing a path to knowledge.

The unique value of a theory of knowledge and student development that is based on the synthesis of faith, reason and justice is evidenced clearly by Eastern students' activism. The SPEAK organization has recently moderated summer reconciliation talks between Catholic and Protestant students in Northern Ireland and between Latino youth gangs in Philadelphia. They also led an effort on campus that persuaded administration to make Eastern one of only eight campuses nationally to convert to 100% use of wind generated electricity. Another organization, Youth Against Complacency and Homelessness Today (YACHT Club), partners with Eastern alumni in the operation of two centers in Philadelphia that provide shelter, tutoring and temporary work for homeless families. A third group, Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), teaches market economics and provides academic tutoring to high school students in two of Philadelphia's most economically challenged and violent neighborhoods. Students from Eastern's Templeton Honors College tutor elementary and middle school students from those same neighborhoods in science and mathematics. Graduate students in economic development work with World Vision and Habitat for Humanity in the third world, where Eastern graduates have helped generate more than 1 million new jobs over the last two decades. The Seminary's Sider Center for Ministry and Public Policy engages students for church-based community development activities in Camden, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Eastern operates Esperanza College, a bi-lingual junior college in north Philadelphia. After visiting that campus, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invited Eastern to develop an Early College High School (ECHS) in the city. The ECHS model could prove to be a major breakthrough in urban teaching and learning. The research that Eastern faculty will generate from that work will be part of a comparatively large body of scholarship published by the university's teacher-scholar-activists. Eastern students have many opportunities to assist that research.

Classes and justice activities combine with spiritual formation activities to develop students who love God and neighbor with heart, hands and mind. Along the way, Eastern students also have a great deal of fun. Ultimately, however, the university's unique mission is fulfilled when graduates influence the course of events in their communities and beyond after leaving Eastern.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1952
Religious affiliation American Baptist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $21,779,784


When applying to Eastern University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Eastern University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Eastern University is 11:1, and the school has 86.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Eastern University include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Psychology, General; Youth Ministry; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; and English Language and Literature/Letters, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.5 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 18%
Psychology, General 11%
Youth Ministry 9%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 6%
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 5%

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Student Life

Eastern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,701, with a gender distribution of 31 percent male students and 69 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus. Eastern University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,263
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Eastern University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Eastern University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Eastern University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $28,090 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,614 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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