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Eastern University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Eastern University is a Christian university dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.  The mission is confirmed and celebrated when graduates believe their way into knowledgeable action that influences the world in substantive ways.

About

History

Over 90 years ago, on March 19, 1925, at 1:30 p.m. in the headquarters of the American Baptist Publication Society on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, six Baptist ministers founded what was then called the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Because of its growing complexity and expansion into international venues, Eastern College was granted University status in December, 2001. 

Education

  • We are Christ-centered and holistic in all of our programs. We seek to fulfill our motto, “The whole Gospel for the whole world.”
  • We are committed to high quality in all areas, whether academic, spiritual or service oriented. In particular, we look for creative ways to be effective in the classroom, embracing innovative methodology as an important adjunct to traditional pedagogy.
  • We are student-centered — the primary focus of our work is the intellectual, spiritual and psychological development of students. We care about the whole person, seeking to provide a variety of student services, learning experiences and service opportunities that support emotional, spiritual, professional and physical development.

Career

The Center for Career Development engages Eastern University undergraduate and graduate students as they explore their God-given talents, discern career and educational goals, and seek internship and employment opportunities that will allow them to serve and thrive.

Services

Student services

Eastern University's Student Development team works to enhance the growth and development of all students, both inside and outside the classroom.

Students who enter Eastern at different times in their lives have very different developmental needs, so Student Development provides support and services in order to meet those different needs appropriately. For traditional undergraduate students, the Student Development staff is concerned with every aspect of the student experience and aims to challenge and support students in this important time of intellectual, physical, interpersonal, and spiritual change and development.

Housing services

Affectionately known as the Main Campus, our St. Davids location has been recognized as the 5th Most Beautiful Christian College campus in the world. Walton Hall, Willow Lake and the Waterwheel are classic icons of Eastern's beloved campus.

Library services

Warner Memorial Library is centrally located on campus as part of the Harold C. Howard Center. The building is wireless throughout and has three floors.

  • The main level (200) contains the Reference and Circulation Desks
  • The Upper Level (300) contains the central part of our lending stacks (BM-N), 
  • The Lower Level (100) contains the remaining lending book collection in movable shelving (P-Z)

Student Life

Campus life

Eastern University has once again been recognized for its beautiful campus in St. Davids, PA. After the success of last year’s Top 25 Beautiful Christian Colleges in the U.S. (on which Eastern was ranked number three), ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org has complied a new list for 2014 that expands its reach to Christian schools around the globe. In their ranking of The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College and University Campuses in the World, Eastern University was listed as number five. 

Sports facilities

Eastern students, faculty, and staff have unlimited access to a beautiful new state of the art fitness center, finished in February 2016. The two story, 8,200 square foot fitness center maintains regular hours throughout the year and is enjoyed by athletes and non-athletes alike.

The first floor of the facility features Hammer Strength weight training equipment and includes 8 olympic platforms with drop zones, 4 dumbbell racks with customized dumbbells and plates and 16 weight machines for upper and lower body workouts. There is also 94' of indoor turf and a stretching area.

Student clubs

S-PSEA stands for Student-PA State Education Association. This club is affiliated with the PA State Education Association and the National Education Association. As a campus chapter member, one is entitled to informative publications, presentations by professionals, legal coverage in case of a lawsuit during student teaching, and many other benefits. The group is active in planning and assisting in activities that benefit children such as donating books to schools in need and volunteering for children's activities led on and off campus. The group also provides special services for education majors such as making tri-folds and book orders available on campus.

Accreditation

Eastern University is accredited by:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Council on Social Work Education for the Baccalaureate Major in Social Work
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) - CANDIDATE
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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