Eastern University

1300 Eagle Rd, Saint Davids, PA 19087-3696

School Details

Eastern University is a private, Christian, four-year institution of higher education located in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. The Christian university is affiliated to the American Baptist Churches. Founded in 1925 as a part of the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the school was to provide a conservative seminary option other than the somewhat liberal Crozier Seminary. About a quarter of a century later, the university broke away from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary to become its own separate entity and became know as Eastern Baptist College. However, in 1972 in an effort to attract Christians of other denominations, the university dropped Baptist from its name to become Eastern College. In 2001, the university changed its name yet again to its current title. 

Today, EU has four campuses including the main campus in St. Davids, Esperanza College, Palmer Theological Seminary, and Falls Center, all of which are located within Pennsylvania. Eastern University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Eastern University is a medium-sized school with around 3,700 students. About 80 percent of students return to EU for their second year and almost 70 percent of students graduate in six years. The average age of the Eastern University student body is 20 years old. While EU is a primarily residential campus, around 20 percent of students are part time. The in-state to out-of-state student ratio is fairly even with just slightly more in-state students than out-of-state. The gender ratio is pretty uneven with 70 percent female students and just 30 percent male students. Around 50 percent of students are Caucasian with an additional 25 percent of African American students, 15 percent Hispanic students and one percent Asian students. 

EU offers students a wide variety of programs and services to participate in. EU provides a lot of resources for incoming students tailored to their needs such as the needs of a transfer student versus a first year student versus a commuter student. 

As a private institution of higher education, tuition and fees at Eastern University is the same for all students regardless of their state residency status. Navigating through the financial aid process can be extremely difficult, but students at EU have many resources available to find the best fit. Students at EU can apply for private loans, Federal Financial Aid, grants, and scholarships. Students who wish to receive federal aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible after January 1st. 

Students at Eastern University have the opportunity to earn degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. Students most commonly study areas such as education, health sciences, religion, business and psychology. Students who wish to complete their associate degree must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours. Associate degrees can be completed in an average of two years as a full-time student. Bachelor’s degree programs require students to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Master’s programs require students to complete an average of 30 credit hours. Due to the specialized nature of doctoral programs, the program completion length and required credit hours vary significantly.

Students interested in a degree or program from Eastern University should request more information.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    American Baptist

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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