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Eastern University (United States)


Eastern University (United States)

Eastern University
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.
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Affiliations Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

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.


  • History 1
  • Colleges and campuses 2
  • Notable persons 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7


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.

Colleges and campuses

Eastern University has college preparatory school called Eastern University Academy Charter School and five different colleges, College of Arts and Sciences, Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Templeton Honors College, Palmer Theological Seminary, and the junior college Esperanza College.

The main campus is 114 acres just west of Philadelphia, in St. Davids, 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.

Other campus sites include Harribsurg, PA, Valley Forge, PA and Ripley, WV.

Notable persons

See also


Further reading

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

External links

  • Official website

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