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Eastern University
Motto Faith, Reason and Justice
Established 1925
Type Private
Religious affiliation American Baptist Churches USA
Endowment $12 million
Chancellor Christopher Hall
President David Black
Staff 350
Undergraduates 4,000
Postgraduates 1,235
Location St. Davids, PA, USA
Campus Suburban
Former names Division of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1925-1952) Eastern Baptist College (1952-1972), Eastern College (1972-2001)
Sports Volleyball, Field hockey, Soccer, Cross country running, Tennis, Basketball, Golf, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse
Colors Maroon and white          
Mascot Eagle
Athletics NCAA DIII, MAC Freedom Conference
Affiliations Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Website www.eastern.edu

Eastern University (EU) is a private university in St. Davids, Pennsylvania affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, with an interdenominational student body. Its schools are Palmer Theological Seminary, Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Templeton Honors College, College of Arts and Sciences, and Esperanza College.



Eastern's roots go back to 1925 as a department of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (EBTS).[1] In 1952, it became a separate institution, moved to its present St. Davids location, and took the name "Eastern Baptist College". In 1972, it was renamed "Eastern College" to encourage enrollment by members of other Christian denominations [2]. 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.[3]


It has four major campuses:

It also has centers in Ripley, West Virginia and Washington DC, central Pennsylvania, and some international locations.[4]


Main campus

The main campus was originally a private estate, named Walmarthon, which was owned by the Walton family.[5] The size of the campus has expanded through purchase of surrounding buildings.

Warner Library/Harold Howard Center

The Frank Warner Memorial Library, better known as the Warner Library, was built in 1965. It houses the library collection and classrooms. The current library director is James L. Sauer, who has held the position since the early 1980s.[6] The library collection includes roughly 175,000 volumes, 865,000 pieces of microfiche, and 19,500 audio-visual materials. There is a non-profit collection room which houses books related to non-profit organizations, a special collections room with books dating back 450 years, an archives room, and the Edison room which houses several artifacts which belonged to Thomas Edison, (donated to the library by his son, Charles Edison). After the death of Roland Frye in 2005, his book collection was donated to the library. An African American collections room to house rare books on African American history bequeathed by a local African American centenarian, Mazie Hall, was opened in November 2006.[7] The library also has maintained a world in the Active Worlds Educational Universe since the early 2000s and in 2006 started inviting students to participate in its construction. In November 2008 Active worlds was dropped due to costs and began assisting with a Korean nursing world in Second Life. Citations: The First 50 Years of Eastern University by Dr. Frederick J. Boehlke (2003) ISBN 0-9674912-3-1.

Buildings and landmarks

Andrews Hall Andrews Hall contains classrooms and laboratories for the Chemistry department.

Eagle Learning Center Eagle Learning Center, the newest building on campus contains offices for the graduate program's staff, and classrooms for the nursing department.

McInnis Learning Center McInnis Learning Center contains a curriculum lab, classrooms, as well as offices for a majority of the faculty, two computer labs, and offices for computing staff.

Walton Hall Walton Hall is the name given to the original mansion on the estate. It now has been renovated and includes a dining commons, a chapel, snack bar, and offices.

Campus landmarks

Landmarks on campus include an historic waterwheel and a sculpture of an eagle, the campus mascot.


Eastern University has five different colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Templeton Honors College
  • Palmer Theological Seminary
  • Esperanza College

All faculty are required to be in agreement with the University's doctrinal statement, which they sign annually at the Academic Convocation.

Eastern offers majors in 31 fields of study in the College of Arts and Sciences.[8]

Student life

There are approximately 4,000 students enrolled at Eastern University.[9]


A student tradition since the early 1960s has been to paint messages and sayings on a boulder in the center of campus known as "the rock" initially discouraged by the institution when it began, some staff and faculty are now participants in the decoration of the rock.


Eastern University is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eastern University joined the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation (MASCAC or commonly referred to as the MAC) in 2008. At that time, Eastern University aligned with the 15 member institutions of the MASCAC in competition, and left the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC). A charter member of the PAC, Eastern University spent 16 successful years competing as a member of the PAC. The move to the MAC Conference came in the midst of several recent improvements to the athletic facilities, as well as growth in the traditional undergraduate population of the school. The move also came with the return of Men’s Lacrosse and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, as well as the construction of state-of-the-art outdoor athletic facilities as evidence of Eastern’s commitment to providing outstanding opportunities for student-athletes as they compete within the Division III model. The MASCAC is, for most sports, divided into two conferences, and Eastern competes with current MAC Freedom Schools Wilkes, Kings, DeSales, FDU-Florham, and Delaware Valley as well two other schools, Alvernia and Misericordia, moving from the PAC in 2008, and Manhattanville who enters the MAC in 2007 in the Freedom Conference. The MASCAC also includes the Commonwealth Conference. Albright, Arcadia, Elizabethtown, Lebanon Valley, Lycoming, Messiah, and Widener.

Sponsored athletic programs at Eastern] are as follows:[10] Eastern University has 7 men’s sports teams, including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. In addition, the University offers 4 men’s club teams, including cheerleading, swimming, volleyball and ultimate frisbee. The University has 8 women’s sports teams including basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. The University also offers 3 women’s club teams, including cheerleading, swimming and ultimate frisbee. Eastern's school mascot is the eagle, which was chosen by students in the 1960s.

In 2002, Senior Andrea Collesidis broke an NCAA scoring record for women's lacrosse.[11]

Residence life

All residence halls are single-sex by floor and there are designated visiting hours. The residence halls on campus are Doane, Eagle, Gallup, Gough, Guffin, Hainer, Kea, and Sparrowk.

Notable persons

Notes and references

See also

External links

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


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