Student Consumer Information at Lancaster SeminaryTo ensure that its educational programs have their intended impact for the good of the church and world, Lancaster Seminary engages in regular practices of assessing the effectiveness of its programs.
One of the ways we do this is to ask our graduating students how they think we did during their time with us.The instrument we use for this, the Association of Theological Schools Graduating Student Questionnaire, is used by 120-140 accredited seminaries of all types,sizes, and denominations across the United States and Canada. It asks graduates to rate a wide variety of aspects of the education they received and their experience of the school using a scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (best).
Here you can find a selection of key scores that illustrate Lancaster's educational effectiveness in ministerial skills preparation, as well as data on our graduation, placement and loan repayment rates. We hope this helps you make your own assessment of the value of a Lancaster Seminary education.
Another way in which we measure our effectiveness as an educational institution is through our graduation rates and student loan default rates.
Non-scientific estimates suggest that approximately 80% of entering MDiv and MA students graduate from theological schools. Although that figure is not a hard number, we can see that Lancaster Seminary has been above that statistic with relative consistency.
The default rate of our graduates has been consistently in the single digits. This figure suggests that our graduates are employed and continue to value the education that they received from Lancaster Seminary.