Our Beginnings

Lancaster Theological Seminary was founded in 1825 at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a seminary of what was then called the Reformed Church in the United States, often called the German Reformed to differentiate it from the Duth Reformed or the Reformed Church in America. At the time of our founding, there was one professor, five students, and approximately 200 books in the theological library.

Facts & Stats

22

Denominations represented in our diverse student body

18

Categories of professions (and counting) in which our students worked prior to enrollment

82%

Of Lancaster Seminary students receive financial aid

25

Rewarding career paths (and counting) to attain with a theological degree

Student Body Statistics (as of October 15, 2019)

Enrollment: 107

Degree and Non-Degree Program Enrollment:

 FemaleMaleDay ProgramWeekend ProgramTotal
Master of Divinity2836273764
MA (Religion)1-0-1-0-1
MA (Ministry & Leadership)23-0-55
Doctor of Ministry92433-0-33
Unclassified/Certificate Programs426-0-6*
Totals 44656742107

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) [Based on 1 headcount = 12 credit hours]: 83
*2 Certificate students are also counted in the MDiv category

Denominations Represented:

  • AICT
  • African Methodist Episcopal
  • Anglican Church
  • Assemblies of God
  • Baptist
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Church of the Brethren
  • Disciples of Christ
  • ECWA
  • Episcopal
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Mennonite
  • No Affiliation
  • Non-Denominational
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian USA
  • Roman Catholic
  • Southern Baptist
  • The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist Church
  • Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

Race/Ethnicity 
African6%
African American26%
Caucasian62%
Hispanic/Latino/a 5%
Two or More Races1%

Age Distribution 
40 and under34%
41-5023%
51-5927%
60 and over16%

Sexual Orientation (Self-Reported)

All Students Enrolled LGBTQ Students
10719%

Campus Racial Diversity Percentages

 
2019-2020
2018-2019
Persons of ColorCaucasianPersons of ColorCaucasian
Students38% 62%32%68%
Regular Faculty29%71%14%86%
Adjunct Faculty33%67%28%72%
Staff & Administration19%81%12.5%87.5%
Trustees40%60%43%57%

Current Students Come From:

Delaware
Florida
Maryland
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey

New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia

Mexico
Nigeria
Tanzania

Financial Aid

82% of students receive Lancaster Seminary Scholarships and/or federal Stafford loans

Housing

10% of students live in Seminary-owned housing