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 Dutch 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

20

Denominations represented in our diverse student body

18

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

69%

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 1, 2021)

Enrollment: 88

Degree and Non-Degree Program Enrollment:

 FemaleMaleDay
Program
Weekend
Program
Total
Master of Divinity2526133851
MA (Religion)-0-11-0-1
MA (Ministry & Leadership)34156
Doctor of Ministry151228-0-28
Unclassified/Certificate Programs212-0-2
Totals 4543454388

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) [Based on 1 headcount = 12 credit hours]: 59.72

13:1 = Student:Core Faculty Ratio  [Core Faculty = 7, Adjunct Faculty = 33]

Denominations Represented:

  • African Methodist Episcopal
  • Assemblies of God
  • Baptist
  • Church of God in Christ
  • Church of the Brethren
  • ECWA
  • Episcopal
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Moravian
  • No Affiliation
  • Non-Denominational
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian USA
  • Quaker
  • Roman Catholic
  • The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist Church
  • Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

Race/Ethnicity 
African4%
African American32%
Caucasian61%
Hispanic/Latino/a 2%
Asian1%

Age Distribution 
40 and under27%
41-5032%
51-5920%
60 and over21%

Sexual Orientation (Self-Reported)

All Students Enrolled LGBTQ Students
8820%

Campus Racial Diversity Percentages

 
2021-2022
2020-2021
2019-2020
Persons of ColorCaucasianPersons of ColorCaucasianPersons of ColorCaucasian
Students39%61%43% 57%38%62%
Regular Faculty29%71%29%71%29%71%
Adjunct Faculty34%66%46%54%33%67%
Staff & Administration31%69%16%83%19%81%
Trustees20%80%43%57%40%60%

Current Students Come From:

Delaware
Florida
Illinois
Maryland

 

 

New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Tennessee

Texas
Vermont
West Virginia

Nigeria

Financial Aid

69% of students receive Lancaster Seminary scholarships and/or federal Stafford loans

Housing

7% of students live in Seminary-owned housing

 

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