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

23

Denominations represented in our diverse student body

18

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

73%

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, 2020)

Enrollment: 99

Degree and Non-Degree Program Enrollment:

 FemaleMaleDay
Program
Weekend
Program
Total
Master of Divinity2731213758
MA (Religion)-0-11-0-1
MA (Ministry & Leadership)42156
Doctor of Ministry201333-0-33
Unclassified/Certificate Programs-0-11-0-1
Totals 5148574299

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) [Based on 1 headcount = 12 credit hours]: 76.8

14:1 = Student:Core Faculty Ratio  [Core Faculty = 7, Adjunct Faculty = 37]

Denominations Represented:

  • AICT
  • African Methodist Episcopal
  • Anglican Church
  • Assemblies of God
  • Baptist
  • Christadelphian
  • 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 
African8%
African American28%
Caucasian57%
Hispanic/Latino/a 6%
Asian1%

Age Distribution 
40 and under27%
41-5028%
51-5923%
60 and over22%

Sexual Orientation (Self-Reported)

All Students Enrolled LGBTQ Students
9918%

Campus Racial Diversity Percentages

 
2020-2021
2019-2020
2018-2019
Persons of ColorCaucasianPersons of ColorCaucasianPersons of ColorCaucasian
Students43%57%38% 62%32%68%
Regular Faculty29%71%29%71%14%86%
Adjunct Faculty46%54%33%67%28%72%
Staff & Administration16%83%19%81%12.5%87.5%
Trustees43%57%40%60%43%57%

Current Students Come From:

Delaware
Florida
Maryland
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey

New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Virginia
West Virginia

Nigeria
Tanzania

Financial Aid

73% of students receive Lancaster Seminary scholarships and/or federal Stafford loans

Housing

10% of students live in Seminary-owned housing