Lancaster Seminary At A Glance


FOUNDED

Lancaster Theological Seminary was founded in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, at Dickinson College in 1825 as a seminary of the Reformed Church in the United States, often called the German Reformed to differentiate it from the Dutch Reformed or Reformed Church in America. There was one professor, five students, and approximately 200 books in its theological library. 

DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION

United Church of Christ 

ACCREDITATIONS AND AUTHORIZATIONS 

Lancaster Theological Seminary is accredited by
The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), and the following degree programs are approved: M.Div., M.A. (Religion), D.Min.

The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of
The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA Telephone: 412-788-6505, Fax: 412-788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Lancaster Theological Seminary is also accredited by
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Higher Education (MSACHE) 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680 215-662-5606
Website: www.msache.org

OUR MISSION Lancaster Theological Seminary educates and strengthens Christian leaders spiritually, intellectually, interpersonally, and professionally so that each is equipped to serve the Church and the wider world faithfully and effectively, today and tomorrow.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

DEGREES AND NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • DEGREES: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Religion) and Doctor of Ministry
  • SPECIALIZATIONS:  Master of Divinity with Specialization in Chaplaincy; Master of Divinity with Specialization in Spiritual Direction; and Master of Arts (Religion) with Specialization in Spiritual Direction
  • CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS: Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry

AFFILIATIONS

Master of Divinity Specialization in Chaplaincy, partnering with Lancaster General Hospital

Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Religion) Specialization in Spiritual Direction, partnering with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation

STUDENT BODY STATISTICS (most current as reported to ATS)

ENROLLMENT 126

DEGREE AND NON-DEGREE PROGRAM ENROLLMENT



FemaleMaleFull-timePart-timeTotal
Master of Divinity3833442771
Master of Arts (Religion)854913
Doctor of Ministry111627-0-27
Certificate Programs651111
Non-degree Studies2244
Totals65616751126
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) [Based on 1 headcount = 12 credit hours]98


FACULTY

Core FacultyAdjunct FacultyStudent: Core Faculty Ratio
72318:1


DENOMINATIONS REPRESENTED

  • African Methodist Episcopal
  • Baptist, General
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Church of God in Christ
  • Church of the Brethren
  • Episcopal Church, USA
  • Evangelical Covenant
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Mennonite 
  • National Baptist
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian USA
  • Roman Catholic
  • Swedenborgian
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist Church
  • Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches


RACE/ETHNICITY AGE DISTRIBUTION
34% African American34%40 and under
3%Hispanic/Latino/a23%41-50
64% Caucasian29% 51-59
<1% Two or More Races 14%60 and over


SEXUAL ORIENTATION DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT

All Students EnrolledLGBTQ Students
12618%


CAMPUS RACIAL DIVERSITY PERCENTAGES OF PEOPLE OF COLOR

2011-2012 Persons of Color2011-2012 Caucasian2012-2013 Persons of Color2012-2013 Caucasian2013-2014 Persons of Color2013-2014 Caucasian
Students23%77%25%75%37%63%
Regular Faculty11%89%11%89%0%100%
Adjunct Faculty22%78%8%92%31%69%
Staff & Administration15%85%15%85%30%70%
Trustees9%91%5%95%24%76%


HOME STATES / COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

Delaware
Georgia
Illinois
Maryland
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Vermont
Virginia
Canada

FINANCIAL AID

64% of students receive financial aid in the form of Lancaster Seminary Scholarships
and federal Stafford loans

HOUSING
25% of students live in Seminary-owned housing