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. At our founding, there was one professor, five students, and approximately 200 books in the 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: MDiv, MA (Religion), DMin.

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 nurtures leaders to join in God's redemptive and liberating work so that all creation may flourish.

OUR VISION Where God transforms us to transform others and the world.

OUR CORE VALUES

  • HONORING AND RESPECTING DIVERSITY IN ITS MANY FORMS
  • CREATING AND NURTURING COMMUNITY WHERE WE LEARN, SUPPORT, AND INSPIRE EACH OTHER
  • UPHOLDING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AT THE CORE OF OUR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE
  • APPRECIATING AND UNDERSTANDING THE RICHNESS OF MULTIPLE FAITH TRADITIONS

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry & Leadership, and Doctor of Ministry

CERTIFICATES

Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Certificate in Theological Studies

SPECIALIZATIONS

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Direction

AFFILIATIONS

Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Spiritual Direction specialization)

Lancaster General Health (Chaplaincy specialization)

YWCA Lancaster



FACULTY

Core FacultyAdjunct FacultyStudent: Core Faculty Ratio
73413:1


STUDENT BODY STATISTICS (as of October 15 2015, as reported to ATS)

ENROLLMENT: 96

DEGREE AND NON-DEGREE PROGRAM ENROLLMENT:

FemaleMaleFull-timePart-timeTotal
Master of Divinity4322323365
Master of Arts (Religion)81279
Doctor of Ministry10919-0-19
Certificate Programs-0-1-0-11
Non-degree Studies2-0--0-22
Totals6333534396
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) [Based on 1 headcount = 12 credit hours]73.5


DENOMINATIONS REPRESENTED

  • African Methodist Episcopal
  • Assembly of God
  • Baptist
  • Church of God in Christ
  • Church of the Brethren
  • Disciples of Christ
  • Episcopal
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Mennonite 
  • Metropolitan Community Churches
  • National Baptist
  • Nazarene
  • No Affiliation
  • Non-Denominational
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian USA
  • Reformed Church of America - Evangelical
  • Roman Catholic
  • Southern Baptist
  • Swedenborgian
  • The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist Church
  • Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches


RACE/ETHNICITY AGE DISTRIBUTION
33% African American45%40 and under
3%Hispanic/Latino/a16%41-50
64% Caucasian31% 51-59
<1% Two or More Races 8%60 and over


SEXUAL ORIENTATION DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT

All Students EnrolledLGBTQ Students
9618%


CAMPUS RACIAL DIVERSITY PERCENTAGES OF PEOPLE OF COLOR

2013-2014 Persons of Color2013-2014 Caucasian2014-2015 Persons of Color2014-2015 Caucasian2015-2016 Persons of Color2015-2016 Caucasian
Students37%63%39%62%37%63%
Regular Faculty0%100%13%87%13%87%
Adjunct Faculty31%69%21%79%22%78%
Staff & Administration30%70%27%73%24%76%
Trustees24%76%24%76%27%73%


HOME STATES / COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

Delaware
Illinois
Kentucky
Maryland
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Texas
US Virgin Islands
Virginia

FINANCIAL AID

73% of students receive financial aid in the form of Lancaster Seminary Scholarships
and/or federal Stafford loans

HOUSING
16% of students live in Seminary-owned housing