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 (Ministry Leadership), 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

CERTIFICATE

Certificate in Theological Studies

AFFILIATIONS

Hispanic Summer Program

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Spiritual Direction specialization)

YWCA Lancaster



FACULTY

Core FacultyAdjunct FacultyStudent: Core Faculty Ratio
73316:1


STUDENT BODY STATISTICS (as of October 4, 2018, as reported to ATS)

ENROLLMENT: 117

DEGREE AND NON-DEGREE PROGRAM ENROLLMENT:

FemaleMaleDay ProgramWeekend ProgramTotal
Master of Divinity3736284573
MA (Religion)-0-
MA (Ministry & Leadership)1233
Doctor of Ministry25143939
Certificate Programs-0-
Non-degree Studies1122
Totals64536948117
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) [Based on 1 headcount = 12 credit hours]86


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
  • 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
23% African American29%40 and under
5%Hispanic/Latino/a27%41-50
68% Caucasian26% 51-59
3% African 16%60 and over
1%Two or More Races


SEXUAL ORIENTATION DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT

All Students EnrolledLGBTQ Students
11719%


CAMPUS RACIAL DIVERSITY PERCENTAGES

2016-2017 Persons of Color2016-2017 Caucasian2017-2018 Persons of Color2017-2018 Caucasian2087-2019 Persons of Color2018-2019 Caucasian
Students32%68%27%73%32%68%
Regular Faculty14%86%14%86%14%86%
Adjunct Faculty41%76%24%76%28%72%
Staff & Administration29%79%21%79%12.5%87.5%
Trustees27%67%33%67%43%57%


HOME STATES / COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

Delaware                 New Hampshire           Missouri
Florida                     North Carolina              Tanzania
Maryland                 Pennsylvania                Nigeria
New Jersey             West Virginia 
New York                Virginia
Ohio                        Mexico

 

FINANCIAL AID

65% of students receive financial aid in the form of Lancaster Seminary Scholarships
and/or federal Stafford loans

HOUSING
10% of students live in Seminary-owned housing