#48 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Eastern University

Saint Davids, Pennsylvania

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Eastern University overview
Location Saint Davids, Pennsylvania
Online eastern.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation American Baptist
Eastern University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Eastern University is a private, coeducational Christian university located in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, which is situated just west of Philadelphia, granting students the dual benefit of a suburban campus environment with proximity to an urban center. Founded in 1925, the university boasts a picturesque campus known for its Collegiate Gothic architecture. Eastern University offers a broad range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, with a particular emphasis on faith, reason, and justice across disciplines. Notable academic offerings include programs in education, business, and the social sciences. Although Eastern University has a moderately selective admissions process, it welcomes a diverse body of students each year. On-campus housing is available, fostering a vibrant residential community. Eastern does not specifically emphasize athletics, focusing instead on academic and spiritual development.

In the most recent statistical year 2,994 prospective students applied, and 1,893 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 464 enrolled in the school.  2,310 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,459 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $35,864 plus fees of $600. Eastern University is ranked 680 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Eastern University is rated within the lower 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Eastern University overview
SAT 1010/1190
ACT 20/24
GPA 3.58

Applications Accepted

Eastern University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Eastern University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,396
Other Fees$600
Room and Board $12,424
Budget for Other Expenses$4,248
Total One Year Cost$54,532

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$45,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

67% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Eastern University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 24%
Education 17%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 16%
Health Professions 9%
Theology and Religious Vvocations 8%

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