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
73414:1


STUDENT BODY STATISTICS (as of October 6, 2017, as reported to ATS)

ENROLLMENT: 101

DEGREE AND NON-DEGREE PROGRAM ENROLLMENT:

FemaleMaleDay ProgramWeekend ProgramTotal
Master of Divinity3625352661
MA (Religion)2-0--0-22
MA (Ministry & Leadership)222
Doctor of Ministry20143434
Certificate Programs-0-
Non-degree Studies11112
Totals59427031101
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) [Based on 1 headcount = 12 credit hours]76.6


DENOMINATIONS REPRESENTED

  • African Methodist Episcopal
  • Anglican Church
  • Assemblies of God
  • Baptist
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Church of the Brethren
  • Disciples of Christ
  • 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
20% African American28%40 and under
3%Hispanic/Latino/a20%41-50
72% Caucasian32% 51-59
4% African 18%60 and over


SEXUAL ORIENTATION DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT

All Students EnrolledLGBTQ Students
10119%


CAMPUS RACIAL DIVERSITY PERCENTAGES

2015-2016 Persons of Color2015-2016 Caucasian2016-2017 Persons of Color2016-2017 Caucasian2017-2018 Persons of Color2017-2018 Caucasian
Students37%63%32%68%27%73%
Regular Faculty14%86%14%86%14%86%
Adjunct Faculty22%78%41%59%24%76%
Staff & Administration24%76%29%71%21%79%
Trustees27%73%27%73%33%67%


HOME STATES / COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

Delaware                 New Hampshire
Florida                     North Carolina
Maryland                 Pennsylvania
New Jersey             Texas  
New York                Virginia
Ohio                        Mexico

 

FINANCIAL AID

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

HOUSING
8% of students live in Seminary-owned housing