Eastern University is a private institution in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1925 as a department in the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The university became a separate institution in 1952 and moved to its current location. It was renamed Eastern College in 1972 and achieved university status in 2001. It also recently acquired its parent institution. The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary is now part of Eastern University. Eastern University is structured into five different colleges, with departments located on the main campus. The campus includes 114 acres of academic buildings and is just a few miles west of Philadelphia.
Eastern University offers three paths to earning a BSN. These CCNE-accredited programs include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN. However, the university does not offer any graduate degree programs in nursing. The accelerated BSN program is a two-year program for those who already have a bachelor’s degree with a non-nursing major. The traditional BSN is a four-year program and requires 20 credits of prerequisite courses. These courses can be completed at Eastern University or any accredited institution. Both programs include clinical placements at local clinics. Some of these locations include children’s hospitals, outpatient clinics, and hospice care.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students3,291|
|Student to Faculty Ratio10:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
Middle States Commission on Higher Education|
07/01/1954 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
09/28/2002 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1000 to 1200|
|ACT||20 to 26|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Considered but not required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$695/credit|
|In State Students||$695/credit|
|Out of State Students||$695/credit|
|In District Students||$690/credit|
|In State Students||$690/credit|
|Out of State Students||$690/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Eastern University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||24%||$466|
|State Grant & Scholarships||34%||$3,563|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||100%||$17,522|
|Federal Student Loans||73%||$6,163|
$23,675Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$20,412|
|$30,001 to $48,000$18,308|
|$48,001 to $75,000$20,579|
|$75,001 to $110,000$22,388|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.