Eastern University

Saint Davids, PA 19087
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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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students3,291
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
American Baptist
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate75%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 3 23
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1000 to 1200
ACT20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
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).
Application fee
Undergrads $35
Graduates $35

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$695/credit
In State Students$695/credit
Out of State Students$695/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$690/credit
In State Students$690/credit
Out of State Students$690/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $31,275 $31,275 $31,275
ADN 70 $48,650 $48,650 $48,650
BSN 125 $86,875 $86,875 $86,875
FNP 50 $34,500 $34,500 $34,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 39% $4,476
Other Federal Grant 24% $466
State Grant & Scholarships 34% $3,563
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $17,522
Federal Student Loans 73% $6,163
Private Loans 15% $13,517


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$26,933

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Eastern University
1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, PA 19087

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