Eastern Orthodox Colleges

Jul 10, 2020

There are a number of Eastern Orthodox colleges around the country, but most are not traditional schools. We explore one that offers a number of diverse bachelor's programs and on-campus clubs, but the rest of the programs in this article are theological seminaries offering degrees primarily in divinity or theology.

School Comparison

Eastern Orthodox institutions are located across the country from New Jersey to California and have varying tuition rates.

School Name Institution Type Location Annual Undergraduate Tuition and Fees*
University of Saint Katherine Private not-for-profit San Marcos, CA $24,900 (2020-2021)
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Private not-for-profit Jordanville, NY $8,000 (2020-2021)
Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute Private not-for-profit Berkeley, CA Not Available
Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary Private not-for-profit South Bound Brook, NJ $7,500 (most current)
Christ the Saviour Seminary Private not-for-profit Johnstown, PA $6,185 (2017-2018)

Sources: *School Websites

Overview of Eastern Orthodox Colleges

Students can earn traditional bachelor's degrees at the University of Saint Katherine. The remaining institutions offer bachelor's and/or master's degrees in areas like theology and divinity.

University of Saint Katherine

This university offers a host of bachelor's degrees in eleven different areas, including arts and humanities, divinity, and business management. Saint Katherine also offers pre-professional studies in health sciences and graduate studies, as well as PK-12 teaching certification preparation. There are a number of student organizations to participate in as well, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, the literary journal, and the Student Senate. Campus sports include softball, baseball, and men's and women's cross-country. Chapel services are held twice each week.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary is the only seminary in the United States affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church. The seminary is located on a monastery property and provides students with an understanding of the faith. Holy Trinity awards a bachelor's degree in theology and a master's degree in divinity. Students can also complete certificates in pastoral or theological studies. Seminary students are required to attend daily worship services at the monastery and attend classes until noon. Students study in the evenings, with silence enforced after 10:00 PM.

Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute

The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute allows students to complete a two-year program to earn their Master of Arts in Orthodox Christian Studies. This institutute is the only non-seminary institution in the country to offer such a degree. Students will need to display aptitude in a language related to Eastern Christianity, including German, Russian, Serbian, or Arabic. The institute also offers students various educational symposiums, a rare book room and museum. It also sponsors the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley.

Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary

Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary seeks to prepare teachers, clergy, and leaders in the Orthodox faith. The seminary allows students to attend on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete a three-year program toward a Master of Divinity. Part-time students will attend for three-years and can complete a hybrid Master of Divinity or a Master of Arts Post-Deaconate. Part-time students will attend monthly classes and pay per credit hour.

Christ the Saviour Seminary

Christ the Saviour Seminary prepares men to serve as Orthodox priests and also serves men who simply desire an Orthodox Christian education. The seminary awards bachelor's degrees in theology. There is also a Diocesan Diaconate Program, which prepares candidates to serve as deacons in their church. Students begin their day with either the Divine Liturgy or the Hours. Classes are held Tuesdays through Thursdays, with Fridays dedicated to study or work. Students can participate in a work-study program, with opportunities ranging from working at an incense company to the seminary bookstore.

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