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Private Episcopal Colleges

There are a few private Episcopal schools located throughout the United States. The degree programs and worship opportunities at five institutions will be profiled in this article.

The five private Episcopal schools that we'll look at are a mix of traditional, four-year colleges and theological seminaries. Students interested in a faith-based education may be interested in one of the traditional colleges, while others, perhaps interested in pursuing a career within the church, might like to know more about the seminary options.

School Comparison

All of the schools in the chart below are private institutions and affiliated with the Episcopal faith.

School Name Location Tuition and Fees
Clarkson College Omaha, NE $16,290 (Undergraduate; 2017-2018)*
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, TN $58,000 (Undergraduate 2018-2019; includes tuition, room and board & fees)**
Voorhees College Denmark, SC $12,630 (Undergraduate; 2017-2018)*
Virginia Theological Seminary Alexandria, VA $14,355 (Master's Level Single Student; 2018-2019)**
Berkeley Divinity School New Haven, CT $25,420 (Graduate; 2018-2019)**

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **School Websites

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Overview of Private Episcopal Colleges

There are many differences between the schools listed. Clarkson College offers bachelor's degrees in the health sector, while Sewanee and Voorhees offer a variety of majors and student clubs. The seminaries offer graduate degrees in areas like divinity.

Clarkson College

Clarkson College began as Omaha's Good Samaritan Hospital in 1869, a product of the vision of Episcopal Bishop Robert H. Clarkson. The bishop was eager to see a top nursing school in the area, and the institution began training nurses about 20 years later. Today the college offers nine academic programs in health care, including health information management, community health, physical therapy, radiography, and nursing. Student organizations range from Campus Crusade to the Student Nurses Association.

Sewanee: The University of the South

According to the school website in 2018, Sewanee is the country's only school owned and operated by the Episcopal Church. The university strives to create an environment that offers students both worship and academic opportunities. Worship opportunities include a choir and eucharist services on Sunday evenings. Academic offerings include several dozen programs of study such as computer science, law, religious studies, and geology. The university has more than 90 student life organizations, such as the Student Government Association, Interfraternity and Intersorority Council, and various academic and spiritual groups.

Voorhees College

Voorhees College is a Historically Black educational institution committed to the Episcopal faith. Voorhees' mission is based on four strategic initiatives: creativity and innovation, teaching and learning, outreach ad engagement, and resource stewardship. Students can choose from over 15 academic majors, ranging from accounting and English to theological studies and mass communications. Students can also attend chapel services on Tuesday and Sunday mornings, along with Bible studies on Wednesday evenings. Student organizations include the Pre-Law Club, Concert Choir, Christian Fellowship, and intramural sports.

Virginia Theological Seminary

Virginia Theological Seminary was started in 1823 to educate students to become leaders in the Episcopal Church and society. The seminary offers morning worship services, Holy Eucharist services, and evening prayer sessions throughout the week. Students have several options for graduate degrees. The seminary offers master's degrees in divinity and arts, along with doctoral degrees in ministry development, educational leadership, and Christian spirituality.

Berkeley Divinity School

Berkeley Divinity School is an Episcopal seminary that became incorporated with Yale Divinity School in 1971. Students at Berkeley have full access to resources at Yale. The school awards three master's degrees: divinity, religion, and sacred theology. Berkeley incorporates many worship opportunities into the student experience. Weekday morning prayer sessions are held, followed by the Holy Eucharist. Students can also attend Community Eucharist services held on Wednesday evenings, as well as daily chapel services held at Yale Divinity School.


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