Reformed Presbyterian Colleges

Apr 25, 2018

Reformed Presbyterian colleges are not very common, but can be found in South Carolina and Pennsylvania. Here we discuss these colleges, their tuition rates, student population sizes and other distinguishing traits.

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Students interested in attending a Reformed Presbyterian college can choose between a couple of traditional, 4-year institutions and a theological seminary. These schools vary in size, available degree programs and other factors students may want to consider when selecting a college. Find out more about each school and its unique characteristics here.

School Comparison

Located in the eastern part of the country, Reformed Presbyterian colleges are distributed between two states. Learn about each school's location and tuition rate in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Erskine College 4-year, private not-for-profit Due West, SC $34,560
Geneva College 4-year, private not-for-profit Beaver Falls, PA $26,070
Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary 4-year, private not-for-profit Pittsburgh, PA $12,456

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Descriptions of Reformed Presbyterian Colleges

The few Reformed Presbyterian colleges still provide students with a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs to pursue. These colleges also offer different resources and opportunities for personal growth and student development. Compare and contrast the different Reformed Presbyterian colleges in the country.

Erskine College

Erskine College is a private institution in the northwestern part of South Carolina that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificate programs. Students can pursue bachelor's degrees in areas like psychology, music, athletic training, math, English, business administration, education, biology and history. Graduate degree programs are offered through the school's seminary in areas like divinity, theology and ministry. The school has a little over 550 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Erskine was founded by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church in 1839 and encourages students to be open to the truth while incorporating faith with learning. The campus offers a state-of-the-art science center, a museum and gallery, picnic areas and recreation areas, as well as several different NCAA Division II sports, including basketball, soccer, tennis, golf and volleyball.

Geneva College

Geneva College is a Christian College of Distinction for 2017-2018 and is ranked a Top 3 Best Value Regional University for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. The school also has a nationally ranked undergraduate engineering program, but students may pursue study in a variety of areas at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Some of these areas include organizational leadership, business administration, human development, communication, education, speech-language pathology, criminology, youth ministry, Biblical studies and chemistry. Located in the western part of Pennsylvania, the school has around 1,700 enrolled students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Nearly 100% of Geneva's students receive some form of financial aid to help pay for school. The Center for Student Engagement offers immersion trips to connect students' faith with action, leadership development, service learning opportunities and a wide range of student activities, including Film Fest and the Mystery Bus Trip.

Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a graduate school that is also located in the western portion of Pennsylvania. As of 2016, the school had close to 100 students and offers a Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry program, all of which have the option for a biblical counseling concentration. Students may also pursue a missionary training certificate, biblical counseling certificate, servant of the church certificate or ministry diploma. Faculty, staff and students can participate in a time of prayer each Tuesday afternoon and in regular FEAST (Friends Eating At Seminary Tables) events. The school also offers athletic activities, picnics, cultural activities and the all-female group, Seminary Women, specifically designed to help female students, student wives and faculty wives grow in their faith through instruction and fellowship.

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