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Princeton Theological Seminary

Princeton Theological Seminary

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Princeton Theological Seminary prepares women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion, and joy, equipping them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms and the academy, and in the public arena.

A professional and graduate school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Seminary stands within the Reformed tradition, affirming the sovereignty of the triune God over all creation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ as God’s saving word for all people, the renewing power of the word and Spirit in all of life, and the unity of Christ’s servant church throughout the world. This tradition shapes the instruction, research, practical training, and continuing education provided by the Seminary, as well as the theological scholarship it promotes.

ATS Accreditation Status: Accredited

64 Mercer Street
PO Box 821
Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

Phone: 609-921-8300
Fax: 609-924-2973

Iain R. Torrance, President Ph: 609-497-7800
James F. Kay, Dean of Academic Affairs Ph: 609 497-7941

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Fall 2010 Data:
Enrollment: 555 (535.7 FTE)
Faculty Full-Time: 43
Faculty Part-Time: 26

Approved Degrees: Master of Arts/Master of Social Work , Master of Divinity/Master of Arts , MDiv, MA, MA (Theological Studies), ThM, PhD

Comprehensive distance education program: no

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4 Reviews

  1. I love Princeton, but here’s my rating system. I chose Princeton because I love Barth, but there are good reasons to choose these other schools too.

    Mainline Protestant:

    1. Yale
    2. Princeton
    3. Duke
    4. Drew
    5. Nashotah House


    1. Gordon-Conwell/Reformed
    2. Asbury/Wesleyan
    3. Fuller
    4. Regent College
    5. TETS

    Liberal Protestant

    1. Harvard
    2. Union Theological Seminary
    3. Vanderbilt
    4. Candler
    5. ANTS

  2. Princeton Theological Seminary is hands down the best Seminary for preparing world class leaders and scholars. The ecumenical spirit on campus is fantastic. There’s a spirit of charitableness among students and faculty that I see lacking in the larger sphere of orthodox Christianity today.

  3. I believe Princeton is among the top five seminaries in the country and I’ll try to explain that view below.

    I have completed two semesters here at Princeton. Overall, the seminary has a wide variety of great opportunities. For one thing we have the second largest theological library in the world, second only to the Vatican. That doesn’t mean we have everything, but it does mean that you have a higher chance of finding it here than anywhere else. We are also closely affiliated with Princeton University and the Center of Theological Inquiry. Seminarians can and often do take classes at the University. Here are some general characteristics from my perspective.

    Conservative-Liberal Orientation: Moderate
    Size: Medium
    Access to Professors: Fair-Good
    Diversity: Highly Diverse
    Financial Aid: Hands Down the BEST in the Nation. If you pay at all it usually isn’t more than $10,000 a year. The seminary spends $83,000 a year on every student.
    Endowment: Massive
    Quality of the Professors: Good-Best
    Community: Slightly Cliquey – students are generally parish or academically driven.
    Main Intellectual Competitors: #1 Duke Divinity and #2 Yale Divinity.

    Positive Attributes:
    1. Academic Resources
    2. Field Education Resources
    3. Access to Princeton University (Classes, libraries, faculty, etc.)
    4. Moderate and Accepting Theological Climate
    5. Several Top of the Field Faculty Members
    6. Proximity to NYC, Philadelphia, and other cities.
    7. Opportunities to work with wealthy churches, poor churches, progressive churches, conservative churches, non-profits, chaplaincies, political positions, and just about anything else you can think of.

    Negative Attributes:
    1. The community is slightly cliquey.
    2. Weak in certain academic sub-fields.
    3. Princeton is a very expensive town.

    Faculty Strengths:
    Biblical Studies: Fantastic – easily top 3 school.
    Practical Theology: Fantastic – easily top 3 school.
    Theology: Barth, Newbigin, Tillich, Niebur, Martin Luther King Jr., Ethics, Patristics, Augustine, etc.
    Theological Orientation (generalized): Postliberal Theology
    Church History: Patristics, Syriac, Medieval, Reformation, American, Modern European (French).

    Faculty Weaknesses/Discrepencies:
    1. Don’t take Radical Orthodoxy seriously.
    2. Not too strong in regards to postmodern/post-structuralist epistemology.

    • K.W.

      I am curious about your statement that Princeton pays $83,000 a year per student. As I did the math for cost at Princeton Theological Seminary per year, it seems to be $46,775. Therefore, this statement feels a little far-fetched. I would absolutely love to believe that it’s true, so I was curious as to how you know this to be true?



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