Admissions and Financial Aid

Choosing a graduate seminary education is as much the product of inward leadings and individual and corporate discernment, as it is researching schools and programs. ESR's admissions office can help you answer a multitude of questions about seminary education, our programs, paying for school, and how they fit into your vision of ministry. Questions like:

  • Which program will best prepare you for vocational, volunteer or lay ministry?
  • What does it mean to balance spiritual formation and intellectual rigor?
  • Is it possible or practical to pursue educational goals given my career, financial, or family circumstances?

We examine these questions through a uniquely Quaker perspective on education, religion, family and community life, and vocational calling. We invite you to talk with us about your interests, plans, goals and challenges. We hope that together we can discern a future for you that includes Earlham School of Religion.

To learn more about ESR, discuss your graduate study interests, or schedule a visit, contact Director of Recruitment and Admissions Matt Hisrich or Admissions Secretary Julie Dishman at 800-432-1377.

Financial Aid

ESR students have the opportunity to take advantage of merit-based and need-based financial aid to help meet their expenses. We encourage you to explore these options, and to work with the ESR Business Manager to fit these into a plan that will allow you to complete your education without incurring excessive debt.

You will want to familiarize yourself with types of financial aid, the application process, and financial aid time limits.

Watch a brief introduction to ESR