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.

Earlham School of Religion adopts the federally mandated anti-discrimination statement, requiring that no discrimination shall occur, regarding admissions or access to, or treatment or employment in, any program or activity in the School on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Moreover, the School moves beyond this minimal statement and affirms its commitment to equality of opportunity for all individuals who desire the type of theological education offered within the context of the School's mission statement - including on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Furthermore, since ESR is committed to maintaining its Quaker identity, it will actively seek candidates who are Quaker and ecumenical students who are in congruence with Quaker testimonies.

To learn more about ESR, discuss your graduate study interests, or schedule a visit, contact Director of Recruitment and Admissions Julie Dishman at 800-432-1377. You can also find an overview of ESR's application process or request more information online.


Please note: The ESR Admissions Office will be closed from December 19, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Please allow for adequate processing of phone and email messages when the office reopens.



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 scholarships or types of financial aid, the financial aid application process, and financial aid time limits.

Watch a brief introduction to ESR