Located in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia, Bryn Athyn College of the New Church has entered a heyday of sorts after anchoring the community with student living since 1877. Initially intended to train ministers, the college has since adopted a wide ranging liberal arts curriculum that focuses on experiential learning. While the school continues to proliferate the tenets of the New Church - specifically the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg - it has enjoyed much recent growth. In 2009, Bryn Athyn College completed a new science center, admissions building and student life facility to improve student living. Enrollment now stands near 300 students, some of whom opt to rent off campus housing in the rustic community.
Those in student housing at Bryn Athyn College receive a somewhat unique educational experience by virtue of the school's emphasis on experiential learning and the liberal arts. Bryn Athyn offers majors in Biology, Education, English, History and Religion, though an Interdisciplinary Studies option allows students to combine two disciplines into a single major. The academic experience is underscored by periods of study spent completing internships, service learning arrangements and semesters abroad. All students have at least one service or internship experience during their time at the college.
Those who decide to live in off campus housing are able to live in a tranquil environment surrounded by acres of undeveloped land. Students can find time to relax while exploring the nearby Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, eight miles of trails that follow a creek through woods and fields.
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