United at a Glance Fall 2022

Information updated on May 10, 2023.

United Theological Seminary is the second largest United Methodist theological school in the United States.1 It was founded in 1871 by Milton Wright, a Bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and father of aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. United offers accredited, innovative graduate and non-degree education programs for both clergy and laity.


  • 467 students
  • 45% doctoral students
  • 55% masters students
  • 72 international students from 20 countries*
  • Students from 33 states
  • 40% female*
  • 60% male*
  • 37% African American*
  • 30% Caucasian*
  • 21% US Non-residents
  • 8% Hispanic*
  • 2% Asian*
  • 1.5% Two or more races*
  • 0.4% American Indian or Alaska Native*
  • 42 denominations*

* Figures represent those who responded. All figures rounded to the nearest whole number.


United conducts an alumni/ae survey.3 In 2021, 13% of the 2,169 alumni/ae contacted responded to the survey.

United’s dedication to providing an educational experience that values the local church and prepares people for pastoral ministry is recognized by judicatories and borne out in levels of ordination and service in local churches.

According to responses to this survey:

  • 89% Would recommend United to a prospective student.
  • 93% Are currently employed in or retired from ministry.
  • 79% Serve in local parishes.4
  • 13% Work in either denominational offices or chaplaincy positions.5


In the 2021-22 academic year, 86% of United students received non-loan assistance in the form of scholarships or waivers. These students received, on average, $3,809 in student aid.

[1] The Association of Theological Schools. Annual Data Tables 2022-2023. Table 1.2 Significant Institutional Characteristics of Each Member School, 2022-2023. Relative position is based on headcount enrollment.

[2] Represents unduplicated headcount enrollment for the Fall 2022 term.

[3] The 2021 alumni/ae survey was sent in April 2021 to alumni/ae who graduated with a degree or certificate from United in years ranging from the 1940s to 2020, for whom the seminary had email contact information (2,169 of 4,412 living alumni/ae). Data collected represents a 13% response rate of the 2,169 alumni/ae contacted.

[4] Or if retired, were serving in this capacity at time of retirement.

[5] Or if retired, were serving in this capacity at time of retirement.

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