Our History


Bryn Athyn College has been educating undergraduates for more than 130 years, dating back to its 1877 incorporation as part of the Academy of the New Church under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Academy included the College as well as a seminary and two secondary schools. In 1997, the College changed its name from the Academy of the New Church College to Bryn Athyn College of the New Church.

Today, the Academy of the New Church continues to serve as the parent organization for Bryn Athyn College, in addition to the Theological School and the Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools.

Bryn Athyn College is affiliated with the New Churchalso known as the General Church of the New Jerusalema religious organization based on the teachings of the Bible and the 18th century philosopher and theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg.

To learn more about the history of Bryn Athyn College and the New Church check out the Swedenborg Library Digital Collections and browse through the Archives.

About the New Church

Education at Bryn Athyn is enriched by the spiritual values and tenets of the New Church, which encourage the practical application of truth to life. Bryn Athyn College students are encouraged to connect their deeply held spiritual beliefs to both their academic studies and to the practical aspects of their daily lives.

New Church theology teaches that “All religion is of life, and the life of religion is to do good.” In keeping with our religious foundation, we believe it’s not just about you, but about how you live your beliefs and what you do to make a difference.