Facts of Note

about Starr King School for the Ministry

Historical Facts

Established: 1904
Enrollment in 1904: 2 full-time students, 5 special students
First graduating class: Vernon Moser Cady and Naokatsu Kubushiro in 1908
Faculty in 1904: 1
Internship program established: 1950s
SKSM joins Graduate Theological Union1964

Current Facts

SKSM students 2011

SKSM Students Fall 2012

FALL 2012 ENTERING STUDENT SURVEY

Each class is its own special creation.  For example, the multi-religious anti-oppression educational model is the top reason SKSM was chosen by this class and a full 50% of the entering students are low-residence.  Last year, ages were well-distributed over four decades.  Half of this year’s class is comprised of students in their 30s.  Read on.

  • Top two time-frames in discernment for graduate school, in general:
    1. fewer than 2 years - 38%
    2. 4 to 7 years - 31%
  • Top two time-frames in discernment for theology school, in particular: 
    1. fewer than 2 - 44%
    2. 2 to 4 - 38%
  • Top time-frame in discernment for Starr King, in particular: fewer than 2 years - 75%
  • Top 3 reasons Starr King was chosen:
    1. Multi-religious anti-oppression educational model 56%
    2. Flexible, low-residency educational program 38%
    3. Location 6%
  • Undergraduate degrees possessed:  BA 75%; BS 13%; No undergraduate degree 13%
  • Percent with advanced degrees: 31%
  • Theology degree sought: Master of Divinity 86%; Master of Arts in Social Change 14%
  • Top 4 reasons this degree is chosen:
    1. Spiritual Call 44%
    2. Social Change 25%
    3. Ministry 19%
    4. Chaplaincy 13%
  • Low Residency 50%; High Residency 38%;  Mixed Residency 12%
  • Top 3 dream jobs after graduation:
    1. Minister 70%
    2. Chaplain 15%
    3. Professor 15%
  • Age: 20s -13%;  30s – 50%;  40s -25%; 50s - 6%; 60s - 6%
  • Citizenship: 88% U.S.;  12% Other (Romania and Singapore)
  • Top areas of residence before starting seminary: California – 25%;  The South – 25%; East Coast – 19%; Mid-West – 19%; Romania/Transylvania – 6%; Istanbul, Turkey – 6%
  • Religious/spiritual/faith identity: UU – 63%; Muslim – 19%;  Pagan – 6%;  Quaker – 6%; Unknown -6%
  • Ethnic identity: White – 82%;  Black - 6%;  Native American - 6%; Indian – 6%
  • Gender identity: male – 56%;  female - 44%
  • Sexual identity: heterosexual - 63%;  queer/gay/lesbian - 19%;  bisexual - 19%
  • Partnership status: single – 50%;  married - 38%;  singularly partnered - 6%;  divorced - 6%
  • Dependents: Without - 50%; With – 50%: 1 dependent - 25%;  2 dependents - 19%;  4 or more dependents - 6%

 

2011-2012 ENTERING STUDENT SURVEY

SKSM students 2011

SKSM Students Fall 2011

  • Median number of years spent discerning graduate school, in general: 7
  • Median number of years spent discerning theology school, in particular: 3
  • Years spent discerning Starr King, in particular: 1.5
  • Top 3 theology schools considered:
    1. SKSM 72%
    2. Meadville-Lombard 27%
    3. Harvard Divinity 14%
  • Percent who could name the person who referred them to Starr King: 36%
  • Top 3 reasons Starr King was chosen:
    1. Flexible, low-residency educational program, 27%  
    2. Multi-religious anti-oppression educational model, 23%
    3. Location, 10%
  • Undergraduate degrees possessed: 75% BA; 15% BS; 10% BFA; 10% BA and BS
  • Percent with advanced degrees: 33%
  • Theology degree sought: 18% Master of Arts in Religious Leadership for Social Change;  82% Master of Divinity
  • Top 4 reasons this degree is chosen:
    1. Ministry 35%
    2. Spiritual Call 25%
    3. Chaplaincy 20%
    4. Create Social Change 15%  
  • Full-time:  72%;  Part-time: 28%
  • Low Residency 35%; High Residency 45%;  Mixed Residency 20%
  • Top 3 dream jobs after graduation:
    1. Ministry 50%
    2. Chaplain 15%
    3. Professor 10%
  • Age: 20s -24%;  30s -29%;  40s -14%; 50s - 33%
  • Citizenship: 91% U.S.;  9% Other (Hungarian and Dutch)
  • Top 2 areas of residence before starting seminary: California - 45%;  East Coast – 19%
  • Ethnic identity: White, 81%;  Black, 9%;  Filipino, 5%;  Multiple, 5%
  • Gender identity: female, 55%;  male, 41%;  gender-queer, 4%
  • Sexual identity: heterosexual, 60%;  queer/gay/lesbian, 35%;  bisexual, 5%
  • Partnership status: single 20%;  married 43%;  singularly partnered, 25%  divorced, 4%;  widowed 8%
  • Percent with dependents: 55%.  Breakdown: 1 dependent, 30%;  3 dependents, 15%;  2 dependents, 10%

 

Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
ATS Annual Data Table, 2010-2011. The ATS annual data tables, compiled from the annual report forms submitted by the Association’s 261 member schools, contain a wealth of information about student enrollment, faculty composition and compensation, and institutional finances and development. The statistics in this newest report reflect the addition of eleven new member schools with approximately 1,000 additional students.

Clery Report 2012 Crime Statistics

 


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