History

Esperanza College was birthed from a tugging at the heart to impact the lives of people beyond the Sunday morning pulpit. It was, and is, a college unique to any other; an institution of redemption, grace and hope. This tug was felt by a group of Hispanic pastors in North Philadelphia in 1982 as they rallied together to serve a community suffering from poverty, unstable housing, low educational attainment, and high crime. The result was the creation of the Hispanic Clergy and in 1987, they developed a non-profit organization, called Nueva Esperanza Inc.

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Directions to Esperanza College


4261 North 5th Street
On the corner of 5th and Bristol Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19140-2615

Student waiting for busFrom I-95 Southbound:
Travel down I-95 Southbound and take the Allegheny Avenue exit. At the bottom of the ramp make a right turn onto Allegheny Avenue. Travel on Allegheny Avenue for about 2 miles until arriving at 5th Street. Turn right onto 5th Street. Follow 5th Street, passing Erie Avenue, Luzerne Street, and the Hunting Park Avenue intersections. At the next small intersection, Bristol Street, make a right turn. Esperanza College is in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. office building located on the corner of 5th and Bristol Streets. Enter through the Bristol Street entrance and proceed to the 2nd floor. Parking can be found on the street or at the end of our building on Bristol Street in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. lot.

From Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) East/King of Prussia:
Take I-76 East (Schuylkill Expressway) until reaching Roosevelt Boulevard (Route 1 North). Stay on Route 1 North (Roosevelt Blvd.) past Broad Street and bear to the right, taking the Wingohocken/9th street exit. After exiting, continue in the local lanes of the Boulevard through two traffic lights. Just past the second traffic light, Wyoming Street veers to the right at a 45o angle. Go one block on Wyoming to the traffic light. This is 5th street. Turn right and go to the third traffic light (Bristol Street) and turn left. Esperanza College is in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. office building located on the corner of 5th and Bristol Streets. Enter through the Bristol Street entrance and proceed to the 2nd floor. Parking can be found on the street or at the end of our building on Bristol Street in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. lot.

From Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) West/Airport:
Take I-76 West (Schuylkill Expressway) to Route 1 North. Follow Route 1 North (Roosevelt Blvd.) past Broad Street and bear to your right taking the 9th street exit. After exiting, make your way to the light and continue forward until you reach 5th Street. You will make a right on 5th Street and continue to Bristol. At Bristol make a left. Esperanza College is in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. office building located on the corner of 5th and Bristol Streets. Enter through the Bristol Street entrance and proceed to the 2nd floor. Parking can be found on the street or at the end of our building on Bristol Street in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. lot.

From Center City (without taking I-95 or 76):
Take Broad Street going North. Make a right turn onto Hunting Park Avenue. After traveling through the park, pass the intersections of 9th Street and 6th Street. At the next intersection, turn left. The next intersection will be 5th and Bristol Streets. It is a T intersection, with 5thcontinuing and Bristol intersecting from the right. Turn right onto Bristol. Esperanza College is in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. office building located on the corner of 5th and Bristol Streets. Enter through the Bristol Street entrance and proceed to the 2nd floor. Parking can be found on the street or at the end of our building on Bristol Street in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. lot.

Route 1 Southbound:
Take Route 1, Roosevelt Boulevard, Southbound. Stay in the local outside lanes. The travel time down Route 1 is approximately 20 minutes from the Pennsylvania turnpike/Street Road,depending on traffic. At the 5th Street intersection turn left. Continue on 5th Street, passing several intersections: Wyoming Avenue, Annsbury and Cayuga. The 5th and Bristol Street intersection is a T, with Bristol coming from the left. Turn left onto Bristol. Esperanza College is in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. office building located on the corner of 5th and Bristol Streets. Enter through the Bristol Street entrance and proceed to the 2nd floor. Parking can be found on the street or at the end of our building on Bristol Street in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. lot.

From New Jersey:
Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 4. After exiting, follow the signs to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Go over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and stay in the right hand lane. Immediately at the base of the bridge, turn right onto 5th Street. Continue on 5th Street (about 15-20 minutes), passing Spring Garden, Erie, Allegheny and Luzerne Streets. One block after crossing Hunting Park Avenue, turn right onto Bristol Street. Esperanza College is in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. office building located on the corner of 5th and Bristol Streets. Enter through the Bristol Street entrance and proceed to the 2nd floor. Parking can be found on the street or at the end of our building on Bristol Street in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. lot

Directions to Esperanza College via Septa:

SEPTA Information line: 215-580-7800
Web site: www.septa.com 

Address:  4261 North 5th St., Philadelphia, PA 19140
Esperanza College is on the corner of 5th and Bristol Streets. and our entrance is on Bristol Street.

If you are near 5th or 6th Streets:
Take the 47 Bus towards Hunting Park.  The 47 Bus runs right on 5th St. near Esperanza College.
Stop at stop at 5th and Bristol Streets. (one block north of Hunting Park Ave. if heading northbound and one block south of Cayuga St. if heading southbound)

If near the Market-Frankford Blue Line EL:

Take the Market-Frankford Blue Line EL towards 8th Street.
Get off and exit at the 8th Street Station
Walk to 7th St. to take the 47 Bus direction towards Godfrey Loop heading Northbound.
Stop at 5th and Bristol Streets. (one block north of Hunting Park Ave.)

If near Broad Street:

Take the Broad Street Orange Line Subway or the C Bus towards Erie Ave.
Get off and exit at the Erie Ave. Station. 
Take the 56 Bus direction towards Torresdale Loop and Cottman Ave. heading Eastbound.
Stop at 5th Street and take the 47 Bus direction towards Godfrey Loop heading Northbound.
Stop at 5th and Bristol Streets. (one block north of Hunting Park Ave.)

From Wissahickon Transfer Center, Frankford Transfer Center, or Roosevelt BLVD:
Take the R Bus towards 5th Street and Roosevelt BLVD.
Stop at 5th Street to take the 47 Bus direction towards Whitman Plaza 2 heading Southbound.
Stop at 5th and Bristol Streets. (one block south of Cayuga St.)

Free parking is available in the Nueva Esperanza, Inc. lot adjacent to the building.

Enter the building from Bristol Street entrance. Esperanza College is located on the second floor.