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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Esperanza College at a Glance:

  • 100% of students receive the Esperanza College Grant worth more than 53% of tuition!
  • Day and evening classes available
  • 44% of our students are first in their family to attend college
  • 16:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Spanish dominant speaking students are able to start their college credit classes during their first year in Spanish instructed classes and then transition to class instruction English in their third semester.
  • Christian learning environment
  • Esperanza students transition seamlessly to Eastern University for their bachelor’s degree.
  • 2011Hispanic Choice Awards ‘Education Champion of the Year’
  • 2013 finalist in the Excelencia in Education!

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