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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Student Life


Student Life Office is designed to provide students with opportunities to be enriched academically, culturally, and spiritually.  Student Life includes:

Advising – Students receive academic advising and support by Esperanza College staff and faculty. Students receive academic advising from their Concentration Director to ensure that students are properly guided through their academic journey and are on track for graduation.

Programs & Activities – Throughout the year various opportunities are available to students to enhance their academic endeavors. Opportunities include career workshops, study skills workshops, fitness (Zumba), chapels, student groups, and fellowship opportunities such as our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck that is open to students, faculty, staff, and their families.

Student Advisory Council – Students are selected from each cohort to participate in planning meetings with the Student Life Coordinator to disseminate information to their cohorts.

Academic enrichment – Highly motivated students holding a high GPA may be eligible to gain further academic exposure through membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

Students are encouraged to seek academic support when having difficulty in subject areas such as English, Math, Biology and Computer Literacy through their academic advisor. Students are encouraged to participate in Saturday Study Days, which provides a space to concentrate and study on specific Saturdays.