Template:Unreferenced stub Nonsectarian, in its most literal sense, refers to a lack of sectarianism. The term is also more narrowly used to describe secular private educational institutions or other organizations not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious denomination.

Academic sphereEdit

Examples of private universities that identify themselves as nonsectarian include Berea College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Cornell University, George Washington University, Hofstra University, Howard University, Kwansei Gakuin University, New York University, Northwestern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Reed College in Oregon, Rice University, Syracuse University, Tulane University, the University of Southern California, Washington University in St. Louis, and Woodbury University in California.

Private primary and secondary schools also self-identified as nonsectarian include Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in New York and Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania (the oldest nonsectarian school in the U.S.)[citation needed], Friends School Mullica Hill in New Jersey, Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as well as The Pembroke Hill School.

Pi Lambda Phi (ΠΛΦ or Pi Lam) is a college social fraternity founded by Frederick Manfred Werner, Louis Samter Levy, and Henry Mark Fisher at Yale University in 1895. It was founded as the first non-sectarian fraternity, "a fraternity in which all men were brothers, no matter what their religion; a fraternity in which ability, open-mindedness, farsightedness, and a progressive, forward-looking attitude would be recognized as the basic attributes."[1] It currently boasts 35 chapters and four colonies in the United States and one chapter in Canada. The fraternity founded the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity Educational Foundation[2]

Non-Academic InstitutionsEdit

Organizations that are explicitly nonsectarian include the Apex Clubs of Australia, those participating in the Ethical Culture Movement, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, and the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. In Northern Ireland, nonsectarian refers to groups identifying themselves as neither Nationalist/Republican or Unionist/Loyalist, such as the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.


Many cemeteries are known for being nonsectarian. In the United States, these are mainly Christian cemeteries that do not adhere to one branch of Christianity. These cemeteries are typically consecrated by a priest, but not to the standards of any specific requirements of any branches of the religion.[citation needed]


  1. The Founders' Period History of the Fraternity
  2. Foundation Pi Lambda Phi Educational Foundation, Inc.


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