Application Procedures – Charlotte
When should I begin my application? When is the deadline?
Applications are accepted no earlier than one year in advance of the expected date of matriculation and must be completed at least one month prior to the beginning of the term for which admission is sought. Please note that Please note that the deadlines for financial aid and scholarship applications are different from the deadline for admissions applications. You may reference the Financial Aid page for FAFSA and scholarship deadlines.
How do I apply?
Please note to the left additional information for International Students; MACC Students; and Special Instructions for transfers, visiting students from another seminary, special partnership (YoungLife, SIM, Salvation Army, IV, etc.) applicants, official auditors and current students.
Applications will be submitted to the Admissions Committee once the following items have been received:
Semlink and Non-Degree Seeking applicants should complete the full application.
My application is complete, now what?
Your application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review, and a decision regarding your admission will be made within two weeks.
Reserve your admission by returning the Biographical Data Form and $75 matriculation deposit, as well as any other items included in your acceptance packet (i.e. Informed Consent Agreement for MACC students). Your Gordon-Conwell email address and web systems login information cannot be created until these items are received.
Once we receive your Biographical Data Form and $75 matriculation deposit, the Admissions Office will send by email a letter which includes your student id number and advisor's contact information. At this time, your student email account and web systems logins will also be generated and sent to you.
After reserving, Semlink students may register immediately for their first Semlink class. Semlink students do not need to submit the matriculation deposit.
Apply for a Scholarship
The primary scholarship for students of the Charlotte campus is the Partnership Program. This is a full-tuition scholarship opportunity. All new students are encouraged to consider participating the Partnership Program.
There are a number of other scholarships also available to new Gordon-Conwell students. New Students are encouraged to review the Financial Aid page for further information. Under Scholarships and Grants, the Everett Foundation Scholarship and the Carouth Foundation Scholarship are open to new students. Many other scholarships may also be available, several possibilities are mentioned on the page for Funding From Other Sources.
Apply for Financial Aid
Visit the Financial Aid page for instructions on applying for federal loans.
Communicate with Your Advisor
All degree-seeking students are assigned an academic advisor. Your advisor is available for assistance in selecting courses and devising a degree completion plan. New Students are encouraged to contact their advisor as early as possible, and to schedule a meeting with their advisor before beginning classes.
Begin Online Pre-Orientation
Once you are reserved and have received your Gordon-Conwell student id, email address and login information, you will be registered in the Online Pre-Orientation course in Sakai - our online course management system. You will receive an introduction email alerting you that you have been added to this course. It is recommended that you begin working through the online orientation as early as possible, and take your time to truly learn what is presented. This course has been designed not only as a comprehensive introduction to Gordon-Conwell - Charlotte, but also as a lead-in to your first Integrative Seminar - IS502 Research and Writing Seminar.
Prepare for the Bible Competency Exams
All students are required to demonstrate Biblical competency by either 1) satisfactorily completing the survey classes OT 500 and NT 501; or, 2) passing the Biblical Competency Exams. This requirement must be met within the first year, and is pre/co-requisite for almost all other courses. If a student chooses or is required to take the survey classes, these may be applied towards a degree as a general elective. Some degrees do not include general elective classes, in which case the survey classes must be taken as extra courses.
New students are provided the opportunity to take the Bible Competency Exams during the semester in which they matriculate on campus. The exams may only be taken once. There are two separate exams, one New Testament and one Old Testament. These may be taken at the same time or separately. If a student passes one but not the other, then he/she will be required to take the survey class for the subject failed. Students will be able to schedule their exam time(s) during New Student Orientation, or any time afterward by contacting the Registration Office.
Information regarding registration procedures will be sent to you by the Admissions Office in the months prior to orientation. Class schedules for upcoming semesters are available online.
Students beginning with Semlink classes may register for their class(es) online at the Semlink webpage. Registration requires a Gordon-Conwell email address and access to the Sakai course management site. Once you have reserved and received this information, you may register for Semlink classes. Full tuition payment is required before the course begins. For more information on the Semlink class format and registration, please visit the Semlink webpages.
You will be responsible for adhering to the policies in the current Student Handbook and Academic Catalog as well as meeting all of the deadlines listed in the Academic Calendar. Please be sure to review this information carefully. These items are all available here.
Welcome to Gordon-Conwell! Your seminary experience can be a rewarding as well as challenging time. To insure that you get a good start at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Charlotte, new students are invited to attend New Student Orientation. Due to the important information that is presented, all certificate and degree-seeking students are required to attend this event. Special students are not required to attend, but are strongly encouraged to do so.
New Student Orientation is completed in two parts - an online pre-orientation course and the New Student Orientation event held on campus. Both parts are required. New Students are sent necessary information and reminders well in advance of New Student Orientation.
Generally, this should be completed before the New Student Orientation event on campus. The online material not only provides valuable information for getting started at Gordon-Conwell, but also affords a great opportunity to become familiar with our class management platform, Sakai. The online material is also available throughout your first semester, in case you need to reference any of this later.
New Student Orientation Event - On Campus
New Student Orientation events are held at the beginning of the Spring and Fall semesters. Check-In begins at 8:00 a.m.. on Saturday morning, and the event ends by 4:00 pm. Upcoming Orientation dates are:
Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report
A copy of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus or property owned or controlled by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a paper copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety or by accessing an electronic copy at the following web link:
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, handicap or veteran status. A complete statement of compliance with federal laws and regulations can be found in the Gordon-Conwell Student Handbook.