New Student Orientation

International Student (F-1) Orientation

(mandatory for all new F-1 visa students)

Thursday
August 31
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
(Break for lunch)

Session on Campus Life/Academic Life Alumni Hall
Friday
September 1
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session on F-1 Basics, Adjusting to Life in the U.S. Alumni Hall

New Dorm Students Welcome and Move In

Monday, September 4

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Welcome for new dorm students with the Housing Office and Dean of Students Kerr 317/318
5:00 pm New Dorm Students Cookout - RSVP here! Dining Hall patio

General Orientation

(mandatory for all new students, including F-1 visa students)

Tuesday, September 5

7:45 am Check in Kaiser Chapel lobby, Academic Center
8:00 am Welcome and Worship Kaiser Chapel
8:30 am Meet the Faculty Kaiser Chapel
9:00 am Continental Breakfast with Faculty Kaiser Chapel lobby
9:30 - 11:15 am

Academic Advising Sessions

  • MACO: AC237
  • MAR: AC151, 9:15 - 10:15 am
  • MASF: AC150
  • MDiv: Lecture Hall 1, Library
  • All other MA programs: AC240
  • ThM in Christian Thought: AC151, 10:15 - 11:15 am
  • ThM in Biblical Studies: AC234
  • ThM in Preaching: AC354
Academic Center and Library
     
11:30 am - 1:30 pm New Student Luncheon & Info Session
(meal provided by GCTS)
Alumni Hall
1:45 - 3:00 pm Financial Advising Session Alumni Hall
3:00 - 5:00 pm Old Testament and New Testament Competency Exams (register and access study guides here) Lecture Hall 1, Library
5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner with current students
(meal provided by GCTS; families are welcome)
Dining Hall

Wednesday, September 6

8:30 - 10:00 am "Body, Mind and Soul Care in Seminary . . . and Beyond" (hot breakfast provided by GCTS) Alumni Hall
10:15 am

Language Proficiency Exams (register and access study guides here)

  • Hebrew: AC240
  • Greek: AC242
Academic Center
12:00 pm Lunch with Current Students (discounted $5 lunch) Dining Hall
1:00 - 4:30 pm Registration Fair (individual timeslots will be assigned) Alumni Hall
1:00 - 4:30 pm Library Orientation (concurrent with registration fair; individual timeslots will be assigned) Goddard Library
5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner on your own  
7:00 - 8:30 pm Dessert with Faculty (individual invitations will be emailed to you; families are welcome) Faculty Homes and Retreat House

Thursday, September 7

7:00 am Continental Breakfast available to purchase Dining Hall
8:00 am Overview of the Old Testament Lecture Hall 1, Library
10:00 am Overview of the New Testament Lecture Hall 1, Library
12:00 pm Lunch with current students (cost covered by student) Dining Hall
1:00 - 2:15 pm Up Close and Personal with President Dennis Hollinger and Dr. Mary Ann Hollinger (spouses welcome) Alumni Hall
2:30 - 4:00 pm "Life as a Seminarian" panel (spouses welcome) Kaiser Chapel

Friday, September 8

6:00 pm Kick-off Worship Service (led by Student Association; families welcome) Kaiser Chapel
7:15 - 8:15 pm Ice Cream Fellowship with Student Association Kaiser Chapel lobby

Saturday, September 9

     
4:30 - 6:00 pm All-Seminary Chowdafest (families welcome) - RSVP here! Dining Hall/Kerr Building Grounds

Post-Orientation Events

Monday, September 11 Fall semester classes begin  

Tuesday, September 12 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Church Fair Alumni Hall and Great Hall

Wednesday, September 13
11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Fall Convocation Kaiser Chapel
Wednesday, September 13
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Seminary Spouses Orientation (child care provided; sign up with Student Life Services) - RSVP here! Retreat House
Saturday, September 16
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jumpstart Your Writing: Seminary Research & Writing Workshop (breakfast provided by the Student Association) - RSVP here! Kerr 419