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New Student Guide

Whether you are a primarily digital student or attending through one of our southeast campuses (Charlotte or Jacksonville), we are excited to welcome you to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Our entire community is available to assist you each step of the way.

This New Student Guide provides a broad overview as you navigate your entry into seminary through Gordon-Conwell. Our online New Student Orientation will provide further depth and assistance. This web resource is intended as a first pass through the overall process.

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01. Accepted

You’ve been accepted … now what?

Next Step: Reserve

  1. Confirm your acceptance by first returning the Notification of Intent form included with your acceptance email.
  2. Submit a $100 matriculation (reservation) deposit.
  • By Personal Check:
    c/o Admissions; 130 Essex Street; Hamilton, MA 01982
  • By Credit Card »

After submitting your notification of intent and matriculation deposit, you are now considered “matriculated” (although you may often catch us using the simpler term “reserved.”)

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02. Matriculated

You’ve reserved your place at Gordon-Conwell … now what?

Three Important Emails

Registration Confirmation

This email, sent to your personal email address, notifies you that we have received your Notification of Intent (NOI) and matriculation deposit. You are now matriculated/reserved. This email signals our admissions team to begin connecting you to other teams and systems you will depend on as a Gordon-Conwell Student.

GCTS Account

Within 24–72 hours of receiving your matriculation email, you will also receive system-generated email sent to your personal email address with your Gordon-Conwell student account name, email address, and a temporary password. Note: some email servers automatically sort these messages into your spam/junk mail folder. If you do not see this email in your inbox within the 24–72 hour timeframe, be sure to check you spam/junk folder.

Student Success

Shortly after receiving your GCTS account email, you will also receive an email (sent to both your personal email address and your new GCTS email address) from your Student Success Representative to schedule your Welcome Call.

Wait … What Exactly is a Student Success Representative?

After matriculating, each new student receives a Student Success Representative. Your Student Success Representative provides guidance about your program progress and logistics, and also serves as your advocate throughout your studies. Student Success Representatives are not only staff members, they are current students who know what it takes to succeed at Gordon-Conwell.

Your Student Success Representative will initiate communication with you as soon as your student account has been created, and will schedule a Welcome Call with you. Please plan to communicate with your Student Success Representative each semester before registering for classes to check in regarding your degree program progress and discuss scheduling options.

Contact Your Student Success Representative

Master of Divinity (MDIV) [email protected]
MA in Theological Studies (MATS) [email protected]
MA in Christian Counseling (MACC) MACCStude[email protected]
MA in Christian Ministries (MACM) [email protected]
MA in Global Leadership Leadership (MAGL) [email protected]
Graduate Certificates [email protected]

Next Steps…

  1. Apply for financial aid »
  2. Log into your GCTS email account and change your temporary password using the instructions provided in the GCTS Account Email.
  3. Ensure you can access your student portals: email, Canvas, and CAMS. If you encounter any issues with accessing your student portals, contact Technology Services.
  4. Bookmark the Technology Services webpage. Our Tech Services Staff will be able to assist you with any issues you encounter with accessing your student portals or our course technology.
  5. Schedule your Welcome Call with your Student Success Representative.

Plan Your Classes & Register!

  1. Review upcoming courses.
  2. Review the Academic Calendar for critical dates & deadlines.
  3. Use your CAMS Student Portal to add or drop courses, pay tuition, check grades, or update your personal information (address, email address, phone number, social security number, emergency contact information, etc.)

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03. Registered

You’ve registered for classes—awesome! … Just a few more details

Email Communication

Email is our primary means of communicating with you. Staff and faculty will send messages confirming your registration in a class, letting you know about a course schedule change, or providing updates about financial aid and payment deadlines. Please plan to check your account often. Now that you have a GCTS email account, expect all email correspondence to go to this account.

Student Forms

The following forms should be filled out once (some form links will be emailed to you separate from this page).

Entering Student Survey

New students are required to complete the Entering Student Survey by the first day of the semester. The information you enter is confidential and is used to continue to improve Gordon-Conwell. We ask for your student ID only so that we know you completed the survey. You should receive a link to the entering student survey by email after matriculating. If you encounter any issues, please contact the Assessment Committee at [email protected]

Student ID Card Request

Your student ID card will allow you to check out books with our partner libraries and receive student discounts at local businesses.
Charlotte Campus

Authorization to Release Information

To protect your privacy, we will never release information about your grades, registration, or student account balance without your advance written permission. If you anticipate that a spouse, employer, or other party may have a legitimate interest in your student records during the course of your studies, please submit this form so that we can work with them accordingly.
Charlotte Campus

Additional Forms

Gordon-Conwell’s Registration Hub houses additional forms that may be useful to you:

  • Advanced Standing Request
  • Transfer-Credit Evaluation Request
  • Competency Exams

Academic Forms

Charlotte Campus

Online New Student Orientation (ONSO)

This Orientation course is designed to welcome you to the Gordon-Conwell community and provide you with the information you need to get the most out of your time here. You will see that some information in the course is campus-specific and some is designed specifically for students studying entirely at a distance, so keep your eyes open for what will be most helpful for you. If you are studying at one of our four campuses, this Orientation will be supplemented by live orientation events, either in person or via Zoom video conferencing.

ONSO will require approximately 5 hours to complete.

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New Student Orientation (NSO)

Due to Covid-19, our on-campus orientation has been moved to a digital experience. Our on-campus Orientation provides an opportunity for you to begin building relationships and community with your fellow students, Charlotte faculty, staff, and friends of the seminary. You will have time to meet with your faculty advisor and begin your degree program advising, as well as learn more about soul care and spiritual formation while in seminary. Our fall New Student Orientation is our kick-off event for the year, so if you are entering during the summer semester, plan to join us at the next available NSO! Please note that we do not offer childcare during Orientation.

Save the Date!

Fall NSO

NSO for the FAll 2021 Term will be September 10, 2021 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

MACC Students: 4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

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04. Ready

You’re Almost Ready…

Books

  • You can find required textbooks on your course syllabi.
  • The Charlotte Bookstore posts the textbook lists every semester, as well as emails out to students. Students can place their textbook orders online and have them shipped or held for pickup.

Paying Tuition