August 30 - 31: International Student Orientation

September 3: Apartment and Dormitory Move-In

September 4 - 7: (All) New Student Orientation

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Fall 2018 Orientation & Welcome Week Schedule
South Hamilton, MA

“Many Expressions of Worship”

New Student Orientation

International Student (F-1) Orientation: Thursday and Friday

(mandatory for all new F-1 visa students)

August 30
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
(Break for lunch)

Session on Campus Life/Academic Life Alumni Hall
August 31
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 3

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Welcome New Dorm Students Housing Office/Dean of Students
Kerr 317/318
5:00 pm New Dorm Students Cookout Dining Hall patio

General Orientation

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

Tuesday, September 4

7:45 am Orientation Packets
(Admissions Staff)
Kaiser Chapel Lobby, Academic Center
8:00 am Welcome/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 (Library Lecture Hall I)
  • All other MA's (AC240)
  • ThM in Christian Thought (AC151, 10:15 - 11:15 am)
  • ThM in Biblical Studies (AC234)
  • ThM in Preaching (AC354)
Academic Center/
Lecture Hall
11:30 am - 1:30 pm New Student Luncheon & Info Session
(Meal covered by GCTS)
Alumni Hall
1:45 - 3:00 pm Financial Advising Session Alumni Hall
3:00 - 5:00 pm Old Testament/New Testament Competency Exam
Lecture Hall I, Library
5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner with Current Students
(GCTS will cover cost)**
Dining Hall
6:00 - 7:30 pm Panel on Life as a Seminarian* Alumni Hall

Wednesday, September 5

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

  • 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 (running concurrently 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**
(Students will be notified of assignment)
Faculty Homes and Retreat House

Thursday, September 6

7:45 am Coffee and Muffins (cost covered by GCTS) Goddard Library Lobby
8:00 am Overview of the Old Testament Lecture Hall I, Library
10:00 am Overview of the New Testament Lecture Hall I, Library
12:00 pm Lunch with Current Students (cost covered by student) Dining Hall

Friday, September 7

6:00 pm Kick-off Worship Service**
(Led by Student Association)
Alumni Hall
7:15 - 8:15 pm Ice Cream Fellowship**
(with Student Association)
Alumni Hall

Saturday, September 8

4:30 - 6:00 pm All-Seminary Chowdafest**
(Free for students and their families)
Dining Hall/Kerr Building Grounds

Post-Orientation Events

Monday, September 10 Fall Semester Classes Begin (8:00 am) Academic Center et al.

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

Church Fair* Alumni and Great Halls
Tuesday, September 11 Seminary Day of Prayer*
(A number of scheduled activities will occur throughout the day)
Various Places on campus

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

Fall Convocation Kaiser Chapel
Wednesday, September 12
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seminary Spouses Orientation
(Child Care provided. Sign up with Student Life Services)
Retreat House
Saturday, September 15
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jumpstart Your Writing: Seminary Research & Writing Workshop (Continental Breakfast provided) Kerr 419

New Students are encouraged to attend the National Preaching Conference.To register go to: https://npc2018.eventbrite.com Watch your email for the code to register for FREE!  

* Indicates Spouses are welcomed to attend.
** Indicates Families are welcomed to attend.