1. Is Princeton Seminary part of Princeton University?
No, Princeton Seminary is a free-standing graduate school of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It was established in 1812 as a post-graduate professional school of theology in the interest of advancing and extending the theological curricula and educating ministers of the church to serve in the expanding western frontier of the new nation. The College of New Jersey, chartered in 1746 also by Presbyterians to educate ministers, later expanded its mission beyond training clergy and grew to become Princeton University.
The Seminary and the University have a collegial and supportive relationship, with some exchange privileges in course enrollment as approved by faculty. The University stands at the center of the Princeton community, but it is not affiliated with the Seminary.2. Is Princeton Seminary only for Presbyterians?
The Seminary has always maintained close ties with its parent denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the wider Reformed tradition. Princeton Theological Seminary is a denominational school with an ecumenical, interdenominational, and worldwide constituency. This is reflected in the faculty, in the curriculum of studies, and in the student body. The Seminary is committed to ecumenical dialogue and welcomes students from many other Protestant denominations, as well as from the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. 3. When will the new library be open?
The building is scheduled to be completed in late November 2012, but the formal dedication of the new library building will take place during the fall of 2013.4. Who can use the Princeton Seminary library?
The Princeton Seminary Library offers complimentary library privileges to faculty, staff, students, and visiting scholars from a number of institutions, including Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study, Center of Theological Inquiry, Westminster Choir College, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association's (SEPTLA) network of member libraries. Alums have borrowing privileges, but must register first. If you are not a PTS student, graduate, or faculty/staff member or do not have access through another institution, you are welcome to visit and use materials on the premises.
During special events at the Seminary, borrowing privileges are offered to participants for the duration of the event.5. How many professors are on the faculty?
At Princeton Seminary, scholarship and spiritual formation go hand-in-hand. Princeton’s forty-four faculty members and twelve adjunct professors are scholars, church leaders, and dedicated teachers.6. How many students does the Seminary have?
There are currently more than 500 students enrolled in six degree programs. 7. What countries do Princeton Seminary students come from?
Princeton Seminary’s students come from churches and schools in countries all over the globe. In 2011-2012, the campus community, already enriched by students from many cultures, welcomed students from Brazil, Canada, China, Congo, Dominican Republic, Germany, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Scotland, Taiwan, and Virgin Islands. 8. Who are some of the well-known graduates of the Seminary?
Princeton has been home to many distinguished statesmen and thinkers. Some renowned graduates of the Seminary include: Elijah Parish Lovejoy, James Reeb, Muriel van Orden Jennings, Theodore Wright, Eugene Carson Blake, Samuel H. Moffett, Sang Chang, William H. Gray Jr., and Abuna Paulos. Learn about them
.9. What do graduates of the Seminary do after graduation?
Since its founding in 1812 approximately 21,000 men and women have studied at Princeton Theological Seminary in its various programs. Graduates presently serve the church throughout the nation, with alumni/ae represented in every state.
They are pastors, educators, chaplains, counselors, church executives, and leaders of nonprofit organizations.10. What degree programs are offered at the Seminary?
The Seminary offers six degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Divinity/Master of Arts, Master of Arts (in Christian Education or Youth Ministry), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (for international students), Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy.11. Does the Seminary offer programs for lay people or the general public?
Yes. The School of Christian Vocation and Mission (SCMV) is the continuing education arm of Princeton Theological Seminary. Each year, SCVM sponsors dozens of educational events for pastors, ministers, lay leaders, members of Christian congregations, and the general public. Events include retreats, lectures, and courses. All of the events blend theological, ethical, or biblical study with discussion of how to faithfully apply these subjects in today’s church and world. Click here
to view programs.12. What is the campus like?
The campus is nestled just minutes from downtown Princeton, an academic, research, business, and residential community located midway between New York and Philadelphia. Rich in history, the town was already on the map in colonial times and was the site of the Battle of Princeton during the American Revolution.
The Princeton area, which has a population of approximately 30,000 residents, has tree-lined streets, specialty shops, restaurants, and parks in a friendly and safe atmosphere. Additionally, the area offers a rich variety of arts and cultural resources, athletic events, and more.13. How do prospective students apply to the Seminary?
Prospective students who are interested in applying to the Seminary should complete an application by visiting www.ptsem.edu and clicking on the Admissions tab. A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for applications submitted online. With the exception of doctoral and international applications, applications are considered on a rolling basis by the Admissions Committee beginning in October.14. What type of housing options are available for married students?
A large number of unfurnished apartments are located at the newly built Charlotte Rachel Wilson complex at the West Windsor campus, approximately four miles from the main campus. They are available to married students with or without children and to single parents with dependents. Each unit contains a living room, dining area, kitchen, and bathroom. Apartment sizes range from one to four bedrooms.