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Entering Students

When you are admitted to Princeton Theological Seminary, there are a number of steps that are necessary to accept your offer of admission and matriculate as an entering student. These steps can be broken into two phases: (1) confirmation, and (2) enrollment.


Confirmation Process

Once accepted, you will have the opportunity to respond to your offer of admission and confirm your intent to enroll on your application status page.

There are three steps to the confirmation process, which all need to be completed prior to the deadline on your acceptance letter in order to secure your spot in the incoming class:

  1. Confirmation Decision: Indicate whether you plan to accept your offer of admission and enroll in the fall.
  2. Confirmation Deposit: Pay a non-refundable $250 deposit (this will be applied to your student account when you enroll; *not required for admitted PhD students).
  3. Housing Application: Fill out the housing form (available on your application status page once you indicate your decision to enroll). Revised Housing Costs 2020 (pdf)
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Once you complete these three steps, you are officially confirmed! Upon confirmation, we will be in contact with you about additional steps leading up to your arrival on campus, and our housing office will connect with you in late June/early July with your housing assignment for the fall.


Enrollment Process

In order to register for classes, you need to complete the following steps. Students who wish to register for summer language courses (Greek or Hebrew), must complete these steps and register (by emailing registrar@ptsem.edu) before the summer registration deadline of June 19. Those who do not plan to take summer language must complete the enrollment steps before online registration for the fall semester opens in mid-July.

In order for you to be able to register for classes when that becomes available, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Entering Student Enrollment Survey: After you are officially confirmed as an incoming student, the entering student enrollment survey will appear on your application status page.
  2. Immunization Clearance: All entering students must verify immunizations before they officially enroll. You will need to have the Immunization Verification (Forms A and B) completed by your doctor and send it to Penn Medicine Princeton Health for review (occupationalhealth@princetonhcs.org). Once they have notified us that your immunizations have cleared, we will mark this step as complete. *Note: due to the coronavirus, we understand there may be delays completing immunization verification forms this summer. Since summer language courses are being held online, you may enroll in summer courses without completing this step. However, all immunizations must be verified before arriving on campus.
    - Immunization Verification Instructions (pdf)
    - Immunization Verification (Forms A and B) (pdf)
  3. Final Transcript: If we have already received your final transcript, we will mark this as complete. Otherwise you will be required to have your final transcript showing that your degree was conferred sent to us directly from your school.
  4. Network Account and Password: In order to register for fall classes and access the internal Princeton Seminary website (Inside PTS), you must obtain a Seminary network account and password. Instructions about how to create your network account will be sent to you mid-May. Those interested in registering for summer language should email the registrar at registrar@ptsem.edu.

The first three steps above will be listed on your application status page, so you will be able to monitor your progress.

After you create your network account and password, it may take 24-48 hours before you can log in to Inside PTS (inside.ptsem.edu) and access your Princeton Seminary email inbox and online registration portal. Once you have a Princeton Seminary email address, you can expect to receive future communication in your Seminary email inbox, so we encourage you to check it regularly.

Please contact admissions@ptsem.edu if you have any questions or need any assistance.


Additional Information

Once you have acquired your network account and password, you will be able to log in to Inside PTS, our internal website for the Princeton Seminary community. This is where you will find links to your Seminary email, our Learning Management System, the Academic Catalogue, Student Handbook, and other community policies and resources.

Important resources for incoming students are available in the Student Life section of Inside PTS.

  1. Health Insurance: All full-time students are required to have health insurance. You are required to buy coverage through the PTS Student Health Benefits Plan or prove that you have sufficient coverage through a parent, spouse, church or employer. Once you have created your network account and password, you will be able to access additional information about our student health plan in the Student Life section of our internal website (Inside PTS).
    - 2019-2020 Student Health Plan Document (pdf)
    - 2019-20 Student Health Plan Enrollment Form (pdf)
    - 2019-20 Student Health Plan Waiver Form (pdf)
    - 2019-20 Student Health Plan - Comprehensive Fee (pdf)
    - Glossary of Health Coverage and Medical Terms (pdf)
  2. Visa Matters for International Students: Specific information for entering international students is available through our Office of Multicultural Relations.
  3. Register for Classes: Registration for incoming students typically opens mid-July. A link to the online registration module is available on the Registrar's page of Inside PTS.
  4. Housing: Housing assignments for fall are typically made in the first week of July. Additional information about housing is available on the Housing page of Inside PTS, and questions should be directed to housing@ptsem.edu.
  5. ATS Entering Student Questionnaire: All incoming students are required to complete a questionnaire from The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) before starting classes. Once you have created your network account and password, you will be able to access this survey in the Student Life section of our internal website (Inside PTS). The link to the survey typically becomes available in August and a reminder to complete the survey will be sent via email as part of the Orientation instructions.

Additional information for entering students is available in the Student Life section of Inside PTS.


Entering Student FAQs

Summer Language

What classes are offered over the summer, and how do I register?

Each summer, we offer introductory Greek and Hebrew courses as summer intensive classes. Each summer language course is 6-credits, a full year of study over the span of 8 weeks. For 2020, these classes will be online and are scheduled to run online from June 29-August 21.

In order to register for classes, including summer language, you need to complete the enrollment steps outlined above. We recognize that there may be delays getting immunization clearances, but you must have your final transcripts and enrollment survey completed before you can register for summer language, and your immunization clearances complete before you arrive on campus at the end of August.

Registration for summer language opens May 1 and closes June 19. Anyone interested in registering for summer language should email the registrar at registrar@ptsem.edu, stating their interest in enrolling for either summer Greek or Hebrew.

If you are planning to take a summer language course, please complete this short survey, which will help us facilitate the best online learning experience possible for you this summer.

Registration for the fall semester will open up in mid-July, and you will receive an email from the registrar with instructions about how to access the registration module and select your classes. You should plan to complete all enrollment steps by July 1 so that you are able to register for classes as soon as the registration period opens.

Should I consider taking a summer language course?

Summer languages and all language study at the Seminary count as elective credits. Each summer language course is 6-credits, a full year of study over the span of 8 weeks. The course is intense, and it will require you to focus your time and energy during those 8 weeks on the study of the language. You will be doing so, however, with a committed teaching team (a professor or instructor, and a PhD-student teaching assistant) dedicated to helping you to be successful in learning how to read the Bible in its original language. Many students who have not studied any foreign language before can learn biblical Greek and Hebrew with dedication and hard work. An important piece of advice: If you do take the summer language course, you should definitely not plan on working in even a part-time job alongside the course.

The advantages of taking a summer biblical language course as an incoming student include:

  1. Ahead of the early September orientation, you will develop a close-knit relationship with a group of PTS students as you experience together the challenges and the joys of learning an ancient biblical language;
  2. Learning a foreign language requires focus and dedication. Taking the language as your one object of study for 8 weeks allows you to be single-minded in studying Greek or Hebrew without the distractions and demands of several other courses at the same time, as is the case during the full academic year language courses;
  3. Taking a summer biblical language course as an incoming student will earn you 6 credits upfront before the fall semester, and that will allow you more flexibility and space for electives during your seminary career and;
  4. You will immediately be able to enroll in upper level biblical exegesis courses that require either Greek or Hebrew beginning in your first semester.

On the other hand, an intense 8-week course is not for everyone. If your learning style favors learning in smaller increments over a longer time, then the summer intensive language course may not be a good choice for you. You may wish to consider taking your language during the academic year in the fall and spring semesters.

How will summer language courses be offered online?

The summer language courses will follow a cohort model, facilitating the personal connections that are often lacking in virtual spaces. Small groups will walk through the material together, engaging many different modes of learning including: attending live web conferences, viewing recorded lectures, participating in virtual study groups, and joining cohort discussions. Our hope is that this multimodal cohort model will offset the inevitable challenges that come with learning a new language, no matter the format. We are confident that with this intentional approach, students in the online summer language program will experience meaningful learning and sincere community, even at a distance.

To allow for maximum flexibility to suit a wide variety of learner’s schedules, the bulk of the course will be taught asynchronously, with lectures, exercises, and quizzes watched and completed at a time of each student’s convenience each day. There will also be small group meetings for a total of approximately two hours per day that will be available at several different times to suit a variety of student schedules, as well as optional meetings for enrichment exercises. While students should expect to devote a significant amount of time to the course, the online format will allow students much more flexibility in how they allocate that time throughout the day than a traditional classroom format. We will announce more details about the schedule and timing for the required daily meetings in May so that you will have ample time to schedule accordingly. If you have additional questions about the summer language program, the anticipated schedule, or the technological requirements, please email digital.learning@ptsem.edu.

If you are planning to take a summer language course, please complete this short survey, which will help us facilitate the best online learning experience possible for you this summer.

For those who choose to enroll in summer language, you should plan to enroll in a Fall Semester course in which to continue your new language skills. For 2020-2021, you may keep your Hebrew fresh through the one-credit OT1153 Hebrew Translation course and/or with any Hebrew exegesis course with the prefix OT34XX. For Greek, the options are: NT1153 Greek Translation and/or any Greek exegesis course with the prefix NT34XX.

What is the cost of summer language, and when is it billed?

Summer language courses are billed on a per credit basis. For 2020, the cost per credit is $715, so the total cost of summer language is $4,290. However, the same scholarship/grant that you have for the normal academic year is also applied to the summer. Any costs left over are due at the start of the summer session (June 29).

For example, someone with an 80% grant, would be billed $858 (or 20% of the total cost of summer language), with this amount due by June 29. Someone with a full tuition scholarship would not receive any bill at all.

Once you have a network account, you can view and pay your bill on the Bursar's page of Inside PTS (our internal website).

Housing for Entering Students

Is summer housing available for entering students?

Due to the pandemic, Princeton Seminary is unable to provide housing for students enrolled in summer language courses. Our residence halls will be closed, and apartments will not be available until August 24.

What housing accommodations will be available for the fall?

Next fall we will only offer apartment-style housing at CRW/Witherspoon and Tennent/Roberts. We will not offer housing in Alexander or Hodge Halls next year. Brown Hall will not be open in Fall 2020, due to delays in construction related to the pandemic, but it may open in time for the spring semester. While we understand that closing the residence halls may cause some inconvenience, it is for the health and wellbeing of residents.

The apartments at CRW, Witherspoon, Roberts, or Tennent will be the only campus housing available in Fall 2020. These buildings include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Most incoming single students will be placed in one-bedroom apartments. There will be a limited number of shared two-bedroom units available for single students.

We will do our best to accommodate housing preferences, and we encourage you to complete your housing application early. Housing for incoming students will be subject to availability, and those who apply late may be placed on a waiting list.

Learn more about housing

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How does a shared two-bedroom unit compare to the residence hall?

Because this is a temporary measure to close the residence halls, we are making accommodations to make it as comparable as possible for students who otherwise would have lived in the dorms. The reduced rates for shared two-bedroom apartments next year will be $4400 per person for the academic year, including utilities. The bedrooms will be furnished with an XL twin bed, nightstand, dresser, bookcase, desk, and chair. CRW apartments also include a full kitchen and washer/dryer and separate bathrooms in the 2-bedroom units. One-bedroom apartments at CRW will remain the normal rate of $8235 for the academic year.

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Will apartments be furnished?

One and two bedroom apartments will be furnished for those students who plan to move into the residence halls once they are open. Furniture includes a twin XL bed, night stand, dresser, bookcase, desk, and chair. Family apartments will not have furniture.

Full details will be in your housing assignment letter which you will receive in June.

What dining options will be available?

Because the residence halls will be closed and all apartments have kitchen facilities, there will be no student board plan offered. The dining room in the Mackay Campus Center will be open only for lunch on weekdays, and the Brick Café (in the library) will operate as normal.

When will I learn about my housing assignment?

We will do our best to accommodate housing requests, and we ask for your patience as we try to accommodate as many students as possible. Incoming students will hear from the Housing office at the end of June. At that time we will give you all the information you need about where you will be living in the fall.

When can we move in?

The check-in dates for the fall semester are currently August 24-27, and apartments will not be available before this time.

Fall Semester Courses & Registration

Will fall 2020 classes be offered in person or online?

The residential experience is at the heart of our mission, and we will make every effort to return to residential learning as quickly as it is safe to do so. We are preparing to be back on campus for the fall semester, though we will be prepared for a variety of scenarios. A team of administrators and faculty is working hard to make plans for the next academic year, and we will announce those plans by the middle of June.

Where can I find the academic calendar?

The academic calendar is available on the Registrar's page of the main website.

When can I register for the fall semester?

Registration for the fall semester will open up in mid-July, and you will receive an email from the registrar with instructions about how to access the registration module and select your classes. You should plan to complete all enrollment steps by July 1 so that you are able to register for classes as soon as the registration period opens.

Once you have a network account, you can find more information and a link to our registration module on the Registrar's page of Inside PTS (our internal website).

What courses should I take?

Program guides are available on the Registrar's page of the main website and you can access the Course Catalogue online. You will receive more information in the summer about academic advising.

When are charges for the fall semester billed and due?

We bill tuition, fees, housing, health insurance, etc. for the entire semester up front, and the bill needs to be taken care of (by financial aid, monthly payment plan, or a direct payment) prior to the start of classes on September 3. Fall billing usually takes place in July, and you will receive an email from the bursar with instructions of how to view your account and pay your balance online.

Once you have a network account, you can view and pay your bill on the Bursar's page of Inside PTS (our internal website).

Can I advance place out of introductory-level courses?

If you believe that your previous undergraduate studies would qualify you for advanced placement for any required introductory course(s) (i.e., OT2101 Orientation to Old Testament Studies, NT2101 Introduction to the New Testament, and TH2100 Systematic Theology), you must apply. Detailed information will be posted in the fall registration documentation, which will be available in the summer.

I have already successfully taken a Greek and/or Hebrew language course. Can I place out of introductory Greek or Hebrew?

You may place out of introductory Greek and/or Hebrew by taking a placement exam. The Greek and Hebrew placement tests will be administered during Fall Orientation. Detailed information will be posted in the fall registration documentation, which will be available in the summer.

Does Princeton Seminary allow students to transfer credits from other institutions?

An admitted student who wishes to transfer credits and has completed graduate coursework in a program conducted by a school accredited by a recognized accrediting organization may apply through the office of the registrar. Transfer of credit is ordinarily reviewed in August and students are required to submit syllabi for any course that they wish to transfer from another institution. Detailed information will be posted in the fall registration documentation, which will be available in the summer.

I wish to enroll in the MDiv and MSW Dual-Degree Program in Ministry and Social Work. Can you provide information for enrollment in the program?

The MDiv/MSW Dual-Degree program meeting is ordinarily scheduled during the first full week in October, where you will have an opportunity to meet with the Rutgers team as well as the PTS team to hear first-hand how the program works from start to finish.

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