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Living & Learning In NYC
New York City:
Theological education at GTS, the most urban of Episcopal seminaries, embodies a particular set of academic and cultural possibilities born out of its cosmopolitan environment. Deliberately, the General Theological Seminary seeks to cultivate the unique opportunities for learning offered by our location.
In addition to the city's 94 universities and colleges, the metropolitan area is home to nine major seminaries. Cooperative arrangements between General Seminary and several other schools open most elective course offerings at these institutions to full-time General students. General students wishing to take courses at Union Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Drew University Theological School, Jewish Theological Seminary or Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may register for them at General. A special arrangement with the Columbia University Department of Religion exists for doctoral candidates.
Spouses and partners of students who wish to continue their education will find New York University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the New School, Fordham University, the School for Visual Arts, City University of New York and other fine institutions a very convenient distance from the General campus.The City's libraries are also an important academic resource. General students have full privileges at the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. In addition to the dozens of other nearby institutions with specialized collections, the New York Public Library, representing the largest public collection of bound volumes in the USA (10.7 million), is within walking distance of Chelsea Square.
New York City is home to the headquarters of the Episcopal Church, the office of its Presiding Bishop, the office of the Anglican Observer at the United Nations, the Church Publishing Company, and the Church Pension Fund. The offices of other Christian bodies here include the National Council of Churches, the Graymoor Ecumenical Institute, the Vatican Mission, and the Interchurch Center. The largest Jewish population outside the Middle East is found in the NYC metropolitan area. The Islamic Center on the Upper East Side and the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple on Riverside Drive are national centers for these communities of faith.
For many Seminary students the close proximity to dozens of Episcopal and other congregations where they may visit, worship, and undertake field education or research assignments during their time in Chelsea Square is a primary advantage in being at the General Theological Seminary. Nearly all are communities where, since its founding, the Seminary's students, faculty and alumni/ae have made significant and lasting contributions.
For relaxation and enrichment, the cultural opportunities presented by New York's theater, art and concert offerings are world-renowned. A scholarship program gives GTS students an opportunity each term to attend a cultural performance as a part of their theological education.
The metropolitan area is home to over thirty major museums with specializations ranging from modern art to broadcasting. The largest collection of early and medieval Christian art in North America is found in the Metropolitan Museum and The Cloisters, and guided tours are available for our students, frequently conducted by GTS faculty members. And, as many of our professors will attest, New York City is a bibliophile's wonderland. The Strand Bookstore boasts eight miles of shelves on its basement and main floors alone.
The City's subway system handles over 3.4 million riders on an average workday, and the concentrated energy of rush hour is a unique New York experience. For those with a lower anxiety threshold, the possibility of finding almost anything one needs in the neighborhood of Chelsea affords a rare degree of choice about how often to take the urban plunge.
GTS students, with the help of residents and neighborhood volunteers, work in conjunction with the City's Partnership for the Homeless to help make a difference in our community.
The tremendous economic, ethnic and cultural diversity, along with unparalleled educational resources, are the reason Seminary graduates consistently point to General's New York location as one of its greatest assets.
The dynamic relationship between worship and academics is a central hallmark of life at the GTS and its concept of formation for ministry. Each day, the Daily Offices are prayed and the Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the Chapel. Chapel attendance creates a shared framework for living in the Seminary community as we experience God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In 1886, on the eve of the laying of the cornerstone for the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Dean Hoffman spoke prophetic words when he said that the Chapel, "by its central position, its devout communions, its daily offered prayers, and its divine teaching. . . will daily remind them that in addition to, and far above the education of the library and the lecture room, there is a spiritual preparation needed for the priests of the Church."
Chapel worship utilizes the rites of the Book of Common Prayer, the new forms from Enriching Our Worship, and supporting liturgical materials. The Eucharist is celebrated according to the Lutheran rite on a scheduled basis as well. Ordained members of the community serve as celebrants and deacons at the daily celebrations of the Eucharist, and all faculty serve as officiants at Evensong. In their first year of study, students serve as acolytes, and later as readers and officiants at the Daily Office. Staff members and members of student and faculty households, including children, are encouraged to participate in Chapel services. Members of the entire community are invited to take a hand in composing the intercessory prayers of the Eucharist.
On Tuesdays, an evening celebration of the Eucharist provides an opportunity for the entire seminary community, and especially families, to come together at the Lord's Table. Tuesday's evening Eucharist is followed by a community meal in the Refectory. On Tuesdays, Fridays, and feast days, the sermons are preached by faculty members, senior students, or distinguished guests.
Evensong, a service historically beloved of Anglicans and a distinctive feature of the worship life of the Seminary over many generations, is sung four evenings each week. Heralded by ten minutes of hymns played on the tower chimes and opening with the procession of the faculty, Evensong retains a formal beauty which is at one with the chapel's architecture and furnishings, the choir-wise seating arrangement being conducive to the antiphonal recitation of the daily office.
Central to the worship life of the Chapel is the participation of three primary chapel guilds. The Guild of Sacristans maintains the chapel furnishings and vessels and makes all necessary provisions for the smooth conduct of services. The Guild of Precentors comprises the cantors who provide vocal prompting at services and gather as a group on Monday evenings to lead the community in singing Compline. The Guild of Chimers is responsible for playing the Seminary's historic set of fifteen Durfee tubular tower chimes. Rung mechanically, they may be heard each morning and evening throughout the neighborhood of Chelsea, calling the Seminary community together for the corporate worship of God.
While welcoming and accommodating a growing number of commuter students, the Seminary believes that students gain substantially from their Seminary experience by being participating residents of the Seminary community. There are dormitory accommodations and apartments available within the Close. Students must be full-time in order to qualify for GTS housing. Apartments are rented on a twelve-month basis except when the student graduates sooner. Pets are welcome in all GTS housing units.
Dormitory rooms are furnished with basic essentials: dresser, desk, chair and bed. Students need to supply blankets, linen, lamps and any other furnishings they desire. Most one- or two-bedroom apartments have a kitchen with refrigerator and stove, bathroom, and living room. However, size varies from efficiency to three-bedroom apartments. The amount and size of furniture you bring must be planned carefully. Although there are no connections in the apartments for personal washers or dryers, a laundry room with washers and dryers accommodating debit-card payment is maintained by the General Theological Seminary. Gas and electricity are included in the rent, but telephone, television, and cable television costs are not.
The cost of meals (continental breakfast and lunch) for the school year will be $2,700 ($1,350 per semester). This price will include the cost for the three special meals per year i.e. Matriculation, St. Nicholas event and Graduating class dinner. Wine for two events will be included (Matriculation and Graduating class).
All students must comply with the GTS Housing Policy as stated in the Community Life Handbook. Please refer to the Housing Policy, as included in the application, for further information. If you would like a copy of the Community Life Handbook, it may be obtained from Anthony Khani, Vice President of Operations by e-mail.
Application for Visa Certificate Supporting Documentation
Application for Visa Certificate Supporting Documentation
After you submit the online online Application for Visa Certificate., you will need to submit supporting documents with official English translations. You can submit your documents by fax, by mail or by courier service; the fax number and addresses are listed below. If you fax your documents, we will send you an acknowledgement email 5 to 7 days later when your documents have been added to your record. If you send your documents by courier service, you can track delivery on the courier service web site. We are not able to acknowledge deliveries by mail.
GTS will generally accept faxes of your documents although the we reserve the right to request original documents. The U.S. Department of State does not accept faxed I-20 forms for purposes of visa issuance.
How to send your supporting documents
By Fax to: 212-727-3907
By Courier to: General Theological Seminary , 440 W 21st Street, New York, NY 10011
By Mail to:General Theological Seminary, 440 W 21st Street, New York, NY 10011
Everyone must submit the following documents:
- A photocopy of the identification page of your passport. If you do not have a passport, be sure to enter your name on the AVC form EXACTLY as it is on your passport application.
- A signed and dated letter from you describing how you will pay for your tuition, fees and living expenses for the first year of your studies and how you plan to pay for the following year(s)
- Documents that show that you have enough funds available now for your tuition, fees and living expenses for the first year of your studies.
Information about your funding documents
It is very important to remember that you must prove you can pay for your studies twice--first to GTS before we issue an I-20 and again to the Consular Officer who decides whether to issue your entry visa. Your funding documents must show that the estimated cost of tuition, fees and living expenses are readily available liquid assets. Readily available liquid assets include checking or savings accounts, money market accounts, or certificates of deposit (time deposits) with maturity dates of less than one year.
The following funding documents ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE under any circumstances: investment portfolios of any kind (equities, bonds, mutual funds, etc.), retirement plan accounts, tax returns or other tax filing documents, deeds to any real estate, leases with rental income, etc. If you plan to use money from the sale of investments or the sale of real estate or personal items (such as your car), you must sell the investment or property or item and place the proceeds of the sale into a checking or savings account, a money market account or a certificate of deposit (time deposit) with a maturity date of less than one year.
GTS cannot issue your I-20 until you have clearly shown that you have available funds that equal or exceed your estimated expenses for the year on the chart of Estimated Expenses .
Students who will plan to remain in the U.S. during the summer will need to document additional funds for their summer living expenses.
If you are married and plan to bring your spouse or children, you must document additional funds for your dependents. The amounts for the 2010-2011 Academic Year are U.S. $800 monthly for your spouse and U.S. $400 monthly for each child. Your dependents may join you at any time during your studies.
No applicant for an I-20 is permitted to use any expected employment in the U.S. as a source of funds for tuition, fees, or living expenses.
Students pay for their educational expenses in many ways and many students have more than one source of funding. The documents you submit will depend on how you plan to pay for your studies at GTS; you do not have to submit a type of document if that is not how you are planning to pay your expenses. The amounts on your documents do not have to be in U.S. dollars; we will do a currency conversion. If your documents are not in English, you must include an official translation into English. Please do not send original documents as we cannot return them to you. The required documents for each type of support are listed in the following chart:
Chart of Required Documents For How Your Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses Will Be Funded
Note: The name of the account holder on any bank documents must be in English.
|Source of Funds for Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses||Documents To Be Submitted|
|Personal Funds||Option 1: A letter from your bank in your own name with the exact amount of the balance(s) in your account(s) on the date it is written. The balance(s) must be sufficient to meet your expenses for the first year of your studies. The letter must be dated within the past 3 months.
Option 2: If you are in the U.S., you may submit the monthly statement(s) from your U.S. bank. Statement(s) must be within the past 3 months.
|Parents and/or Family Funds||1. A letter from your parent or relative which guarantees your support and includes the following:
a) Your relative's name, address and relationship to you
b) The program of study and degree objective for which they will provide funding
c) The amount per year in U.S. dollars that will be provided and the number of years for which it is guaranteed
2. A letter from your relative's bank with the exact amount of the balance(s) in the account(s) on the date it is written. The balance(s) must be sufficient to meet your expenses for the first year of your studies. The letter must be dated within the past 3 months. (If your parent or relative is in the U.S., you may submit the monthly statement(s) from their U.S. bank instead of a letter from their bank. Statement(s) must be within the past 3 months.)
|An international organization, government agency, foundation, another university or your employer||The official sponsorship letter stating the conditions of the award. The letter must specify the name and address of the sponsor, the total amount in U.S. dollars available to you for the Columbia school in which you will study, the major field of study and the degree objective and the period for which funding is guaranteed or a statement that funding is renewable annually for a specified number of years.|
|Private Sponsor: Be aware that U.S. Consular officers review private sponsor guarantees very carefully. You should be prepared to submit additional documentation when applying for your entry visa.||1. A letter from your sponsor which guarantees your support and includes the following:
a) Your sponsor's name and address and relationship to you
b) An explanation of your sponsor's relationship to you and why he or she is committed to providing for your support
c) The program of study and degree objective for which the sponsor will provide funding
d) The amount per year in U.S. dollars that will be provided and the number of years for which it is guaranteed
2. A letter from your sponsor's bank with the exact amount of the balance(s) in the account(s) on the date it is written. The balance(s) must be sufficient to meet your expenses for the first year of your studies. The letter must be dated within the past 3 months. (If your sponsor is in the U.S., you may submit the monthly statement(s) from their U.S. bank instead of a letter from their bank. Statement(s) must be within the past 3 months.)
|Education Loans||Sallie Mae student loan: Approval notice only. Pre-approvals are not accepted.
Citi-Assist student loan: Pre-approval notice is acceptable.
Access Group student loan: Pre-approval notice is acceptable.
Loans from banks outside the U.S.: Approval notice only. Pre-approvals are not accepted.
Additional requirement for F-1 or J-1 transfer students
If you already hold F-1 status or were in F-1 status within the last 60 days or if you already hold J-1 status or were in J-1 status within the last 30 days, you must transfer your SEVIS record from your current school to GTS. In addition to submitting the online AVC and supporting documents, you must also submit photocopies of all pages of previous I-20 or DS-2019 forms, as well as photocopies of both sides of your I-94 card. You must also submit a completed TRANSFER FORM that is signed by the international office at your current school and returned to GTS.
Application for Visa Certificate General Information
There are two immigration terms you will see often: "entry visa" and "immigration status". Entry visa refers to the visa affixed to or stamped in your passport; it is obtained only at a U.S. Consulate. An entry visa is used only to enter the U.S. and it can expire while you are here with no repercussions. Your immigration status is usually the same as your entry visa classification (F-1, J-1, B-2, etc.).
The second term, "immigration status", is the nonimmigrant classification on your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record (usually called the I-94 card). You fill out the I-94 card on your flight to the U.S. or at a border crossing and the immigration inspector processes it upon arrival. The inspector stamps and dates the Departure section of the I-94 card, writes the immigration status you will hold (F-1, J-1, B-2, WB etc.) and how long you may stay in the U.S. Finally, the inspector inserts or staples the I-94 Departure section into your passport and retains the Arrival section.
The I-94 card is your most important immigration document. It is your only evidence of admission to the U.S. in a particular immigration status and for how long you may remain in the U.S. in that status.
F-1 Student Classification
Students in F-1 student status are required to study full-time during the academic year. GTS commonly defines full-time study as registration for 9 or more credits.
Students in F-1 status may work on campus part-time (up to 20 hours per week) with the permission of the GTS Office of Financial Aid. A student may apply for permission to work off campus only after 9 months in F-1 status. This requires the prior written approval of GTS and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Dependents holding F-2 status may not work under any circumstances.
Canadians do not need entry visas to enter the United States. Those entering the United States to study must request F-1 status at the border and must show the I-20 to the immigration inspector who will issue an I-94 Card upon entry to the United States. Canadian students must have an I-94 Card to confirm current F-1 status; please check that the I-94 is annotated "F-1" and "D/S" before leaving immigration inspection.
Transfer Students Currently or Recently in F-1 or J-1 Status
If you already hold F-1 status or were in F-1 status within the last 60 days or if you already hold J-1 status or were in J-1 status within the last 30 days, you can transfer your SEVIS record from your current school to Columbia. In addition to submitting the online AVC and supporting documents, you must also submit photocopies of all pages of previous I-20 or DS-2019 forms, as well as photocopies of both sides of your I-94 card. You must also submit a completed TRANSFER FORM that is signed by the international office at your current school and returned to GTS.
Nationals from Countries Requiring Currency Exchange Permits
The I-20 is a U.S. government form that tGTS may issue solely for use by the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security in establishing eligibility for F-1 student classification; it cannot be issued to you for the purpose of obtaining a foreign exchange permit. Moreover, if your country sets a maximum figure on foreign exchange that is below the minimum requirement for I-20 eligibility, you must document the availability of supplemental funds from sources not affected by exchange control. GTS reserves the right to require advance deposit of funds sufficient to cover part or all of your tuition and living expenses.
This section has some helpful New York City links, and a link to a currency converter.
Helpful Links for New International Students
|The New York Times||The Paperless Guide to New York City|
|Time Out New York||NYCTourist|
|The Village Voice||NYNow|
|Oanda Currency Converter||Yahoo! New York|
Visa Application Process Overview
Consistency of Name Spelling: Most countries issue machine-readable passports with the name in the home country's language and in Latin letters without diacritical marks which conform to the specifications of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO spelling of your name must be on your passport, your I-20 from GTS, and your entry visa. When you enter the United States, you must write your name on the I-94 card exactly as it is spelled on the F-1 entry visa in your passport.
You should apply for the F-1 visa as early as possible as visa processing can take up to twelve weeks at some United States Consulates. To obtain a visa, you must apply to a U.S. Consulate with your passport, the form I-20, and funding documents (plus passports and financial documents for each dependent). You will need two passport-size (37 mm x 37 mm) photographs of each visa applicant over 16 years of age. If your family name is different from your dependents, be prepared to show documents that prove your relationship.
You will need to present proof of the required SEVIS fee payment. This fee can be paid online by completing Form I-901 available at http://www.fmjfee.com.
Lastly, you must submit the online Form DS-160 (Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application). U.S. Embassies and Consulates requiring Form-DS-160 may be found at http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/forms/forms_4230.html If the Embassy or Consulate at which you will apply for your visa is NOT using the electronic Form DS-160, you must complete the paper visa application forms. These are Form DS-156 (Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form), Form DS-158 (Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant), and any supplementary forms required by the particular Consulate. For the Form DS-156, it is very important to follow the instructions for completing the online application form. Be sure to print your complete application and bring all 3 pages, including the last page with the barcode, to your appointment.
On occasion, a Consular Visa Officer may require evidence (in addition to the certification on your form I-20) of English proficiency sufficient to pursue your proposed program of studies or evidence of ties to your country of citizenship. In most cases, applications must be made in person. You should check with the United States Consulate for any required documents before you make your application for the F-1 visa. The length of visa validity, number of entries permitted, and application fee are based on reciprocity and generally reflect your country's policies in granting visa privileges to visiting U.S. students. The Consular Visa Officer has the final word on your application; his or her judgment is not subject to review.
Because the time between requesting your I-20 and receiving the visa is unpredictable, we suggest that you wait to buy your airline ticket(s) until after you have received the F-1 visa from the United States Consulate. If your I-20 is late in arriving, contact your school to learn the last day that you can arrive and register for the semester. Do NOT enter the United States in Visitor status (B-1, B-2, WT, or WB). Those in B-1/B-2/WT/WB status are not permitted to attend class and are in violation of their Visitor status if they do so. Therefore, you must wait to obtain the F-1 visa before coming to the United States to study at GTS
The U.S. Consulate will require original documents with your application for an F-1 student visa. Consular standards for visa eligibility may be considerably more rigorous than the standards you must meet to qualify for a form I-20. You will wish to use your good judgment as to whether to submit additional information with your entry visa application.
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WELCOME to the General Theological Seminary!
We know that moving to NYC and starting seminary are big changes and that there are probably a million questions running through your mind, so we thought we'd offer a few answers to help alleviate some of the pressure.
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Orientation week will begin on Sunday evening August 24 at 5pm with the Dean's welcome and cocktail reception, and ends on Friday afternoon, August 29.
A detailed schedule will become available in August
Housing Floor Plans
Below you will find links to the floor plans for our living spaces.
The Matriculation Ceremony
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Since 1822 every student has been a part of this long standing tradition in which they sign their names into the Matriculation Book. On the feast of St. Michael and All Angels, you too become part of this tradition. You are encouraged to invite your immediate family to join in a festive dinner following the ceremony.
For the GTS Housing Policy please contact Anthony Khani.
- Single rooms and Three-room units are furnished with a twin-size bed, desk, dresser and chair. You will need to bring bedding, linens, lamps, pillow, etc.
- Studios, One, Two, and Three Bedroom apartments are completely UNFURNISHED.
On arrival at GTS:
- Enter at the MainGate (440 West 21st Street). Press the buzzer and speak with the front desk attendant on duty. Introduce yourself to the Front Desk Attendant and advise him/her that you are moving in. You will be given a key package containing your keys with a note explaining each use.
To make moving-in to the Close easier:
- Living in Dodge, Dehon, or Kohne, use the Chapel Gate on West 20th Street.
- Living in Edson, White, or Lorillard, use the Main Gate on West 21st Street.
- For security reasons, gates must not be left unattended. Please designate someone to monitor gates and your belongings as you make trips from the gates to your building.
- Keys may not be duplicated under any circumstance.
- Requests for additional keys must be requested from the Front desk.
- Keys will be given ONLY to adult members of the household.
Phones: For information on phone installation, please call the housing office at 212-243-5150, extension 208.
- During the summer months, air-conditioning units with 3,000 to 5,000 BTU's can easily keep your single dorm room cool.
- For larger spaces, a unit with 8,000 to 10,000 will be sufficient.
- For safety reasons, students are NOT allowed to install A/C units.Please contact maintenance at ext: 219 or 498.
- It is recommended that you use surge protectors and/or a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) for use with personal computers and printers.
- In Dehon and Edson, heat-producing electrical appliances can NOT be used including: toasters, toaster ovens, hotpots, hotplates, microwaves, or any similar devices. They may overload electrical circuits and potentially cause a fire.
Fire Safety & Storage:
- Please keep hallways, stairs, landings and entrances clear.
- Storage is not available, so please be cautious when packing.
- When unpacking, be sure to collapse all empty boxes and place for recycling at the Main gate. Normal garbage recycling is located in the basement of all buildings.
- Parking spaces on the street are difficult to find, and garage parking expensive. Transportation in New York City is inexpensive, particularly the subway and bus systems.
- Alternate side of the street parking is observed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. On the Seminary side of 20th Street, (the north side) alternate parking is Monday and Thursday; on 20th Street, (the south side) alternate parking is Tuesday and Friday. On the Seminary side of 21st Street (the south side) alternate parking is Tuesday and Friday. Please use this as a guide for parking when moving-in.
- If you need repairs, please complete a Maintenance Request Form.
Lockouts: If you are locked out of your housing unit, go to the Front Desk. You will be loaned a key which must be returned.
- Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. you will be loaned a key (which must be returned immediately.)
- Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. you will be charged a $20.00 lockout fee, if the keys are not returned to the front desk by 8:30 a.m.
Banking: The seminary participates in the IBM Metro Credit Union which provides free check and saving accounts.
Your new address:
- The GTS address is: 440 West 21st Street, Box #, New York, 10011-4977.
- This address is for the entire community for all United States Postal Service (USPS) items.
- You are advised to insert the box number assigned to you to assist the mailroom attendant with prompt and correct delivery.
For Package Deliveries:
- The address to be used for all deliveries is 440 W. 21 Street, New York, NY 10011. (i.e. UPS, FEDEX, DHL, Messenger service.) Please be sure to check the manner in which deliveries will be sent.
- The front desk staff will notify you if you have an express mail delivery for pick-up; all other items will be sent to the mailroom unless you specify otherwise.
- Heavy items are normally held at the front desk for pick-up. Items must be collected on the day you are notified.
Your old address: Fill out forwarding information at your home post office so mail can follow you.
The Mail Room:
- The mail room is located in the Moore Building on the ground floor.
- Hours of operation:
- Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- The mailroom is closed on all holidays observed by the USPS, and other seminary holidays.
- You may call to make arrangements to collect packages or other items after the opening hours.
Routine for United States Postal Service (USPS):
- Incoming mail arrival times vary.
- Outgoing mail is given to the US postal carrier at that time.
- All outgoing mail can be put in the outgoing mail slot by the mail room door.
- Incoming mail is distributed to mail boxes.
- At the end of the day, all remaining outgoing mail less than 1 lb. will be taken to the local corner mail box.
- Metered mail. Payments are accepted by check only, made payable to GTS.
- Send out packages for all classes of domestic and foreign mail except Overnight Express.
- We receive and distribute all campus mail and US mail.
- Customer service questions will be addressed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- All other USPS needs may be received by neighborhood US post offices, i.e., certified mail, etc.
- It has been our experience that the letter carrier will not take heavy packages. Heavy packages, must be taken directly to the post office or call for a pick-up at a cost to you.
Campus Mail: Mail within the GTS community can be dropped in the campus mail slot in the mail room. An envelope is not necessary; however the name of the recipient must be clearly written.
- You will be notified of all special delivery packages/items we receive.
- Packages/items not collected by 3 pm Monday through Friday are sent to the mailroom.
- Items too large for your mailbox are stored in a locker; a parcel notice will be placed in your mailbox. The notice will have the locker number and the key where your package is stored; lockers are located on the wall across from the mailboxes.
- Please return the key and lock to the campus mail slot after retrieving your parcel.
- Please empty your mail box regularly. Overstuffed mail boxes cause difficulty for the sorters and slow down the delivery process.
- If you are planning to be away for several days, inform the mail room so that your mail can be set aside until your return.
- If you are planning to be away for several weeks, the mail room can forward your first class mail. Mailing labels with the address must be provided as well as the start and end dates for forwarding. If you have questions, please contact the mailroom coordinator, or the Director of Campus services.
Copiers and Copy Codes:
- Copiers for your use are located on the ground floor of the Seabury Building, as well as the Library.
- To obtain a copy code and training on the copies please check with the mailroom coordinator who will schedule training during the first three weeks of the Michaelmas Term.
Vestments for the Chapel of the Good Shepherd
Dear Entering Student,
Welcome to General Seminary! Worship is central to the life of this community, and we gather in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd each day during the term -- both to pray the daily office and to celebrate the Holy Eucharist.
Schedule a Visit
Prospective Student Conference:
Usually each year we offer a 2 day conference for prospective students to see for themselves what The General Theological Seminary and the City of New York have to offer.
The next scheduled date is: February 14 and 15, 2016
During the conference, prospective students tour the Close, attend classes, as well as meet, worship, and dine with faculty and students. Partners and spouses are welcome to attend at no additional cost.
Directions to GTS
The General Theological Seminary is located at 440 West 21st Street, New York City, and occupies the full block between 9th and 10th Avenues and between West 20th and West 21st Streets in Manhattan. The entrance to the Seminary is located midway down the block on the south-side of 21st Street.
The Number 1 Train - 23rd Street stop on Seventh Avenue (walk west on 23rd, turn left on Ninth Avenue to 21st Street).
The Number 2/3 Train - 14th Street stop on Seventh Avenue (walk north on 7th Ave., turn left on 21st Street)
The C and E Trains - 23rd Street stop on Eighth Avenue (walk west on 23rd, turn left at Ninth Avenue to 21st Street).
From the North:
From the George Washington Bridge, exit onto the Henry Hudson Parkway/Westside Highway/Route 9 South to 23rd Street, left on 23rd Street to Ninth Avenue, then right on Ninth Avenue to 21st Street.
From the West:
From the Lincoln Tunnel, exit on 40th Street, turn right onto Ninth Avenue to 21st Street.
From the Holland Tunnel, follow uptown signs to exit on Hudson Street. Follow Hudson north, continuing north as its name becomes 8th Avenue. Between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm during school days, continue to 23rd Street and turn left. One block to Ninth Avenue and turn left and go to 21st Street.
From the East:
From midtown bridges & tunnels, take 2nd Avenue south to 23rd Street, turn right (west) on 23rd Street to Ninth Avenue, left to 21st Street.
Parking: There is some on-street parking and many local parking lots and garages (at City prices). Two of the closest are located at 23rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues (in the London Terrace complex), and on 10th Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets, just two blocks from the Tutu Center's main entrance.
GTS is excited to offer a 360° view of some popular sites on the Close, as well as a few shots from areas typically not accessible to the public. More views will be added over time.
Above is a map of our campus with various 360° views and their locations marked with red stars. Clicking on any star on the map will launch the 360° view using the QuickTime plug-in.
You also can click on any of the "Close Highlights" below to view those locations immediately.
Campus highlights - panorama views
- Outside the Chapel During the Fall (1345kb file)
- The Close in the Snow - Feb 2005 (642kb file)
- The East Quad (1088kb file)
- The Refectory at Mealtime (1059kb file)
To rotate the view, click and drag your mouse cursor within the movie. You will be able to direct your view up, down, left and right. Use the
The 360 view requires the QuickTime plug-in. If the 360 views do not launch, you should download the QuickTime plug-in to make sure you have the latest version.
iGrad Financial Resources
GTS has partnered with iGrad to provide a set of financial modules for our community. With iGrad you can
- Master financial decision-making with fun online activities
- Evaluate your budgeting & get recommendations with our online analysis
- Learn how to save money by watching entertaining videos
To get started with iGrad go to http://www.igrad.com/schools/gts/?TargetURL=%2FRegister.aspx and register. It's easy and fun!
Financial Aid Overview
GTS school code: G02726
The GTS Financial Aid office is ready to assist you with the financial aid process and to provide information and forms. GTS students receive financial aid from several sources including:
- GTS Scholarships
- External Grants and Scholarships, including parish and diocesan grants
- Direct Student Loans – Direct Unsubsidized and Direct Plus Loans for Graduate Students
- College Work Study
GTS offers both merit and need-based scholarships. The GTS Scholarship Committee carefully considers each student's request. Financial aid is normally credited to the recipient's account in equal installments at the beginning of the Michealmas (fall) and Easter (spring) terms.
All students applying for GTS scholorship and/or Federal loans must file the U.S. Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will fill out this document online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA school code for GTS is G02726. A reminder-students must apply for financial aid each year.
The GTS Financial Aid Office can provide information on other scholarship resources. GTS students are highly successful at garnering outside scholarship awards. Sources include The Society for the Increase of the Ministry, Episcopal Church scholarships for minority students, FTE Ministries and Deaconess House. Students can request information for outside scholarships from the Financial Aid Office. Many students also find scholarship and grant sources on the Internet. The largest, free search engine for these is located at www.fastweb.com.
GTS participates in Federal student aid programs; Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans, Direct Plus Loans for Graduate Student and the Federal Work Study programs. Students are encouraged to go to the Federal governments website: www.StudentAid.gov the most complete information on Federal aid. For Direct Loans. students must be enrolled at least half time (six credits) and complete the FAFSA. For Federal Work Study, students must prove need. Proving need is not required for Direct Unsubsidized Loans or Direct Plus loans. Plus Loans require proof of credit worthiness.
We urge eligible students to apply for Work Study at GTS. The opportunities for work are varied—from assisting in the library, conducting research, assisting the Chaplain’s office, writing and editing and data base management. These opportunities enrich your experience at GTS.
All students requesting GTS scholarships are expected to apply for at least three outside financial aid resources (i.e., grants, scholarships, etc) to supplement the GTS scholarship. M.Div. students are expected to seek support from their Parishes and Dioceses. The Parish and Diocesan grants may be considered two of the three required outside grant resources.
Students receiving GTS scholarships and Federal student loans must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
GTS Financial Aid Office:
direct line: (646) 717-9742
toll-free: (888) 487-5649, ext. 206
How to apply for Financial Aid
The GTS Financial Aid Application is completed each year. Copies of the application are available at the Financial Aid Office or online at Financial Aid Application. For the 2014-2015 year, the Financial Aid Application deadline For spring admission the deadline in November 1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) must be completed annually to determine your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Complete the form online at www.studentloans.gov or www.fafsa.gov.
The FAFSA school code for GTS is G02726. By entering this code, you are authorizing the US Department of Education to forward your financial information to GTS.
We recommend that you file your taxes electronically so that the information can be transmitted electronically via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) into the FAFSA. If you are unable to file your taxes before the spring deadline for applying for aid, you may use estimates in your FAFSA. Once you have completed your taxes, go online and update your FAFSA. This is required before a final award can be made.
Applications for Financial Aid must be accompanied by notification of any other outside aid and scholarship received or applied for. Ordination-track students are required to seek support from their parish and diocese. Please use these forms to supply the parish and diocesan support.
Please contact me with your questions.
Financial Aid Office
The General Theological Seminary
440 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
646 717- 9742
212 727-3907 (fax)
Grants and Scholarships
The GTS Scholarship Committee takes the process of awarding financial aid very seriously and strives to assist students with grants and scholarships. Degree-seeking students who maintain satisfactory academic progress and who are enrolled for at least nine credits in a semester are eligible to apply for GTS scholarships. For need based scholarships, the committee considers need as the difference between your COA (cost of yearly attendance) and your EFC (expected family contribution), parish and diocesan support, and outside grants. Other scholarships are awarded based on donor stipulations and restrictions. All continuing students are required to apply to at least three outside financial aid resources (i.e., grants, scholarships, etc.) to supplement the GTS scholarships. Ordination-track students are expected to seek support from their parishes and dioceses.
GTS administers several named scholarships including the Bishop Hamilton H. Kellogg Scholarship that is awarded annually to one student from each class in the Master of Divinity degree program. The scholarship of $20,000 per year is given to a candidate with a record of excellent academic achievement and outstanding demonstrated potential as a theologian or as a leader in parish ministry. The Scholarship honors the Rt. Rev. Hamilton H. Kellogg, GTS ’24 and Bishop of Minnesota, 1956-1970. GTS administers ten other named scholarships of various sizes and criteria.
Students receiving GTS scholarships must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and take a course load of nine credits to maintain their grant or scholarship.
Read more about GTS named scholarships and the stories of current recipients here.
External Grants and Scholarships
GTS students have established a strong record of securing scholarships from outside sources such as the Dubose Fund, Society for the Increase of the Ministry, Episcopal Church scholarships for minority students, FTE Ministries and Deaconess House. The Financial Aid Office has information on these and other scholarships. Many students find information on scholarships/grants on the Internet. The largest free search engine for these is located at www.fastweb.com.
Financial Aid Office:
Seabury, Room S-10
(888) 487-5649, ext. 206 (toll free)
Accept Financial Aid
When GTS has completed your Financial Aid package, you will receive an award letter. If you see any discrepancies in the information or would like to change the amount of aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office before accepting the the package.
To "accept" your Financial Aid loans, scholorships and grants, log on to MyGTS from our website, www.gts.edu (lower left corner), follow the instructions. Please send the Financial Aid Office an email once the process is complete. Acceptance of the loans, scholarshipa and grants is required.
If you are a First Time borrower at GTS through the Direct Student Loan program, you must go to the website below to electronically sign a master promissory note and complete the Direct Student Loan Entrance Counseling. If you are taking Direct Plus Loans for Graduate Students, you will need to sign the promissory note for each Plus Loan. Grand Plus Entrance Counseling is required for these loans. Please notify the Financial Aid Office when you have completed these steps.
Sign in using the same PIN # used to sign your FAFSA https://studentloans.gov
GTS participates in Federal Financial Aid programs; Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans, Direct Plus Loans for Graduate Students and the Federal Work Study. Students must be enrolled at least half time (six credits) and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
To apply, students must complete the GTS Financial Aid Application and the FAFSA. For Federal Work Study, students must prove need. Proving need is not required for Direct Unsubsidized Loans or for Plus Loans for Graduate Students. Plus Loans require proof of credit worthiness. To apply go to www.studentloans.gov, complete the FAFSA using the GTS school code G02726, complete the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note.
We encourage eligible students to apply for Work Study at GTS. The opportunities for work are varied—from assisting in the library, conducting research, assisting the Chaplain’s office, writing and editing and data base management. These opportunities enrich your experience at GTS.
Work Study is a part-time employment program for students who have demonstrated financial need. Unlike other types of financial aid, students will receive their work study award in the form of a paycheck once or twice a month throughout the semester. The student must find a job, work, and earn the award. Students may earn up to the amount of their work study award each semester.
A work study participant is classified as a temporary, part-time employee of GTS. While not subject to Federal withholding, these wages are subject to state and local withholding taxes. All such wages and withholdings are reported to the IRS and State and City tax offices. All work study students must stop by the Business Office to obtain the required withholding forms and become enrolled in the GTS payroll system, as well as to update tax withholding information, as needed. In order to complete your work study paperwork, you will need to have a Social Security card and one of the following: U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, U.S. voter's registration card or alien registration card. For your paycheck to be processed, you must submit a bi-weekly timesheet with your work study supervisor's signatures.
Positions in various on-campus departments and organizations are readily available (though not guaranteed) and usually pay $10/hour. A work study orientation will be held by the Office of Financial Aid.
For your paycheck to be processed, you must submit a bi-weekly timesheet with your work-study supervisor's signatures to the Financial Aid Office.
Time sheets must be submitted within 30 days of the duties performed or risk possibility on non-payment.
Important notice: Work study earnings are not credited toward tuition and fees or room and board but are paid to you on a biweekly basis. Money earned from employment is normally used for books, transportation, and personal expenses.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Article III - Section F: Academic Probation
l. Any full-time student who, in a given term, fails to complete at least nine credits with an
average grade of "C-" or better for that term shall be placed on academic probation.
2. Any student who, in a given term, receives two grades of "F" or "NCr" in courses of at least
two credits each shall be placed on academic probation.
3. To be removed from academic probation, a student must, over the period of the term,
complete nine credits with an average grade of "C-" or better.
4. For the purpose of determining probationary status an "Inc" shall count as an "F".
5. The Registrar shall inform immediately any student on academic probation of that fact, with a
copy of the letter to the student's Faculty advisor; the Registrar shall also present to the
Faculty at the beginning of each term a list of those on academic probation.
6. Failure to be removed from academic probation after one term shall result in the automatic
dismissal of the student from the Seminary.
GTS Grant Policy
All GTS grants require you to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. Failure to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better will result in loss of your GTS grants.
The General Theological Seminary seeks to create a community that values the presence and contributions of all God's people, and a central theme in the life of GTS in the new millennium has been the broadening diversity of its students, faculty, and staff. We rejoice in an intentional, spiritually based commitment to realize the inherent value of everyone.
Spouses and partners of students are welcomed into the community as we seek to help nurture their particular interests. The Close provides a safe and beautiful outdoor environment for children. Childcare is available on campus, local public schools have received excellent ratings, and church-sponsored private schools are accessible for seminary children. Students with fewer family obligations may have more free time to experience the social, cultural, and entertainment opportunities outside of Chelsea Square.
Welcome to Admissions
Dear Prospective Student,
We are delighted that you are interested in the General Theological Seminary for your theological education. The first Episcopal Seminary in the United States, GTS continues to live into its mission "...to educate and form leaders for the Church in a changing world," through a community centered on worship, spiritual formation, fellowship, and social justice.
Located in the heart of New York City, within the thriving neighborhood of Chelsea, the General Theological Seminary offers the unique opportunity to live and study in one of the most dynamic urban centers on earth, all while surrounded by the beautiful, garden-like serenity of the Close.
Whether you feel called to ordained ministry or lay leadership in your faith community, whether you are drawn to advanced theological studies or a certificate program, whether you are interested in studying part-time or even as a non-degree student, GTS offers a path and a course of study that will meet your needs.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you on the Close.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness:
The General Theological Seminary is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, Website:www.ats.edu
General Theological Seminary educates and forms men and women for a wide variety of professional ministries. Nearly all students enrolled in General Seminary graduate and go on to serve either in ordained capacities or positions of pastoral responsibility. Our lay graduates pursue vocations both within and outside church settings as well as pursuing further graduate education or academic careers. On average, 96% of General's graduates are placed in full-time vocational employment or educational positions within a year of graduation.
Requirements & Deadlines
These requirements are common to all of the programs, except the Th.D., Certificate, and General Learner study.
Part-Time Non-Degree Study
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Students are encouraged to register for classes using our on-line registration system—it’s simple and fast.
A quick survey of GTS course offerings you may be interested in taking can be found here.
Deadlines for Application: One week prior to class. Some late applications may be considered if space permits.
Fee: The fee for each course is given in the application. Registration is incomplete without payment in full: We accept MasterCard and Visa and checks payable to "The General Theological Seminary."
Continuing Education Credit: CEUs available for every course. Academic credit is not available for continuing education/Lifelong Learning courses.
Cancellations and Refunds: On the above-cited registration deadline, a minimum number of participants must be registered or the course will be cancelled. In that case, fees will be returned in full or, if the applicant wishes, applied to another course. Refunds are not available to participants who cancel.
Part-time students come from all over the metropolitan New York area, the United States and even from around the world. Some are clergy, and others are lay men and women interested in learning more about their faith and the church. Their diversity of background and opinion enriches the classroom experience.
Those wishing to participate in Seminary course offerings as part-time students who are not seeking a degree have the opportunity to choose from day and evening schedules and courses in either traditional 12-week formats or intensive formats that meet over a period of days or a weekend.
Registration for a course must be received by the deadline (normally one week prior to the start of the class), together with all fees and tuition. Early registration is helpful to the professors in planning their courses! Some courses require part-time students to obtain the instructor's permission for registration.
Part-time students who are not seeking degrees are ineligible for courses offered under any cross-registration agreement into which the Seminary has entered with other educational institutions. Non-degree students may earn up to 14 credits toward an M.A. degree and up to 25 credits toward an M.Div. degree. Students must matriculate if they want additional credits to apply toward a degree.
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The Seminary welcomes students from other parts of the world to its degree and non-degree programs. Our purposes are to broaden cross-cultural perspective for ministry and prepare scholars and teachers to be leaders in theological education in their home countries. For the Seminary, the presence of international students enriches theological dialogue and mutual learning in the community. International students may be Anglican or from other churches.
Welcome to Financial Aid at GTS. Our mission is to help remove financial barriers and to make the financial aid process as simple and easy to understand as possible. The following pages will provide you with general financial aid information to assist you in understanding our processes and in making informed financial decisions.
Prospective students are especially invited to browse these pages for general information about seminary costs, types of financial aid that are available, the financial aid process, financial aid application requirements. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to call or email the financial aid office.
Director of Financial Aid / Human Resources
The General Theological Seminary
440 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
local : (646) 717-9742
toll-free: (888) 487-5649 ext. 206
fax: (212) 727-3907