Who do I talk to?

Academics

For questions about academic programs or curricular requirements, contact your academic advisor. If you don’t know your academic advisor, contact the Registrar’s Office: Julie Ritter in Gettysburg, and Rene Diemer in Philadelphia.

UTI Certificate Programs: Quintin Robertson

For questions about academic policies or procedures as outlined in the Catalog or Student Handbook, contact:

Dean Jayakiran Sebastian (Dean and Vice President of Student Services)
Julie Ritter (Registrar)
Allison deForest (for Doctor of Ministry, PhD, Master of Sacred Theology)

For questions about registering for courses, transcripts, class schedules, or the course catalog, visit the Registrar page. Then contact the Registrar’s Office: Julie Ritter in Gettysburg, and Rene Diemer in Philadelphia.

For questions about Concentrations (Master of Divinity) or Specializations (Master of Arts in Public Leadership), contact Dean Jayakiran Sebastian.

Tuition, fees, student accounts

First, see this page in the Academic Catalog; then talk to Julie Ritter or Tammy McKim

Campus Housing

If something is broken in your dorm room: in Gettysburg, please contact Dave Reecher. For Philadelphia, contact Alberto DeJesus.

For questions about housing options and policies on campus, visit the Housing page.

For questions about your lease, contact Wendy Mizenko.

If you need a room for a weekly crash space, you have a guest coming, or you’re taking an intensive on the other campus, contact Wendy Mizenko in Gettysburg and Lyn Jackson in Philadelphia.

Reserving a room on campus

To reserve a room on campus for a meeting, contact Wendy Mizenko in Gettysburg and Lyn Jackson in Philadelphia.

Contextual Formation

See the Contextual Formation page, here.

Worship Life

For questions about chapel services, contact the sacristans or the Deans of chapel. (link to Chapel pages for each campus)

Chapel services on the Gettysburg Campus are at 11:45am, Tuesday through Friday.

Chapel services on the Philadelphia Campus are at 6:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday and at 11:45 on Wednesday and Friday.

Technology

For all IT-related questions, email ITHelp@uls.edu or use our ticketing system.  Please also visit the IT homepage for frequently used forms and information.

IT is responsible for: campus network/internet, Wi-Fi, telephone systems, email, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe applications, Canvas, Zoomrooms, cable TV, database systems, Emergency Text Alerts, Public computer systems,classroom computers/projectors/audio, website functionality (but not content)and other related systems.

If we cannot help you we will help you get in contact with those who can assist you with your issue.

Textbooks

For information about textbook lists, please see the Registrar page for more information or contact your professors directly. Books can be ordered online through the ULS e-bookstore. (E-campus).
E-campus offers a $500 line of credit per student each semester.

Library

For questions regarding the library on either campus contact Evan Boyd.

Ordinarily, the library is open daily from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. When classes are in session, the libraries on both campus offer extended hours. An accurate, daily schedule of library open hours and events can be found at the library homepage and on the library calendar page.

Pastoral Care

United Lutheran Seminary students have access to two pastors who can provide pastoral presence to students throughout their seminary journey.
Pastor Terry McCarthy is available for students on the Gettysburg Campus and Distance Learning students.
Pastor Gwen King is available for students on the Philadelphia Campus as well as Distance Learning students.

Campus Food Service

Gettysburg campus: Lunch is available by purchasing individual meals or a punch card for more than one lunch in the refectory on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on regularly scheduled class days. There is no "meal plan" at ULS.

Philadelphia campus: Community lunches are served in Brossman A each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students must purchase their 5-ticket meal plan for $35 for the 5-meal ticket, through their student accounts. Faculty and staff may also purchase meal plans using a credit card. See the Brossman reception desk to purchase meal plans.Walk-ins may purchase meals throughout the semester for $9, payable in cash at the time of the meal.

Please note: Our Philadelphia caterer, Little Jimmie's, is offering free brunch for students, faculty and staff with ULS ID's each Thursday from 10:30AM - 12:00noon during the semester.

The Common Cup

ULS produces an electronic publication three times a week, Common Cup, while classes are in session.

Food Pantry

We have food pantries available on both campuses to help support the needs of our students. The Gettysburg food pantry is located in Valentine and the Philadelphia food pantry in Wiedemann Hall.

ID Badges

To request an ID badge, please email Grainne Davies (GB) or Jim Ziebell (PH).

ULS Merchandise

It's easy to order ULS merchandise online.

Spiritual Formation

Some programs include a non-degree requirement for Spiritual Formation. Please see Dr. John Largen with questions about fulfilling this requirement.

Lifelong Learning and Certificate Studies

For questions about lectures, events and training related to Lifelong Learning and certificate studies, please contact Deacon Chelle Huth.

Washington Theological Consortium

United Lutheran Seminary is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium, offering students the opportunity to earn certificates in Ecumenism, Muslim-Christian Studies, Ecology and Theology, and Criminal Justice and Reconciliation. The faculty adviser is Dean Sebastian and for Ecology and Theology is Dr. Waldkoenig. More information.

Town and Country Institute

The Town and Country Institute offers a concentration in Rural and Small Church Ministry. The faculty adviser for the program is Dr. Gil Waldkoenig. More information.

DL and Co-op Students

Dr. Allison de Forest serves as the Director for Distributed Learning and Co-op Programs.

Candidacy

Students who are seeking rostered ministry may be involved in a candidacy process. If students have questions about their process, they may contact their synod of candidacy, Contextual Formation Director and consult the ELCA website for relevant forms and information.

The Student Body

For questions about the Student Body, please contact either the ULS Student Body President at SB-President@uls.edu or Vice President at SB-Vice-President@uls.edu.

Security

For security questions on the Philadelphia Campus, please call 215-248-4665.

For security questions on the Gettysburg Campus, please call 717-357-6634.

Mailroom

For questions about the Gettysburg Campus mail room, please contact Grainne Davies. For the Philadelphia Campus mail room, please contact James Ziebell. Students may fill out a form in each mail room to request a mailbox key.

Gym

On the Gettysburg Campus, please contact Sherry Rippman to purchase a YWCA membership.

On the Philadelphia Campus, please purchase a key for the gym from the security desk.

Welcome to United Lutheran Seminary!

You’re admitted. What should you do next?

Visit the Registrar's page for helpful information. Questions? Contact the Registrar, Julie Ritter on the Gettysburg campus or Rene Diemer in Philadelphia. Henry is the seminary’s website used for registration, grade posting, and billing. By now you should have received your Henry ID and password from the IT Department. If you have not received this information, contact ITHelp@uls.edu. You should have also received a letter from Student Services telling you the name of your Academic Adviser, a faculty member who  will assist you in choosing your courses and will provide you with the PIN number required  to complete your online registration.

Will you find it more helpful to take a biblical course and/or theology course prior to taking integrative courses such as Preaching or Christian Education? This is a good question to discuss with your adviser. If you are a part-time student we suggest that you consider starting with a core course.

Do you need Financial Assistance?

Financial Aid is available to help you offset the cost of attending Seminary.  Available sources of Financial Aid are scholarships/gift aid, federal student loans and federal work-study (FWS).  To be eligible you must apply for Financial Aid.  To apply, you need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete and submit ULS’s Institutional Financial Aid Application .

Once you’ve been awarded financial aid you’ll receive an email informing you on what steps to follow for accepting your award.

If you intend to borrow funds through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program please be sure to accept the loan on your financial aid award.  In addition, to receive loan proceeds you need to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling (EC) at www.studentloans.ed.gov.

If your financial aid award includes FWS, job postings will be available late August and posted online.  You’ll need to complete and submit a FWS Employment Application .  Once your application has been received you’ll be contacted by the hiring supervisor directly if he/she desires an interview.

Please note: An award of FWS does not guarantee employment.  Also, due to limited funding for this program FWS jobs are filled quickly.  However, if you do not receive a FWS job there may be other employment opportunities offered by the Student Services Office. Additional information regarding that will be sent out at a later date via an email blast.

If you need additional information please contact Dean Sebastian

More Useful Info & Resources

Disability Policy:   ULS is committed to providing an environment in which all students have full access to educational opportunities and community life. To provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students with either short or long-term disabilities, documented evidence of the disability and of the required accommodation is needed. To begin the accommodation process, students should complete the Disability Self-Identification Form. The Director of Student Services works in collaboration with the student and the faculty to determine specific accommodations.

Computer Requirement: It is required that all students have regular access to appropriately equipped computers; therefore, it is strongly advised that all students purchase computer systems (laptops preferred) and software according to the suggested guidelines found in the Student Handbook. Students may include computer hardware and software expenses in the cost of attendance for purposes of seeking financial aid and/or student loans.

The Biblical Studies faculty requires all MDiv students to use Accordance Bible software as part of their studies. Information for ordering it at a reduced price will be provided at the start of the fall term. Exceptions may be made with permission of Bible faculty.

Mail Box:  All students are assigned a campus mailbox by which to receive campus communications and returned course papers. You will receive information at Orientation on how to secure a mailbox on your home campus.

Student ID Cards: If you’re based on the Philadelphia campus, see Jim Ziebell at the front desk to get your student ID card. If you’re based on the Gettysburg campus, see Grainne Davies on the 2nd floor of Valentine Hall. Your student ID card will also function as your library card.

Email Accounts, Canvas Accounts, Henry Student Web Portal
All students will be assigned and are required to use a ULS email account. Once your Commitment Letter is received please complete the Student Email Application . Important information from faculty and administrative offices is sent to this address, and you are responsible for all communications sent to your email address. Your email and password will also give you access to the Henry system (student account information) and to the Canvas course management system.

Canvas

Note that your professor determines when to open the Canvas site for any individual course. You will receive an email notification when a course site is open in Canvas – you do not need to check with the help desk if you do not see a course you are enrolled in on your Canvas list. Also, drop/add changes take several days after you have submitted a drop/add to the Registrar before they are reflected in Canvas.

Please contact the Help Desk – ITHelp@ULS.edu – if you need assistance accessing your email account, Canvas (course/class information), or the Henry system.

Student Handbook:  View the Student Handbook here. Please take time to read the Handbook, especially all policy statements, as you are responsible for abiding by seminary policy.

Other Ways You Can Prepare for Seminary

  • Review your English grammar. If you’ve been out of the classroom for a while, or if you are taking a language, it is especially useful.
  • Brush up on your writing skills. Being able to write a clear and critical paragraph is an important skill for seminary. We suggest reading The Seminary Student Writes by Deborah Core, published by Chalice Press. You will find A Manual for Style (8th Edition) by Kate Turabian helpful for properly citing sources in your coursework. These books can be ordered through our virtual bookstore at uls.ecampus.com.  Look for the SGN000 course which is comprised of recommended texts from faculty and staff.
  • Make sure your denomination and congregation know you are going to seminary. If you have not already contacted your denominational offices and your home congregation, now is the time to do so. First, they can support you in a variety of ways including prayer and good wishes. Second, if you are seeking ordination there will be other, specific processes to complete with your denomination.
  • Read Scripture. The Biblical faculty at ULS have chosen The New Revised Standard Version to be used in classes. The Harper Collins Study Bible is a solid choice for an NRSV annotated Bible.
  • Spend time in prayer and worship.
  • Engage in conversation about vocation and discernment with those who are or have been in seminary or those who have been mentors to you.
  • When applicable, begin to make arrangements for your new schedule: moving, change of address, car insurance/registration, childcare, etc.

Academics

For questions about academic programs or curricular requirements, contact your academic advisor. If you don’t know your academic advisor, contact the Registrar’s Office: Julie Ritter in Gettysburg, and Rene Diemer in Philadelphia.

UTI Certificate Programs: Quintin Robertson

For questions about academic policies or procedures as outlined in the Catalog or Student Handbook, contact:

Dean Jayakiran Sebastian (Dean and Vice President of Student Services)
Julie Ritter (Registrar)
Allison deForest (for Doctor of Ministry, PhD, Master of Sacred Theology)

For questions about registering for courses, transcripts, class schedules, or the course catalog, visit the Registrar page. Then contact the Registrar’s Office: Julie Ritter in Gettysburg, and Rene Diemer in Philadelphia.

For questions about Concentrations (Master of Divinity) or Specializations (Master of Arts in Public Leadership), contact Dean Jayakiran Sebastian.

Finances

Tuition, fees, accounts: First, see this page in the Academic Catalog; then talk to Julie Ritter or Tammy McKim

Campus Housing

If something is broken in your dorm room: in Gettysburg, please contact Dave Reecher. For Philadelphia, contact Alberto DeJesus.

For questions about housing options and policies on campus, visit the Housing page.

For questions about your lease, contact Wendy Mizenko.

If you need a room for a weekly crash space, you have a guest coming, or you’re taking an intensive on the other campus, contact Wendy Mizenko in Gettysburg and Lyn Jackson in Philadelphia.

Community Life

Student Council (link)

For more information about counseling or spiritual direction, please click here.

To reserve a room on campus for a meeting, contact Wendy Mizenko in Gettysburg and Lyn Jackson in Philadelphia.

Contextual Formation

See the Contextual Formation page, here.

Worship Life

For questions about chapel services, contact the sacristans or the Deans of chapel. (link to Chapel pages for each campus)

Chapel services on the Gettysburg Campus are at 11:45am, Tuesday through Friday.

Chapel services on the Philadelphia Campus are at 6:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday and at 11:45 on Wednesday and Friday.

Information Technology

For all IT-related questions, email ITHelp@uls.edu or use our ticketing system.  Please also visit the IT homepage for frequently used forms and information.

IT is responsible for: campus network/internet, Wi-Fi, telephone systems, email, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe applications, Canvas, Zoomrooms, cable TV, database systems, Emergency Text Alerts, Public computer systems,classroom computers/projectors/audio, website functionality (but not content)and other related systems.

If we cannot help you we will help you get in contact with those who can assist you with your issue.

Textbooks

For information about textbook lists, please see the Registrar page for more information or contact your professors directly. Books can be ordered online through the ULS e-bookstore. (E-campus).
E-campus offers a $500 line of credit per student each semester.

Library

For questions regarding the library on either campus contact Evan Boyd.

Ordinarily, the library is open daily from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. When classes are in session, the libraries on both campus offer extended hours. An accurate, daily schedule of library open hours and events can be found at the library homepage and on the library calendar page.

Pastoral Care

United Lutheran Seminary students have access to two pastors who can provide pastoral presence to students throughout their seminary journey.
Pastor Terry McCarthy is available for students on the Gettysburg Campus and Distance Learning students. He may be reached at tmccarthy@uls.edu.
Pastor Gwen King is available for students on the Philadelphia Campus as well as Distance Learning students. She may be reached at gking@uls.edu.

Campus Food Service

Gettysburg Campus Meals

Lunch is available by purchasing individual meals or a punch card for more than one lunch in the refectory on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on regularly scheduled class days. There is no "meal plan" at ULS.

Philadelphia Campus Meals

Community lunches are served in Brossman A each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students must purchase their 5-ticket meal plan, $35 for the 5-meal ticket, through their student accounts. Faculty and staff may also purchase meal plans using a credit card. See the Brossman reception desk to purchase meal plans.

Walk-ins may purchase meals throughout the semester for $9, payable in cash at the time of the meal.

The Common Cup

ULS produces an electronic publication three times a week, Common Cup, while classes are in session.

Food Pantry

We have food pantries available on both campuses to help support the needs of our students. The Gettysburg food pantry is located in Valentine and the Philadelphia food pantry in Wiedemann Hall.

ID Badges

To request an ID badge, please email Grainne Davies (GB) or Jim Ziebell (PH).

ULS Merchandise

It's easy to order ULS merchandise online.

Spiritual Formation

Some programs include a non-degree requirement for Spiritual Formation. Please see Dr. John Largen with questions about fulfilling this requirement.

Lifelong Learning and Certificate Studies

For questions about lectures, events and training related to Lifelong Learning and certificate studies, please contact Deacon Chelle Huth.

Washington Theological Consortium

United Lutheran Seminary is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium, offering students the opportunity to earn certificates in Ecumenism, Muslim-Christian Studies, Ecology and Theology, and Criminal Justice and Reconciliation. The faculty adviser is Dean Sebastian and for Ecology and Theology is Dr. Waldkoenig. More information.

Town and Country Institute

The Town and Country Institute offers a concentration in Rural and Small Church Ministry. The faculty adviser for the program is Dr. Gil Waldkoenig. More information.

DL and Co-op Students

Dr. Allison de Forest serves as the Director for Distributed Learning and Co-op Programs.

Candidacy

Students who are seeking rostered ministry may be involved in a candidacy process. If students have questions about their process, they may contact their synod of candidacy, Contextual Formation Director and consult the ELCA website for relevant forms and information.

The Student Body

For questions about the Student Body, please contact either the ULS Student Body President at SB-President@uls.edu or Vice President at SB-Vice-President@uls.edu.

Security

For security questions on the Philadelphia Campus, please call 215-248-4665.

For security questions on the Gettysburg Campus, please call 717-357-6634.

Mailroom

For questions about the Gettysburg Campus mail room, please contact Grainne Davies. For the Philadelphia Campus mail room, please contact James Ziebell. Students may fill out a form in each mail room to request a mailbox key.

Gym

On the Gettysburg Campus, please contact Sherry Rippman to purchase a YWCA membership.

On the Philadelphia Campus, please purchase a key for the gym from the security desk.