FAQ for Prospective Students

trinity days students as loFrequently Asked Questions

Question: What if I am still in College?

Answer: Regardless of how far you are from graduation day, college is the perfect time to begin thinking about seminary. It's also the perfect time to begin visiting seminaries to get a sense of the distinctive context and the community vibe of each. Being on campus during the heart of the academic year is an ideal way to picture yourself here. We would love to have you schedule a visit with us.

If you are a member of the ELCA and are thinking of beginning seminary within the next couple of years, particularly in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program, you should also be in touch with your synod office about the candidacy process. Often the best place to begin this conversation is with your home or campus pastor. If you would like assistance in making contact with the appropriate person on your synod staff, please contact the admissions office. We are glad to help you begin making these connections.

Please sign up for our prospective student mailings. We will keep you informed about scheduled visitation events throughout the year, as well as continuing education opportunities when you might join us on campus for a lecture or workshop.

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Question: What if I am still in High School?

Answer: High School students who are sensing a call to ministry are encouraged to let us know of your interest. We will add you to our mailing list, and keep you informed about discernment events that may be happening. We would love to be a part of this journey you are on.

One amazing opportunity for High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors is the Summer Seminary Sampler program. Samplarians, as they are called, come to campus for a two-week experience in either June or July. The Sampler program will give you another community in which to think about your gifts, and how God might be calling you to put them to work in the world.

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Question: What if I am not Lutheran?

Answer: Trinity students come from a variety of denominational backgrounds. To be sure, as a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest number of Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students on campus are ELCA students. While the student body is always in transition, we often have more than a dozen different denominations represented.

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Question: What if I do not have an undergraduate degree?

Answer: The Association of Theological Schools in Bulletin 2010, states “as many as 15 percent of students in the M.Div. degree program may be admitted without possession of the baccalaureate degree or its educational equivalent, if the institution can demonstrate by some objective means that these persons possess the knowledge, academic skill, and ability generally associated with persons who hold the baccalaureate degree. Admission of such applicants should be restricted to persons with life experience that has prepared them for theological study at the graduate level.” The Admissions Office can provide additional information about Trinity’s implementation of this ATS standard.

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