Virginia Seminary is about Community. To get a sense of our life together, there’s no substitute for a visit to the campus. Whether you are a prospective student or an occasional visitor, we invite you to spend some time with us.
We look forward to hosting all Master's level applicants for a visit to the VTS campus at least once in the application process to experience the rhythms of life in this community, to worship, attend classes and meet students, faculty and staff. If complete application packets have been received 3-4 weeks in advance of the visit, we can also plan for your admissions interview at this time. We welcome you to visit when is most convenient for you, but we encourage visits to take place on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, as those are the most vivacious days in our community.
Below you'll see a list of dates during the 2013-2014 academic year on which we cannot host prospective student visitors to campus or on which there are some limitations in the schedule. Please keep these dates in mind as you consider when you may be able to visit VTS:
September 24 - Quiet Day, no classes are held and the community observes silence during the day.
October 8-9 - Convocation
October 10-14 - fall break. Classes are not held, the refectory is closed, and other limitations to the schedule are in effect.
October 14 - Columbus day (Seminary is closed)
October 23 (reading day) and October 24-25 (mid-term exam days) - classes are not in session, however, limited visits can be arranged if no other visiting dates are possible for the prospective student.
NOVEMBER 11 - The Fall Visit Day for Prospective Students is a visit day for interested parties who live within same-day driving distance from campus. Anyone wishing to visit on November 11 will be included in the planning for this open house visiting day. Interviews will not be scheduled for November 11.
November 27-29 - Thanksgiving holiday
December 9 - Quiet day
December 13, 16-19 - reading and final exam days. While some visits to campus are possible, we are not observing our regular class schedule, and students are preparing to depart for the Christmas holiday.
December 20-January 2 - Christmas Holiday. The seminary is closed
January 3-31 - January term. The usual class, chapel and lunch schedules are not in effect. While it may be possible to hold some interviews by special arrangement, particularly for applicants who live in the area, typically we do not host out of town visitors or hold interviews during the January term.
February 14-16 - Spring Visit Weekend for Prospective Students. All visitors will be participants in this prospective student event. Registration to attend the Conference will be open in November and will take place through the VTS website.
February 17 - President's day. The seminary is closed
March 5 - Ash Wednesday Quiet Day, no classes are held and the community observes silence during the day
March 19-21 - Spring mid-term reading day and exams. Classes are not held.
March 24-28 - Spring Break. Classes are not in session, worship is not held, and students are away from campus.
April 18- Offices are closed on Good Friday.
April 21 - Easter Monday - the seminary is closed
May 14-19: Spring semester reading day and final exams. No classes are held.
May 20-22: Board of Trustees visit campus and Commencement is held (May 23).
May 26 - Memorial day. The seminary is closed
May 29 and 30: Faculty/Staff development Day and final faculty meetings.
We strive to have all campus visits and interviews completed by the first week of June.
Visit Days for Prospective Students:
November 11, 2013: The "Fall Visit Day for Propsective Students" is a one day prospective student open house event open to those who can drive to and from campus on the day of the event. Information about our programs and community life are presented. Registration will open in early October 2013.
February 14-16, 2014: The "Spring Visit Weekend for Prospective Students" event attracts participants from around the US, and is the premier event for all prospective students. Registration materials and information will be available in November of 2012 and will be posted on the VTS website.
Individual visits to campus. Informational visits prior to submitting an application, and interview visits scheduled once all application materials have been received at VTS can be arranged for any day of the work week. Although we do hold some interviews in the fall, the largest number are held during the spring semester between March and Mid-May. Services of Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist and Evening Prayer are held daily. Interviews are not held on weekends. We do not schedule an interview appointment until we have received, reviewed and processed your application. Occasionally it is possible to forgo a second trip to campus for a face-to-face admissions interview if the applicant has already experienced a substantive visit which was planned under the auspices of the admissions office at some earlier point during the academic year in which the application is received. Such visits would include conversations with faculty members on the admissions committee, visiting class, meeting the Financial Aid and Housing Director, attending worship and enjoying lunch on campus . In these circumstances, a tele-conferenced interview may be scheduled instead.
For those who have not previously visited VTS, a personal interview is required. Usually, the interview can take place three to four weeks from the time we receive your application packet, providing the packet is complete and all credentials are in order. If you know of particular dates on which you can travel to VTS, please include those dates in the application packet, on a separate piece of paper, on top of the application materials so the sheet is visible immediately upon opening the envelope.
In addition to arranging for your admissions interview, we are happy to plan activities and appointments that will introduce you to the communal and academic life at VTS as well as provide overnight accommodations in our guesthouse (based on availability) and meals in the refectory.