Visiting VTS

Information for Prospective Student Visitors:  The Admissions Department looks 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 2-3 weeks in advance of the visit, we can also plan for your admissions interview at this time.  

Below you'll see a list of dates during the 2015-16 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 7- Labor day.  The seminary is closed

September 29- Quiet Day, a day for reflection and prayer, is held on campus.  No classes or regularly scheudled activities take place

October 12-14 - Convocation/Chapel Consecretation

October 24-27 - Reading and Exam Days- Seminary classes are not in session. Visits can be scheduled, but there are no opportunities to visit classes.

October 28-November 1 - Fall break.  NO classes are held, students are away from campus.

November 6 - Fall Visit Day - All prospective student visits will be within the context of our Fall Visit Day program.  Registration will open in September 2015 and is available to those prospective students who can travel to and from the seminary on the day of the event. 

November 26-28 - The Seminary is closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

December 17- 21 - Reading and Exam Days

December 22- January 2nd - Christmas Break - no classes are in session and the Seminary is closed December 24-January 2nd

January 4- January 29 - The January term is in session and students are not required to be on campus.  The typical Seminary schedule is not in effect during this time so it is not the best option for visits.  However, those who cannot visit at other times, may work with the admissions office to plan a January visit.  Note that an alternative, intensive format, class schedule is maintained during the January term.  The Seminary is closed on January 18th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 10 - Ash Wednesday Quiet Day - a day for reflection and prayer, is held on campus.  No classes or regularly scheudled activities take place

February 12-14 - 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 15 - President's day.  The seminary is closed

March 16-18 - Spring mid-term reading day and exams. Classes are not held. Visits can be scheduled, but there are no opportunities to visit classes.

March 21-25 - Spring Break and Holy Week.  Classes are not in session, worship is not held, and students are away from campus. Seminary offices are closed on Good Friday.

March 28 - Easter Monday - The Seminary is closed.

May 10-13, 16 - Spring semester reading days and final exams.  No classes are held. Visits can be scheduled, but there are no opportunities to visit classes.

May 17-19 -  Board of Trustees visit campus and Commencement is held (May 19).  

May 25-26 - Employee Development day and final faculty meeting for year.

May 30 - Memorial day. The seminary is closed

We strive to have all campus visits and interviews completed by the first week of June.  

Visit Day for Prospective Students:

Friday, November 6, 2015: The Fall Visit Day for Prospective Students is a day long event designed to provide information and insight into our programs and community.  The day's schedule is designed for those who can drive to and from campus on the day of the event.   Registration will be available in September 2015.

February 12-14, 2016:  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 2015 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.  For those who can travel in mid-week, we particularly encourage you to be on campus on Wednesdays, the day on which the entire community gathers for a community Eucharist over the noon hour.  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 an in-person 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 two to three 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.
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Bishop Payne Library
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Butterfly House
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