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Prospective Student Visits

"As you prayerfully consider where you might be studying, I am delighted that you are considering Virginia Theological Seminary.  We invite you to visit our eighty acre campus, nestled in the historic town of Alexandria. You'll find that VTS provides an outstanding environment for growth, learning, and community."
The Very Rev. Ian Markham
Dean and President
     
Information for Prospective Students:
The Admissions Office looks forward to hosting master's level applicants for a visit to the VTS campus to experience the rhythms of life in the community by attending worship and classes, and by interacting with students, faculty, and staff during the application process. 

To sign up for a visit, please register HERE.  If you are unable to attending on one of the following scheduled visit days, please email admissions@vts.edu to make alternate arrangements.  

What to Expect on Visit Day:
On each of the visit days, prospective students will experience worship, sit in on a class, have a tour of campus, enjoy meals in the refectory, and mingle with students and faculty.  We will provide you with overnight accommodations for 1-2 nights in conjunction with your visit, and your meals will be provided in the Refectory. 

Scheduling Admissions Interviews:
An admissions interview with the Director of Admissions is a required component of the application process, and may be completed during the campus visit or remotely.  In addition, some applicants may be granted an interview with a faculty member, to be completed remotely later in the application process.

Informational Appointments:
It is also possible to make an appointment to meet with the Director of Admissions on a more informal basis, to ask questions and gather some preliminary information before committing to a day-long visit or application. Please contact email admissions@vts.edu if you wish to arrange an appointment with the Director of Admissions.

Visit Weekend Information

List of 4 items.

  • Schedule

    Find a detailed schedule in your registration packet.
  • Interviews

    Admissions interviews are held on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
    Interviews will be scheduled only for those attendees whose application packets have been received by February 10th.  Please indicate your wish to have your interview appointment during the weekend on the registration form.
  • Travel

    Transportation from your home to Virginia Theological Seminary and back is your responsibility.  With prior arrangement, VTS can arrange for a volunteer to pick you up from Reagan National Airport (DCA), Union Station or King Street Street Station, and bring you to campus. 
    Transportation from your home to Virginia Theological Seminary and back is your responsibility.  We can meet you at Reagan National Airport (DCA) or at a train, bus, or metro (subway) station and bring you to campus (with prior arrangement).  We can also take you to your departure point (with prior arrangement) if you are leaving before 2:00pm on Sunday.  Air travelers who wish for VTS to provide transportation to and from the airport must use Reagan National Airport (DCA), which is located near the Seminary.  We can provide information about public transportation and shuttles for those who fly into Baltimore/Washington International or Dulles International airports.  Please indicate your transportation needs on the registration form.

    When making travel arrangements, please keep in mind that registration for the weekend opens at 12 noon on Friday, February 15th.  The afternoon schedule will include the opportunity to sit in on classes, tour the campus, and have your admissions interview (with prior arrangement).  The official kick-off to the weekend begins at 4:00 PM on Friday. If you are traveling from a distance and find that it is easier to fly into the area on Thursday night, we will be able to provide transportation and accommodations on Thursday night as well.  Please indicate this on your registration form.
  • Accommodations

    Prospective Students will be guests of the Seminary during Fall or Spring Visit Weekend. Meals on campus are provided and guest housing is available.
    You will be a guest of the Seminary's students and faculty during your stay.  Your meals will be provided on campus at no charge.  Most participants will be housed in our Seminary guest housing.  Visitors who are single and who are attending the conference unaccompanied may be assigned to share accommodations with another participant of the same sex.  Accommodations will be assigned to participants based on the order in which registrations are received.  

General Visitor Information

List of 5 items.

  • Arriving at VTS

    How to get to the Seminary by bus or car.
    The Metro is the best way to get around the city of Washington, DC. and surrounding areas. The closest Metro stop to VTS is the King Street Station which is about 3 miles in the direction of Old Town Alexandria. The AT2 DASH bus connects the campus to King Street Station. A bus ride to the station is $1.75
    Transit Schedules: The Metro  Dash Bus

    Parking is available on campus free of charge. Parking is available in the lots closest to the Seminary Road entrance, which is also closest to The Refectory and Guest Housing.  Event attendees should look for signs directing you to the parking lot closest to the event venue. 

    Click here for a campus map.


  • Guest Housing at VTS

    The Seminary has Guest Housing available for alumni, friends, and visiting groups.
    We welcome alumni as well as friends and visiting groups here on Seminary or church-related business to stay in the guest houses. Currently, alumni may stay in the guest houses without charge two nights each fiscal year, subject to availability. Guest house rooms are in high demand, so it is advisable to call as far in advance as possible when booking a room.

    Guest house check-in during regular business hours takes place at the Welcome Center which is located near the Seminary Road entrance to campus and is directly adjacent to the Immanuel Chapel. Please come to the Welcome Center when you arrive on campus. The center offers internet access, complimentary coffee and information about the seminary.

    We are happy to offer Prospective students two nights of accommodations in our guesthouse as our guests, vacancy permitting.  Additional nights can be reserved at the standard rate.

    Current rates for the guest house range from $99-$149/night plus tax for a single and $111-$170/night plus tax for a double. Breakfast is included.

    Wilmer Hall, 3700 Bishop Walker Circle, and Johns Hall, 3710 Bishop Walker Circle, are the guest houses located on the Seminary campus. Parking for guests is located only in the lot behind the Seminary Post Office. There is no parking on the circle in front of the guesthouses. Check-in is anytime after 3:00 p.m. and check-out is before 10:00 a.m. on the day of departure. For the comfort of all our visitors, Wilmer and Johns Halls are non-smoking buildings, and no pets are allowed. 

    Visitors are always welcome to join us for meals in the Refectory or worship in the Chapel. 

    The Refectory, which is adjacent to Johns Hall, serves meals when academic programs are in session. Check the website for current meal schedules and pricing.

    Community Worship is an integral part of Virginia Seminary. The Seminary community gathers to worship on a regular basis, and all visitors to the campus are invited to join us in the Chapel. A detailed schedule of worship services can be found here.
  • Worship at VTS

    You are invited to join us for a Community Worship Service or to find a peaceful spot on campus to enrich your personal spiritual practice.
    The Seminary community gathers to worship on a regular basis, and all visitors to the campus are invited to join us in the Chapel. A detailed schedule of worship services can be found here.

    The campus also offers many quiet, beautiful spaces for private worship, reflection or meditation. 

    The Chapel Oratory
    The octagon shaped room extended out off of the little chapel, with it's tall windows and ceilings is an excellent place to back in the sunlight or watch the snow fall. 

    St Cyprian's Labrynth 
    Nestled down among the twisted tree is a beautiful simple Labyrinth. Composed out of stone dust, surrounded by bricks from both the old 1881 Chapel and unused bricks from the new Immanuel Chapel, it invites pilgrims to take their anxieties into the center of the Labyrinth and leave them there for God to handle.  The labyrinth is named to honor the African American Chapel, which was constructed in the early 1880s.

    Chapel Garden
    The garden sits on the site of the seminary’s 1881 chapel that was destroyed by fire in 2010 and is enclosed by the remains of the chapel’s walls. The brick cap along the ground of the garden is to indicate the walls of the old chapel. The garden has become a favorite site for students, faculty, staff, and neighborhood friends allowing gathering and reflection.  The Chapel Garden is also used for baptisms, weddings, funerals, parties, and worship.   A few of the remaining artifacts of the 1881 Chapel were incorporated into the new chapel, including several stained glass windows on display in the Chapel Oratory. 

    Cemetery
    The Seminary Cemetery was established in 1876. It is a small, quiet cemetery, the final resting place for many faculty and family members of faculty who served this community. It is a lovely place to find peace and bear witness to some of the saints of VTS. 
  • Dining at VTS

    The seminary offers three options for dining on campus...


    Cafe 1823 
    Named to honor VTS’s founding year, Café 1823 offers a limited menu of good food, an extensive menu of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and varied programming.
    1823 is closed until January

    The Flamingo
    The Flamingo Cafe is located on the lower level of Addison Academic Center where you may enjoy free drip coffee and tea or purchase snacks and espresso beverages.
    The Flamingo is located in the Wilderness through the 2019-2020 academic year

    The Refectory
    The Refectory, located adjacent to Cafe 1823, serves buffet-style meals to Seminary students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors. Refectory meal tickets are available for purchase at the Welcome Center.
    The Refectory will be in a tent in front of Scott Lounge through December.
  • Events at VTS

    The Virginia Theological Seminary offers a variety of programming serving the local community and the worldwide Anglican Communion,
    including concert performances, continuing education classes, retreats and conferences, visiting guest lecturers and community worship events. We invite you to peruse our master calendar to find an event that interests you.

    Seminary Events Calendar.

    Larger community events are typically held in the Addison Academic Center, Immanuel Chapel, or Scott Lounge. Please check your event details to determine how best to locate your event on our campus. Additionally, you may visit the Welcome Center during office hours to receive more information.
The Metro is the best way to get around the city of Washington, DC. The closest Metro stop is the King Street Station which is about 3 miles in the direction of Old Town Alexandria. A cab ride to this station will cost around $9.00. A DASH bus ride to the station is $1.75

The Metro
Dash Bus
Old Town Alexandria is the historic district of the City of Alexandria. Alexandria was a colonial seaport established in 1724 and Old Town is now a lovely restored area with interesting sights, shops and restaurants. You can get there by catching the DASH bus right outside the Seminary Road gate (across the street). At the southern tip of Alexandria is Mount Vernon, the home of our most famous citizen, George Washington. (About a 15-minute car ride from the Seminary)

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3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22304  |  Phone: 703-370-6600 or 800-941-0083 | Employee Directory