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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
Due to circumstances caused by COVID-19, VTS is not currently offering on-campus visits for prospective students; however, please feel free to schedule a virtual visit with our Director of Admissions, Derek Greten-Harrison (admissions@vts.edu). The visit policy will be revised when it is deemed safe for both travelers and the VTS community.

Register for Fall Visit Day!

Join us for a virtual Fall Visit Day on Friday, November 13!


11:00 a.m. – Dean’s Welcome (The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.)
11:10 a.m. – Academics at VTS (The Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D.)
11:30 a.m. – Faculty Panel:
                The Rev. James W. Farwell, Ph.D.
                The Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams, Ph.D.
                The Rev. Mark Jefferson, Ph.D.
                Elisabeth M. Kimball, Ph.D.
                The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
                Hannah Matis, Ph.D.
                The Rev. Katherine Sonderegger, Ph.D.
12:15 p.m. – Intro to Worship at VTS (The Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes and Marty Wheeler Burnett, D.Min.)
12:30 p.m. – Living in Community at VTS (The Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D.)
12:45 p.m. – Student Panel

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. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Guest Houses are not open for stays.
    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. 

    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...

    Named to honor VTS’s founding year, 1823 offers a limited menu of good food, an extensive menu of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and varied programming.
    1823 is open Wednesday through Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to close.

    The Flamingo
    The Flamingo, our on-campus, student-run coffee shop, is where you may enjoy free drip coffee and tea or purchase snacks and espresso beverages.
    The Flamingo is located on the lower level of Addison Academic Center.

    The Coffield Refectory
    The Coffield Refectory, located adjacent to 1823, serves buffet-style meals to Seminary students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors. Refectory meal tickets are available for purchase.
  • 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 calendar to find an event that interests you.

    Seminary Events Calendar.

    Large 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)

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