Welcome to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia!
On behalf of the Enrollment Services staff, we are excited to have you as a part of this community and we pray that this new beginning is a positive experience. In order to assist you in your transition, this page has been designed to provide you with a lot of important information. Among the various links and forms you will find the 2014 student check list to help you get ready for your first semester. Ultimately it is your responsibility to make sure that you are prepared to begin work at the seminary, but we understand that this kind of preparation can be overwhelming at times. We encourage you to check out each of the links in order to get a total picture of the resources available to you as a new student. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us right away. And again, welcome to LTSP and may you be richly blessed by your time in this community!
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath
Coordinator of Student Services
Registration Hints for Fall 2014
You’re admitted. And committed.
Registration is open.
Now what are you supposed to do?
First of all, give the Registrar’s pages another good read. There is a lot of information and when you’re new it can be a lot to absorb. Also, make sure you haven’t missed any of her emails in your ltsp.edu mailbox. After that, your first question may be, “Who’s Henry?”
Henry is the seminary’s website used for registration, grade posting, and billing. By now you should have received your Henry ID and password from the IT Department. If you have not received this information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can login to Henry by going to henry.ltsp.edu. You should have also received a letter from Student Services telling you the name of your Academic Advisor. This faculty member will assist you in choosing your courses and will provide you with the PIN number you will need in order to complete your online registration.
The Catalog Registration Supplement includes a section that outlines the classes that categories of students are normally expected to take, along with details about degree requirements. Since the curriculum is meant to be flexible, there is not a set order for taking classes and there are few prerequisites. In other words you don’t need to have completed the course on the Pentateuch in order to take a class on the Prophets. Having said that, we do have suggestions you might want to consider.
Register for SGN100, Introduction to Public Theology. This course is designed to be the first class you take. It is a great foundational theology course, plus you will get to meet other students who are just starting at LTSP. IPT will be led this year by Dr. Jon Pahl. [Please note: this course must be completed before you can continue beyond 10 credit units. It is only offered in the Fall Semester.]
Will you find it more helpful to take a Biblical Course and/or theology course prior to taking integrative courses such as Preaching or Christian Education? This is a good question to discuss with your advisor. If you are a part time student we suggest that in addition to IPT you consider another required core course.
If you have questions, please contact the Registrar, René Diemer at 215.248.6305 or email her at email@example.com. If Ms. Diemer is unavailable, you can also call Enrollment Services at 215.248.6302 or Student Services at 215.248.6312.
Student Health Insurance Information
All students taking 2.5 credits or more in a semester (including students on internship) are required to carry health insurance. Students must participate in the student health insurance plan, unless you can show proof of comparable coverage or better. For more information, check out Health Insurance or visit the EIIA Seminary Student Insurance Plan Website.
The Abundant Life Student Advising Center (ALSAC) would like to inform all students that the cost of the Seminary Student Health Plan is rising by 25% in 2014. With that in mind, we strongly encourage you to research alternative health insurance plans that are available through the U.S. Government’s Health Insurance Marketplace. If you choose to waive the Student Insurance Plan, you must do so by the September 15th deadline. Simply go to the EIIA website. Follow the prompts and post your answers. The information will then be sent to LTSP. Before logging on to waive coverage you will need your student ID number, insurance name, phone number, ID number, group number and effective date of coverage. You may locate your student ID number on the Henry online system or contact ALSAC at Center@ltsp.edu.
This is a process that all students are required to do once a year. If you have any questions please contact the Business Office.
Financial Aid Information Especially for New Students
The deadline for the Fall Semester is April 15; accepting until June 30 for new students (preference is given to students who apply early.)
Initial Student Aid Support offers are made by letter to newly admitted students. Formal electronic award processing happens after commitment by the entering student. In mid-July, Award Letters are put up on our Henry Intranet site for your access, and acceptance or decline is required.
- Apply for LTSP Student Aid Assistance and any Federal aid programs using BOTH the LTSP Financial Aid Application AND the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.gov)
- If you intend to borrow on the Federal Direct Student Loan program, sign a Master Promissory Note for Graduate Unsubsidized Loans at www.studentloans.gov AND complete Entrance Counseling for Graduate Students at www.studentloans.gov
Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program:
- Check your award letter to confirm that you have been approved for Federal Work Study.
- Job listings will be available mid-August and posted on the Enrollment Services Bulletin board in the Mailroom.
- Obtain a job application (Enrollment Services) and complete for each job sought after. Send the application to the Enrollment Services Office. (Do not send to the job supervisor).
- We will send your application to the appropriate supervisor.
- The supervisor will contact you directly if she/he desires an interview.
- Once hired you will need to pick up a Federal Work Study folder from Enrollment Services and make an appointment with Lisa Hutchinson in Human Resources. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-248-6393)
- NOTE: AN AWARD OF FEDERAL WORK STUDY DOES NOT GUARANTEE A WORK STUDY JOB. We have limited funding for this program and jobs go quickly. If you are not hired for a Federal Work Study job, other opportunities are presented to the office and we will send out email blasts to all students.
If you have questions, please contact:
Elizabeth Brunton, Financial Aid Director
Brossman Center 2nd Floor, Enrollment Services
215-248-6301 (on campus dial 6301)
215-248-7315 Fax Number
LTSP is committed to providing an environment in which all students have full access to educational opportunities and community life. To provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students with either short or long-term disabilities, documented evidence of the disability and of the required accommodation is needed. To begin the accommodation process, students should complete the Disability Self-Identification Form. The Coordinator of Student Services works in collaboration with the student and the faculty to determine specific accommodations.
It is required that all students have regular access to appropriately equipped computers; therefore, it is strongly advised that all students purchase computer systems (laptops preferred) and software according to the suggested guidelines found in the Student Handbook. Students may include computer hardware and software expenses in the cost of attendance for purposes of seeking financial aid and/or student loans.
The Bible Studies faculty requires all students to use bible software as part of their studies; either Accordance or BibleWorks. NO OTHER PROGRAMS ARE ACCEPTABLE FOR GRADUATE LEVEL BIBLICAL STUDIES. Information for ordering at a reduced price will be provided at the start of the fall term.
All students are required to have a student photo ID. Enrollment Services will send an email at the beginning of each semester with information on having your ID photo taken. If you have questions, please contact Student Services.
Students who intend to park on campus need to register their vehicles with the Security Department. Please complete the Vehicle Registration Form and return it to the main security desk in The Brossman Center upon your arrival. The annual vehicle registration fee of $40 will be charged to your student account each semester.
All students are assigned a campus mailbox by which to receive campus communications and returned course papers. Please check with the mailroom for your mailbox number and key. The mailroom is on the first floor of the Brossman Center. If you are a part-time or evening student, you may need to make arrangements to receive your mailbox assignment and key.
Email Accounts, Moodle Accounts, Henry Student Web Portal
All students will be assigned and are required to use an LTSP email account. Your email address and password information will be emailed to you once your Acceptance and Commitment Letter is received. Important information from faculty and administrative offices is sent to this address, and you are responsible for all communications sent to your email address. Your email and password will also give you access to the Henry system (student account information) and to the Moodle course management system.
Note that your professor determines when to open the Moodle site for any individual course. You will receive an email notification when a course site is open in Moodle – you do not need to check with the help desk if you do not see a course you are enrolled in on your Moodle list. Also, drop/add changes take several days after you have submitted a drop/add to the Registrar before they are reflected in Moodle.
You will find more information about LTSP email, Henry, Moodle, and other computing issues on the Information Systems Web pages. Please contact the Help Desk – helpdesk.Ltsp.edu/rt (log in using your LTSP email username/password) or email email@example.com – if you need assistance accessing your email account, Moodle (course / class information), or the Henry system.
The Student Handbook is available here. Please download a copy and keep it with your records.
On Wednesdays the community gathers for lunch in the Lull Lounge. Meals may be purchased at a cost of $6.50. A weekly email is sent out so that interested persons can pre-order his or her meal. Students may charge lunch to their student account. Those wishing to bring a sack lunch on Wednesdays are welcome to do so.
Campus Life Information
For questions regarding Campus Life Information, please contact Enrollment Services at 215-248-6302.
Worship and Community Activities / Groups
A variety of worship opportunities are available throughout the week. Worship schedules may be found on the Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel portion of our website.
Other Ways You Can Prepare for Seminary
- Review your English grammar. If you’ve been out of the classroom for a while or if you are taking a language in the coming semester, reviewing your English grammar can be especially useful.
- Brush up on your writing skills. Being able to write a clear and critical paragraph is an important skill for seminary. We suggest reading The Seminary Student Writes by Deborah Core, published by Chalic Press. Also helpful for correctly making citations is A Manual for Style by Kate Turabian, the 8th edition.
- Make sure your denomination and congregation know you are going to seminary. If you have not already contacted your denominational offices and your home congregation, now is the time to do so. First, they can support you in a variety of ways including prayer and good wishes. Second, if you are seeking ordination there will be processes to complete with denomination.
- Read Scripture The Biblical instructors at LTSP have chosen The New Revised Standard Version to be used in classes. The Harper Collins Study Bible is a solid choice for an NRSV annotated Bible.
- Spend time in prayer and worship.
- Engage in conversation about vocation and discernment with those who are or have been in seminary or those who have been mentors to you.
- Take time to do the things you enjoy Take time to visit with family and friends. If there is an opportunity to take a retreat or vacation, pursue it! Read for fun. Go to the movies. Relax a little before you begin this new adventure.
- When applicable, begin to make arrangements for your new schedule: moving, change of address, car insurance/ registration, childcare, etc. Below are some web resources that will help you get started.