the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Student Life

The purpose of Student Life at Southern is to encourage, equip, and care for the students of Southern Seminary outside the classroom. We accomplish this purpose by providing activities, events, and student organizations that provide a platform for students to connect, learn, and engage. We also provide help and care alongside students’ local churches in times of crisis. For Student Life updates, follow us on Twitter at @SBTSStudentLife.

SBTS Madness

SBTS Madness features several contests. We  have a “Tournament Challenge” and a “College Pick’ems” challenge. Awards will be awarded for both. And we are encouraging the entire seminary community to enter both contests.

Enter the tournament challenge by joining this group with the password “Southern”. Next is the College Pick’ems Challenge, in which you’ll make picks after each round of play. To enter the SBTS College Pick’ems Challenge, join this group with the password “boyce”.

The other competition for SBTS Madness is through the Admissions office. In this contest, faculty books are paired up with teams. For example Kingdom Through Covenant could be assigned to Michigan and Jesus or Nothing could be assigned to Arizona. If those teams were to play each other, the SBTS Admissions office would send out a tweet putting those books head-to-head. By retweeting that tweet, you will then be entered into the drawing for the winning book. So follow @SBTSadmissions and get ready to play!

Movie on the Lawn – Frozen

Bring the whole family out after finals because we’re partnering with Housing and Recreation to bring Frozen on the seminary lawn! We’ll show the movie in the J-Bowl on Friday, May 9 at 8 PM. We’ll have plenty of popcorn and popsicles for everyone, so come for a fun time of food and fellowship. Here is Dean of Students, Dr. Jeremy Pierre’s review of Frozen.

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The seminary community gathers to worship in Alumni Chapel on Tuesday and Thursday at ten o’clock, and all offices close. Boyce College conducts periodic chapels on Wednesday. Student-led prayer groups meet regularly. More Information →


Student Housing administers residence halls, with both single and double rooms for single students or married students not accompanied by families. Unfurnished apartments, one and two bedroom, may be rented. For students who commute during fall or spring semesters, bed space is available for 1-4 nights per week. More Information →

Ministry Opportunities

Student Organizations

Student Organizations strive to develop community, communication and spiritual growth within the institutional community. The policy manual for all student organizations is available from the Student Associate for Councils and Organizations, who supervises all official activity. More Information →

The Clyde T. Francisco Preaching Award

Every year, the Clyde T. Francisco Preaching Award recipient delivers the sermon at the final awards chapel. We are looking for qualified candidates to be this year’s award recipient. If you think you or someone you know might be qualified, please consider filling out the award application.

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The 1937 Project

The 1937 Project is an outreach project in which the entire seminary community comes together for one day to serve the city of Louisville through acts of service and evangelism. The name “The 1937 Project” was chosen for the purpose of remembering and honoring Southern Seminary’s critical role of service in the aftermath of the Great Flood of 1937.
During the flood, Southern Seminary students and faculty played a critical role in assisting the city of Louisville through numerous acts of service and evangelism. Seminary buildings were used to house flood victims and orphans, and the city mayor’s office used the President’s office for an extended period of time to conduct operations. On April 26, 2014, The 1937 Project volunteers will flood the streets of Louisville performing acts of service and sharing their faith throughout the city.

Read more here.

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That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.