You're in! Welcome to the SBTS family.
We are so excited you have chosen Southern Seminary as your home for ministry training. This page exists to provide guidance for next steps, campus services, and common questions.
Welcome to your home for ministry training
1) Set-up your Southern Profile & Review your Acceptance Letter
Upon your acceptance, you should have received an e-mail from Admissions with your Student ID and Student Username. Using that information, you will need to set-up your Southern Profile at the link below. In addition, make sure you review your acceptance letter (if you haven’t already) for important information about your admission.
If you cannot locate the email with your ID and username, or if you have yet to view your acceptance letter, you can find this information on your application portal.
2) Check your student e-mail (gmail.com)
Included in your initial student login e-mail from Admissions will be your student e-mail address (email@example.com). It will be important to check this e-mail often as it is the institution’s primary means of communicating with students. You will login to this email using the password you set-up in step #1.
3) Fill out the Student Information Form
Before you can register for classes, you must fill out the student information form. Below is a link to this form that is on My.sbts.edu. While you are there go ahead and familiarize yourself with MySBTS and what is available. The form asks for your anticipated graduation date – simply put your best estimate as to when you will graduate. For new students, this date may be flexible.
4) Register for Classes in March (for Fall/Winter classes) or October (for Spring/Summer classes)
Class registration is completed through your my.sbts account. Click here to access our registration help page. Note that course registration opens on March 31 (for Fall & Winter), or October 31 (for Spring & Summer). You will only be able to register for courses that match the location you applied for (ex: Main Campus or Internet).
Wondering what classes you should take?
Our programs at SBTS do not have a set course track. Instead, you are able to take whatever courses you prefer at any time, pending pre-requisite requirements (Ex: You must take Beginning Greek before Greek Syntax). Some good classes to begin with include: Intro to New Testament, Intro to Old Testament, and Systematic Theology.
If you would like to receive guidance on course selection, contact the Center for Student Success.
5) Familiarize yourself with Canvas and My.SBTS
As a student, you will utilize your My.SBTS account. You will also have access to your “Canvas” account, which is the portal through which you will interact with your courses. You will only be able to access Canvas once you have registered for classes through my.sbts. Below is a brief description of what each portal provides:
Only available to students once they have registered for courses.
- View course syllabi and textbook lists
- Interact with your courses (upload assignments, download files, etc.)
- Communicate with professors
- Register for classes
- View and pay tuition
- View campus directory
- Complete MinistrySafe
6) Register for New Student Orientation (main campus) or complete Online Orientation (online/distance students).
Main campus students should register for New Student Orientation (see “Orientation” tab) . Online students should complete Online Orientation as soon as they have registered for courses.
Online students are also invited to one of our incoming student webinars, designed as a supplement for orientation specifically for incoming online students to Southern Seminary and hosted by staff of our Global Campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
As a newly accepted student, we know you have questions about your next steps, relocating to Louisville, and registering for courses. Check out the categories below to find answers to common questions.
Upon your admission, you should have received an e-mail from the Admissions Office with your student ID and e-mail address. You can also access your ID on your application portal. If you have not received this e-mail or can’t find it, contact Admissions at 502-897-4200 and we would be happy to help!
To set-up your student account (access to Canvas & My.SBTS) click here. You’ll need your student ID in order to complete this step.
Your transfer credit will typically be evaluated within 3 weeks of your admission to SBTS, pending the receipt of official transcripts from your transfer institutions. (It may take longer for evaluations near the beginning of the Fall and Spring terms)
Orientation is required for all new main campus students and is held at the beginning of the Fall & Spring semester. Scroll to the “Orientation” section of this page for more information. Online students are not required to visit Louisville, but are encouraged to complete Online Orientation.
Click here to view the course registration webpage. The registration process will take place through my.sbts.edu. You will then view syllabi, course calendars, required textbooks, assignments, and due dates through Canvas.
Masters and Diploma students are able to sign up for any course that is part of their program, as long as there are no pre-requisites for the course.
There is no set order that you need to take your courses, but if you have further questions please contact the Center for Student Success.
Registration opens on the following dates for the listed terms:
- Spring/Summer – October 31
- Fall/Winter – March 31
Click here to view the full academic calendar and specific start dates.
Your tuition, fees, and housing (if applicable) costs will appear on your my.sbts “Account Information” page in the weeks leading up to the start of classes.
Spring ’24 New Student Orientation
Friday, January 19, 2024 from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Students who are newly admitted to study on the Louisville campus, or who are moving from online to on-campus studies are expected to attend New Student Orientation.
Unless relocating to Louisville, students taking modular or evening classes are only required to attend Orientation if they live within a 1 hour driving radius of campus.
In this section: Informational Webinars | Academic Calendar | Academic Support | Campus Technology
“Making it Work” – Moving to on-campus Studies
Whether you are just beginning courses, or have been an online student with SBTS in the past, join us for this informational webinar on moving to Louisville. We will cover financial aid, housing, and job information, plus answer your questions about transitioning to campus for your studies. View upcoming dates & register below.
Incoming Online Students: Tips & Tricks for Success
New online students are invited to these optional information sessions held multiple times throughout the year and designed as a supplement for orientation and hosted by staff of our Global Campus.
Academic Calendar & Important Dates
Winter 2024 – Summer 2024
|Dec. 4||Online winter term begins|
|Jan. 19||Seminary Orientation|
Main Campus Students only
|Jan. 22||Spring on-campus classes begin|
|Feb. 5||Online spring term A begins|
|April 1-5||Spring reading days (no classes)|
|April 8||Online spring term B begins|
|June 3||Online summer term begins|
The Center for Student Success
From orientation to graduation, The Center for Student Success is your source for academic and personal support at Southern Seminary.
- Academic Advising
- The Writing Center
- International Student Services
- Assistance for Students with Disabilities
- Office of Career Development
- Lanuage Tutoring
The Office of Campus Technology is responsible for the technology needs on campus. Including e-mail accounts, my.sbts/Canvas help, and more. Click below to learn how you can download Office 365 for free as a SBTS student.Learn More
Health & Rec Center
The state-of-the-art Health & Rec Center provides a broad range of activities, classes and facilities in a full-service center – including fitness classes, intramurals, children’s & family programs, and more.
The clinic functions as an Urgent Care Clinic, but also does wellness check-ups and physicals for children, (school, sports), and physicals for adults who need them for employment, school, or adoption. Annual women’s exams (with optional labs) are also available.
Bookstore at Southern
The Bookstore at Southern is one of the largest theological bookstores in North America, plus carries all required books for SBTS classes.
As an accepted student, you can find additional information for all campus services and student life on inside.sbts.edu.Launch inside.sbts