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Welcome to the Southern Seminary family! We are so excited you have chosen SBTS as your home for ministry training. This page exists to provide guidance for next steps, campus services, and common questions.

Further questions can be directed to the Office of Admissions:


Next Steps

1) Set-up your Southern Profile

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.
Click here to set-up your SBTS Profile

2) Check your student e-mail

Included in your initial student login e-mail from Admissions will be your student e-mail address ( It will be important to check this e-mail often as it is the institution’s primary means of communicating with students.
Click here to set-up your SBTS Student Email

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 While you are there go ahead and familiarize yourself with MySBTS and what is available.
Click here to fill out the Information Form

4) Register for Classes in April (for Summer/Fall classes) or November (for Winter/Spring classes)

Class registration is completed through your my.sbts account. Click here to access our registration help page. Note that course registration for New Students opens in April (for Summer & Fall), or November (for Winter & Spring).

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 help guide PDF

  • 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 (more information here). Online students should complete Online Orientation as soon as they have registered for courses.

7) Complete Ministry Safe Training

MinistrySafe is training that was created specifically to assist organizations with developing practices and policies that help to protect children from sexual abuse. Developed by lawyers Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris, the training provides awareness to the signs of sexual abuse and to the laws related to sexual abuse. The training is required for all SBTS students before they graduate. Click here to view FAQ & instructions for Ministry Safe.

8) Login to Canvas, review syllabi and textbook lists

Once you have registered for classes through my.sbts, login to your Canvas account to access your course syllabus (which will list required textbooks for the course). You are able to purchase your textbooks wherever you prefer, but keep in mind that our Bookstore at Southern offers price-matching for online retailers.

9) Join the Southern Seminary Community Facebook Group

If you have a Facebook account, we invite you to join the Southern Seminary Community Facebook Group where you can connect with over 2,000 current and future students to ask questions about housing and employment, or get advice from other students about studying at SBTS!

Have further questions?

View our New Student FAQ’s (below) or click here to view contact information for important campus offices.

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.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is designed to equip you for success during your time as a student at Southern Seminary.

Fall 2020 Orientation – August 14th, 2020

Who: All new residential M.A., M.Div., or Diploma students, students moving from online to residential, graduates of Boyce College beginning an on-campus masters program, and new main campus students who entered in the winter term are required to attend new student orientation.

When: August 14, 2020. Childcare options are available.

Other details: Students and their families will need to book their own hotel arrangements for Orientation.

Students commuting to campus from outside of Louisville: 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.

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Academic Calendar & Important Dates

See below for important academic and payment deadlines.

Spring 2020

January 17th SBTS New Student Orientation
January 21st Spring on-campus classes begin
February 3rd Spring 1 online classes begin
February 4th Tuition payment due for spring main campus & S1 online courses.
Payments made through “Account Information” tab.
March 30th –
April 3rd
Spring Break (no classes)
April 6th Spring 2 online classes begin
April 13th Tuition payment due for Spring 2 online courses
13th – 16th
Spring reading days (no classes)
May 4th – 8th SBTS final exams

Summer 2020

June 1st Classes begin
June 5th Tuition payment due for summer courses (or first day of class, whichever comes first)

Fall 2020

August 3rd Fall 1 online classes begin
August 14th New Student Orientation
August 17th Fall on-campus classes begin
September 2nd Tuition payment due for Fall 1 online and on-campus courses
Sep 28 – Oct 2 Fall Reading Days (no classes)
October 5th Fall 2 online classes begin
October 12th Tuition payment due for Fall 2 courses
Nov. 20-21, 23-24 Final Exams

* The 2020-2021 Academic Calendar will be released in full during Spring 2020.

Click here to view the full 2019-2020 Academic Calendar (PDF)

Center for Student Success

From orientation to graduation, The Center for Student Success is your source for academic and personal support at Southern Seminary.

Services from the Center for Student Success

Academic Advising

Discuss your academic goals with an advisor and plan out your class schedule. Phone advising is available for off-campus students. Our office also provides advanced placement exams and processes course substitutions.


The Writing Center

Receive writing assistance and improve your academic writing skills with writing staff members. Questions and papers can be submitted to The Writing Center for review.


International Student Services

If you are an International Student, meet with an advisor for admission, immigration and cross-cultural adjustment–related questions.


Assistance for Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with disabilities, meet with an advisor who will work with you to facilitate classroom and academic accommodations.


Ministry Connections

Access the Ministry Connections network to find ministry opportunities and meet with our Ministry Connections specialist for resume advice and how to prepare for interviews.


Campus Resources

Southern Seminary is not only a wonderful place to study, it’s a wonderful place to live and work! Check out the many resources and services our campus provides students.

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.


Campus Technology

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.


Campus Clinic

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.


SBTS Bookstore

The official bookstore of Southern Seminary. The bookstore carries all required textbooks for SBTS classes and more! Click here to learn more and view hours of operation.

Dining Services

The Dining Hall and Founder’s Cafe provide a variety of food and beverage services for campus. Special orders, grab-and-go, and made-to order items are provided. Learn more.

Print & Mail Shop

The print shop offers high quality printing services, while our mail room offers the convenience of a fully functioning post office on the SBTS campus. Learn more.

The Southern Exchange

The Southern Exchange serves students and student families through the distribution of free used clothing, shoes, household goods and furniture. Learn more.

Online Campus Store

Order official SBTS and Boyce College merchandise through our online campus store. Click here to view.

Contact Information

Below you’ll find contact information for important campus offices. Most are open 8 am – 4:30 pm (EST).



Academic Records

Academic Records Website


My.SBTS Accounting Portal

Campus Police

Campus Police Website

Campus Technology

Campus Tech Webpage

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Webpage

Health & Rec Center

HRC Webpage

Online Learning


Student Housing

(502) 897-4203
Housing Website