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:
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
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.
Click here to login to SBTS Student Email
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.
Click here to fill out the Information Form
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).
Wondering what classes you should take?
Our degrees 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 Elementary Greek before Greek Syntax). Some good classes to begin with include: Hermeneutics, Intro to New/Old Testament, and Systematic Theology. If you would like to receive guidance on course selection, contact the Center for Student Success.
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.
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.
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.
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). While you are able to purchase your textbooks wherever you prefer, the Bookstore at Southern offers online ordering and purchasing of textbooks and is integrated with Canvas so it’s easy to find your books. (In Canvas, click on “Bookstore.”)
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!
View our New Student FAQ’s (below) or click here to view contact information for important campus offices.
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.
Southern Seminary offers multiple ways to inform and assist you in your transition to theological education through our informational webinars (optional) or New Student Orientation (required).
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Spring 2021 orientation program has moved fully online to Canvas. New on-campus students will be automatically enrolled in the Canvas Course “SBTS Orientation.” Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who: 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.
When: August 12, 2021. Childcare options will be available. Full schedule will be available mid-summer.
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.
Registration for Fall 2021 Orientation will be available in the late spring of 2021.
Available sessions at 3:30 pm (ET): Tuesday, January 26th | Wednesday, April 21st | Wednesday, June 23rdRegister Now
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 for Summer or Fall 2021 studies. We will cover financial aid, housing, and job information, plus answer your questions about transitioning to campus for your studies.
Available sessions at 4:00 pm (ET): Thursday, January 28th | Wednesday, March 31st | Wednesday, May 26thRegister Now
New online students are invited to this optional information session, designed as a supplement for orientation and hosted by staff of our Global Campus.
See below for important academic and payment deadlines.
|January 22nd||SBTS New Student Orientation|
|January 25th||Spring on-campus classes begin|
|February 1st||Spring 1 online classes begin|
|February 5th||Tuition payment due for spring main campus & S1 online courses.
Payments made through my.sbts.edu “Account Information” tab.
|March 29th –
|Spring Break (no classes)|
|April 5th||Spring 2 online classes begin|
|April 9th||Tuition payment due for Spring 2 online courses|
|May 3rd – 7th||SBTS final exams|
|May 31st||Courses Begin|
|July 12-23||D.Min./D.Ed.Min. Seminars|
|July 16-24||EdD/DMiss Seminars|
|July 19-23||ThM Seminars|
|August 2nd||Online Fall Term A Begins|
|August 9-13th||GRS & FTS Courses (PhD, DMiss, EdD students only)|
|August 12th||New Student Orientation|
|August 16th||On-Campus Courses Begin|
|October 4-8th||Fall Reading Days (No classes)|
|October 4th||Online Fall Term B Begins|
|Nov. 19-20, 22-23||Final Exams (On Campus)|
From orientation to graduation, The Center for Student Success is your source for academic and personal support at Southern Seminary.
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.
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.
If you are an International Student, meet with an advisor for admission, immigration and cross-cultural adjustment–related questions.
If you are a student with disabilities, meet with an advisor who will work with you to facilitate classroom and academic accommodations.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 serves students and student families through the distribution of free used clothing, shoes, household goods and furniture. Learn more.
Below you’ll find contact information for important campus offices. Most are open 8 am – 4:30 pm (EST).