Ranging in age from 22 to 70 and representing over 40 faith traditions, our student body is the most diverse and inclusive anywhere. Religiously curious and passionately compassionate, our students create a provocative yet nurturing community here in the heart of Chicago.
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Student and Campus Life

CTS is not just a seminary, it is a community – a living, breathing, organic community. Whether you join a student organization, attend a worship service in person or online, share a post or encourage a classmate on CTS Connect, community life is a major part of the CTS experience.

Community life is where learning intersects with living. It is where faith, whatever that may be for you, begins to shape into praxis.  The CTS experience is more than academic, it is the relationships we build with one another and how we learn from each other, within the context of our CTS community and the world at large.

3L5A3633Our students meet, bond, challenge and grow with one another at a number of intersections. There’s Weekly Chapel Services and Community Lunch. There is Online Worship and CTS Connect where students from all over gather in virtual community spaces of worship, fellowship and care. There are Town Hall Meetings where the entire community can exchange ideas and concerns. We host Fireside Chats, where religious and community leaders share their personal stories of self-formation and professional development. And, of course, there are the popular Fall and Spring Fests:  times of fun for all!

Upon entering CTS, students receive advisors for academic, social and spiritual support, as well as a Peer Mentor who will guide you through your first semester. A housing coordinator is available to help find affordable accommodations. Students can learn about opportunities for jobs, internships, fellowships, and scholarships to help with financial needs and career development.  A variety of student organizations have been formed to help students acclimate and develop areas in areas of common interest. Our Director of Community Life is just one of the many staff and community members available to talk with students as discern their future plans.  

Explore this section to get a fuller sense of community support here at CTS. We hope these services enrich the experiences of both present and prospective students.