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Student Orientation

Welcome to CTS! We understand serious theological study can be challenging. So we try to make it as easy and comfortable as possible. We are excited to welcome our new students to this vibrant learning community. As with any new endeavor there are a number of things you must do get started. This site is designed as a central repository of all the information you receive and may need to access during the orientation process. Refer to it as often as you need to in order to complete your necessary tasks, and later as a point of reference to anything you may forget along the way.

Orientation Contacts

Here are some contacts and resources to help you with your transition. If you have questions about the information listed, or about Orientation in general, feel free to contact us.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Faculty Assistant and Housing Coordinator:  Malene will help ease your transition into your new role as student at CTS, taking care of much of the paperwork involved in your enrollment process.  Besides keeping track of your student forms, she is also this summer's Housing Coordinator.  Contact Malene for advice about where to live, how to find housing, and where to stay in Chicago while you're visiting potential housing sources.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Director of Community Life—Contact Lisa with questions about Orientation events and Community Life at CTS in general.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Assistant Dean for Academic Administration—You may also contact Emily with questions about Orientation events, the status of your student record, and (when the time comes) questions about academic advising and faculty resources.

You can find other contact information for important staff and faculty in the Orientation newsletters and on our staff directory.

Orientation Checklist

If you have not already completed the steps outlined in your initial email, please follow the checklist below to complete them now. (For detailed instructions on how to complete any of the steps please reference Orientation Instructions.)

A. Steps to Follow

1. Access your CTS username and password sent via email
2. Fill out and return the New Student Information Form and return to Elena Jimenez @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:
3. Access your CTS email
4. Forward your CTS email to your personal email account (optional)
5. Access Moodle: http://ctsonline.mrooms.net/
6.  Fill out and return the Immunization Form
7. Send your passport size photo for your CTS ID card to Faculty Assistant, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637
8. Email your government ID to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
9.  Complete your CTS T-shirt order form
10.  If you haven't already done so, be sure to follow CTS on social media-- just click on the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram icons in the top right hand corner of this webpage.

B. Important Information

1. Financial Aid Information - If you want to use federal student loans (Direct Loans) in the upcoming year to help with your seminary expenses, download the CTS Student Loan Fact Sheet (PDF). This fact sheet explains the federal student loan program at CTS and explains the necessary steps to arrange student loans. Contact Howard Nelson (773) 896-2412 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions

C. Mark Your Calendar & Register

1. New Student Orientation Retreat: September 3-4, 2015 – the Orientation Retreat is required for all Face-to-Face students and highly recommended for online students. We have found that students who attend orientation get off to a faster and more productive start to their seminary journey! Housing is available. Meals during the retreat are provided.
2. Retreat Registration: Click Here to register
3. WebEx Meeting: September 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th - Register here

Orientation Newsletter Archive

CTS New Student Orientation newsletters available for your reference:

Orientation Newsletter - June 2015

Orientation Newsletter - July 2015