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Although a visit to the School is not necessary for admission, it is often helpful in decision- making as applicants consider graduate theological study.  We are happy to welcome prospective students to the School; significant others, family, and friends are also welcome to visit with you.  There are two types of visitation days:  Catch-a-Glimpse days, which you can register for below, and individual visits, which you can arrange directly with the Admissions Office staff (sthadmis@bu.edu or 617-353-3036).  Either way, we try to make your visit helpful, memorable, and full of the hospitality that is characteristic of this seminary community. We look forward to meeting you!

Each academic year the Admissions Office hosts “Catch-A-Glimpse” days especially for prospective students in the Spring and Fall semesters.  Catch-a-Glimpse days offer the opportunity to visit classes, talk with faculty/students/staff, obtain information about financial aid/housing/life in Boston, meet other prospective students, tour the School, and meet with Admissions Office staff.  True to its name, “Catch-a-Glimpse” events allow visitors to live the life of a student for a day.  The goal is for each person to catch a glimpse of what it might be like to walk these halls on a more permanent basis.  If you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with an Admissions Officer on a Catch-a-Glimpse Days, please let the Admissions Office know (sthadmis@bu.edu or 617-353-3036).  Individual meetings are on a first-come, first-served basis, so please be in touch right away.

Upcoming Catch-a-Glimpse Visit Day:  Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

We welcome any prospective student to the School of Theology to visit us as part of a Catch-a-Glimpse event.  The day will begin at 9:30am in the School of Theology’s Admissions Office with a greeting and orientation to the day with the STH Admissions Office staff.  From there we will attend Chapel, lunch with current students, followed by an afternoon Q&A with the Admissions Office and the chance to greet faculty.  The afternoon schedule will include an opportunity to meet individually with the Admissions Office staff (if you choose).

You may register to attend the Catch-a-Glimpse event using the form below, or by contacting the School of Theology Admissions Office directly (sthadmis@bu.edu or 617-353-3036).

Catch-A-Glimpse Visit Day Registration

Please use this form to register for our upcoming Catch-a-Glimpse events. If you would prefer to register by email or phone, please contact the School of Theology's Admissions Office at sthadmis@bu.edu or 617-353-3036. Thank you!
  • Tell us a little something about yourself. You might want to include information about your theological study interests, intended date of application, denominational affiliation, or any other information you think might help us customize your visit to the Boston University School of Theology. Also, if you have any specific requests with regard to your visit, please let us know.

If the date of Catch-a-Glimpse is not convenient for you, most of the above activities can also be accomplished in an individual visit.

You are welcome to visit the School any time the University is open.  The University is closed at night, on weekends, for all national holidays, and between Christmas Eve Day and New Year’s Day.  The University is open during the summer; however, the School’s summer classes (from May to July) are very limited, and there are no classes offered by the School from July 4 through Labor Day.  Please contact the office to see if classes are in session when you plan to visit.

Life in the Admissions Office is very active, and often staff time is booked ahead.  In order to make the best use of your time, please contact us prior to your arrival at the School.

Certain considerations may help you to decide when in particular you would like to visit:

  1. Most of the core required courses for the Master’s level degree programs meet Tuesday through Thursday in the morning, beginning at 9 AM.  Doctoral courses are more distributed throughout the day and week.
  2. On Wednesday at 11 AM there is a community worship service that all visitors are welcome to attend.
  3. On Wednesdays at Noon there is Community Lunch:  a meal sponsored free-of-charge by one of the School’s student organizations.  Speakers offer information and discussion on a topic of current interest during the meal.  Prospective students are welcome to enjoy lunch with the community.

Campus Visit Request Form

If you are unable to attend a Catch-a Glimpse event, we are happy to help you plan an individual visit to the School of Theology. Provide us with some basic information below and a member of our staff will be in touch with you soon to help create a custom visit to fit your interests. If you have any questions about visiting, please contact the School of Theology's Admissions Office at sthadmis@bu.edu or 617-353-3036. Thank you!
    Please note that not all of these options will be available every visit day. Summer visits are particularly limited in terms of available classes and faculty conversations, but prospective students are still very welcome to visit. We try to make every visit as helpful and informative as possible.
  • Tell us a little something about yourself. You might want to include information about your theological study interests, intended date of application, denominational affiliation, or any other information you think might help us customize your visit to the Boston University School of Theology. Also, if you have any specific requests with regard to your visit, please let us know.

There are many places to stay during your visit to Boston University. We recommend:

Hotel Buckminster

Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square
645 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 236-7050
bostonhotelbuckminster.com

Located within walking distance of Boston University School of Theology.

“This 95-year-old Boston institution is located in the heart of Kenmore Square — close to Fenway Park and Boston University. The European-style decor provides an Old World flavor, but not without modern amenities. Ninety-four rooms, available in single and double occupancy, adjoin newly renovated baths. For those who like to spread out, bedroom suites feature separate living rooms. Each room is equipped with an entertainment center and phone, while a gracious lobby offers a comfortable place to meet with associates or to read the newspaper. A Pizzeria Uno and neighborhood eateries provide on-site dining options.” – digitalcity.com

The Walker Center

This is an ecumenical conference center with a bed-and-breakfast component.  While it is about 45 minutes from the School by subway, it is located in a very pleasant area and the rate is very inexpensive, especially by Boston-area standards.  Many of our students live at the Center, so there may be opportunity to meet some of them.  You can contact the Center at (617)969-3919 or at reservations@walkerctr.org See also: Walker Center

Other Accommodations

A list of other accommodations can be found here.