Since the Seminary is a traditional theological college, the primary requirement for admission is the applicant's sincere desire to serve the Orthodox Church. Only with this motivation will the applicant appreciate the opportunities for learning and growth offered by the Seminary.
Paper correspondence can be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
P.O. Box 36
Jordanville, N. Y. 13361
Telephone: (315) 858-0945
All applicants must be members of a canonical jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church.
All applicants to on-campus degree programs must be members of the Orthodox Church for a minimum of two years prior to enrollment, preferably in one parish.
Application Due Dates
A completed online application form for the Bachelor’s program and Certificate In Pastoral Studies with all required documents must be submitted by June 1; otherwise the application may be deferred until the following academic year. If any difficulty arises in obtaining the necessary documents, please do not hesitate to contact the admissions office.
Online applications for the Certificate of Theological Studies program must be submitted by August 1 and December 1 for the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Applications may be sent in early, but students may enter the program only at the beginning of the fall or spring semesters.
The decision of the Admissions Committee will be communicated to the applicant by email and regular mail.
At the beginning of the academic year all incoming (new) students must take an entrance examination. The entrance examination will assess the applicant's knowledge of specific subjects taught in the first and second years of Seminary. Exemption from certain courses will be determined entirely by the results of entrance exams and documents supplied by students. Students who have taken courses at other accredited institutions that correspond to courses offered at Holy Trinity Seminary must supply all relevant official transcripts to the Office of Admissions with their applications in order to transfer applicable credits. After completion of entrance exams students may be exempted from attending certain classes, at the discretion of the administration.
Foreign Student Visas
Applicants who reside outside the US will be sent all documents necessary to obtain a student visa. In order to gain entry to the United States, you will need
Without all of these documents, you may be denied entry into the United States. Tuition is due by August 1, preceding the academic year.
Note: If a scholarship is awarded to an incoming student, the total amount due will be reduced by the amount of the scholarship, and this will be reflected in the Populi invoice.
Transfer of Credits
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary can accept up to 60 credits toward a Bachelor of Theology degree at the discretion of the administration. If a student wishes to have credits transferred, an official transcript including course descriptions must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Course syllabi may be also requested by the Office of Admissions in order to evaluate course content. In assessing the transfer of credits, the unique mission of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary centered on the Orthodox Christian theological tradition will be considered normative in establishing equivalency. Only credits compatible with seminary courses will be considered for transfer, and counted towards a degree.
Language of Instruction
All subjects are conducted in English. It is not necessary to acquire a basic knowledge of Russian prior to entering the Seminary’s regular academic program, although it is very helpful. Russian Language studies assume no prior knowledge. Native speakers of Russian will be evaluated and placed accordingly. ESL instruction is available.
The Seminary cannot provide housing for married students. Students with families must obtain housing independently. An estimate of expenses for married students living off-campus is available on request.
Employment for Foreign Students
Those students who arrive on student visas must keep in mind that they are not permitted to hold outside employment (off-campus) while in the US except under special circumstances. Therefore they must be able to provide the necessary funds to cover all expenses, including medical care. It is required that students obtain medical coverage before arriving at the Seminary. The Monastery and Seminary are not responsible for students' personal expenses.
Participation in monastery obediences provide students with work experience which, in some cases, involves the learning of new skills which may be useful in future careers. Possibilities may include: iconography, icon mounting, publishing, library science, archival methods, bee-keeping, carpentry, book-binding, translating, assistant teaching, choir directing, and journalism. HTOS does not offer an option to pay for all expenses through an obedience at the monastery.
F-1 students have the option to apply for the Optional Practical Training program offered through SEVIS, which allows a full-time student to obtain salaried or hourly employment for up to one year in the student's field of study. The student must maintain full-time status as a student (on-campus only) during the time of employment OR he may work for up to one year after graduation. The seminary has no obligation to hire any student.