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New students participate in either First Week (if beginning seminary in the Fall) or First Day (if beginning seminary in the Spring).
 
First Week is Orientation, Luther Seminary style. It includes three-and-a-half days of activities designed to introduce you to life at Luther Seminary.
 
First Week is an experience filled with community building, wrestling with new ideas and information sharing to support you as a student/scholar making the transition to theological education and Christian public leadership.
 
 
 
The Immunization Form is required of all students and must be completed by the end of your first semester.
 
DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE IMMUNIZATION FORM . Return the completed form to:
 
Student Affairs
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Ave. 
St. Paul, MN 55108
 
Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14) requires that all students born after 1956 and enrolled in a public or private post-secondary school in Minnesota be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella, allowing for certain specified exemptions. This form is designed to provide the school with the information required by the law and will be available for review by the Minnesota Department of Health and the local community health board.
Pictured ID cards are made for all registered students in the Student Affairs office (NW120).
They serve as:
  • Pictured identification,
  • Your library card to check out books, and
  • Dining service declining balance debit card.  Pre-pay a minimum of $25 in Dining Services or Business Office.
Replacement cards:
  • Cards lost or stolen have a $10 replacement fee, broken or damaged have a $2 replacement fee. Payment made in Business Office
  • Replacement cards available without a new photo from Student Affairs office
Students who are not regularly on campus:
  • DL students should get a photo ID card during their first intensive visit to campus
  • Part-time or commuter students should call Student Affairs office to make arrangements for a photo ID.  Non-regular hours are available at the beginning of each semester.
  • Or contact Student Affairs office for details of providing your own photo
Background checks are required of all students in every degree program by the end of their first semester.
 
There is more than one method to fulfill this requirement:
  • Ask your ELCA candidacy committee or denominational judicatory body to send a copy of a recent background check to Luther Seminary, Dean of Students office.
  • Complete a background check by logging into Oxford Document Management Company and following these instructions.  Costs for the background check will be added to the students business office account.
  • International Students:  Check with International Student Services or the Dean of Students office.  The requirement is typically, but not always, fulfilled by the process of gaining a student visa.
 
Workshops are required of every student in a every degree program.  They are offered at least once a year.  Documentation of successful participation is to be kept on file in the Dean of Students office
 
 
 
All full-time Luther Seminary students are required to have medical insurance. If you are not currently on a group plan you can register for student insurance.  We DO NOT automatically enroll students in the health insurance.
 
Students on a qualifying group plan should go to their site to waive the student medical insurance at no cost. 
 
Students taking less than a full-time course load and wishing to be on the insurance may enroll in a plan.
 
 

VISIT
The Student Affairs Office is located in Northwestern Suite 120.
 
CONNECT   
Contact Student Affairs Staff and participate in Student Groups 
 
GATHER
Join us in a community meal from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the Olson Campus Center.

A variety of counseling resources are available to you as a student. The most obvious ones are features of your life within the seminary community. The seminary pastor, your faculty mentor, and the staff of Student Affairs are available for conversations and consultations.
 
Additional counseling resources are also available to you through the professional services of counselors in the Twin Cities. As the Dean of Students, I want to encourage you to make use of such professionals when you are ready to address more complicated issues in your life as a seminarian. Tending to our health and wholeness as real human beings is a necessary asset for ministry.
 
Counselors are available throughout the Twin Cities. Several who take our seminarian health insurance are:
Interns and students at a distance may see a counselor where they live. Receipts for reimbursement of the out-of-pocket expense on a dollar-for-dollar basis (up to $300) may be submitted to the Dean of Students.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) walks students through all aspects of their studies here as well as upholding federal regulations. 
 
The ISSA office is committed to:
  • Identifying and walking with individuals for leadership development within the global church.
  • Providing advice on US federal regulations.
  • Monitoring and managing the Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS).
  • Allocating and arranging for financial support and scholarship.
  • Providing  housing, health, and academic assistance or encouragement.
  • Ensuring the implementation of official policy issues about international student and scholar concerns.
  • Overseeing all support, services, and relevant programs for international students and scholars.
Read brief biographies about some of Luther's international students/scholars.
Officially recognized student groups have rights to reserve rooms for meetings, arrange for display tables on campus, obtain some clerical support from the Student Affairs office and have their group listed in the Student Group Directory on Inside Luther and/or have a link to a website.