Admissions FAQs

Where is United Lutheran Seminary located?

United Lutheran Seminary is one seminary with two campuses.

Our Philadelphia campus is located in the historic and diverse Mt. Airy neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia. The campus is walking distance from multiple regional rail trains that can easily access Center City Philadelphia with connections to the Philadelphia International Airport.

Our Gettysburg campus is located in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Seminary is on the famous Civil War Battlefield and actually served as a hospital for soldiers during the battle.

What computer skills do I need before starting as a ULS student?

All students are required to have certain computer competencies before entering any ULS program. ULS IT staff will provide basic training on how to navigate the learning management system, Canvas, during orientation, but will NOT provide remedial computer training. Read the Computing Requirements policy (PDF).

Will I have to drive back and forth between Gettysburg and Philadelphia?

The programs and courses are designed in such a way that students are able to focus their studies to an individual campus. However, if students are interested in taking a course at the other location they are welcome to do so.

How many students are enrolled?

More than 400 students are currently enrolled across all degree and certificate programs on both campuses and within the distributed learning community.

Can I visit the campus?

Yes. Learn how you can visit a campus here.

Can I apply to the seminary before I complete my undergraduate degree?

If you are currently an undergraduate degree student in your final year, you can apply before you graduate. Please send us an official copy of your transcript(s) showing work completed. No student may start classes unless a final transcript has been received.

When is your application deadline?

Fall Application Submission deadline May 15th
Spring Application Submission deadline October 15


A Submitted Application, autobiographical essay, and application fee must be received by the Admissions Office no later than May 15th for the fall semester and October 15th for the spring semester. The Completed application including, transcripts, background check, and references all must be received by the Admissions Office no later than June 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for the spring semester. It is wise to apply at least six months prior to your intended start date. After you begin the application process as new materials arrive you will be regularly notified of your application status by email.

Admissions decisions are made by June 15th for fall and November 15th for spring.

Is on-campus housing available?

Yes. Whenever possible, full-time students, other than those on internship, are encouraged to take advantage of on-campus housing to facilitate their faith development within a community setting. Campus housing is available on both the Philadelphia and Gettysburg campus in a variety of forms.