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Degree-Seeking, Certificate, and Visiting Students;
On-Campus and Distance Learners

Please note: Not all programs require the same preparation. Please read your admissions letter and the information in each step carefully.

1. Activate Your North Park Network Account

Before you do anything else, activate your North Park network account. This account will allow you to pay your tuition deposit and then continue on with important tasks like course and housing registration and setting up a North Park email address. You will need your student ID number in order to begin the set-up process; this was included in your acceptance materials.

If you have any questions about the process, contact Information Technology by email or by phone at (773) 244-5540.

2. Pay Your Tuition Deposit

Your tuition deposit confirms that you have accepted our offer of admission and plan to attend North Park Theological Seminary. Your offer of admission is for a specific start term (though you may petition to defer your start term to a later one). Failure to enroll in the term for which you are accepted without a deferral will result in the cancellation of your admission offer and of any financial aid or scholarship awards from North Park.

Learn how to pay your deposit. You will not be able to register for classes or apply for campus housing until you have paid your tuition deposit.

3. Check Your North Park Email Account

After you have set up your network account and paid your tuition deposit, your North Park email account will be activated. Throughout your time as a Seminary student, email will be the primary mode of communication to you, and all official North Park email will go to your North Park email account. You are responsible for making sure it is set up and then checking it on a regular basis. (You can set your account to redirect to a secondary address if you wish.)

4. Register for Classes

New students are registered by the Office of Seminary Academic Services, based on your course preferences. To create your preferred schedule, please refer to the curriculum for your specific program and to the upcoming semester’s schedule. Send your preferences for the first term by email to semacademicserv@northpark.edu with the following information:

  • Name
  • Student ID number
  • Course titles and section numbers (e.g., MNST 0500-01)

We strongly recommend you read the suggested course sequence for your chosen program and discuss it with an advisor in consideration; these are designed to help you complete your program in the most efficient and effective timeline. If you have advising questions, contact Seminary Academic Services by email at semacademicserv@northpark.edu or by phone at (773) 244-6217.

5. Apply for Financial Aid

Certificate Students

Complete the Seminary Financial Aid Form to be considered for available financial aid.

Master's Degree Students

Domestic students who want to be considered for scholarships or need-based financial aid (grants) must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is also required to be eligible for federal Stafford Loans. North Park’s school code is 001735.

Some Seminary scholarships require separate applications. Learn more.

International students should submit the International Student Financial Resources Form either via email or mail if they wish to be considered for North Park scholarships or grants. International students must also submit an affidavit of financial resources as a required part of the application for admission.

Please note that all qualified students are automatically awarded the merit-based Nyvall or Lund Scholarships (and a FAFSA or Financial Aid Form is not required for these awards).

Doctor of Ministry in Urban Ministry Leadership Students

You are eligible to participate in the Church Matching Grant program. Contact Seminary Admission for information on need-based grants that may be available.

Visiting Students

No financial aid is available for visiting students.

6. Submit Your Medical/Health Insurance Information

Students registered for six or more credits on the Chicago campus are required to carry health insurance. The Seminary automatically enrolls you in North Park's Student Health Insurance Program and bills you accordingly unless you opt for another insurance plan.

If you carry your own health plan, you must provide proof of insurance to the University on the appropriate timeline. If we receive verification of personal insurance by the required deadline each year, the automatic charge for institutional insurance will be removed from your bill. You can use a simple online form—available beginning June 1, 2014, for fall—to provide your insurance verification.

Learn more about our insurance plan and waiver process.

On-campus resident students are also required to submit an immunization record and health history form. Complete the immunization record (PDF) and mail it to the North Park University Health Center (address on form).

Contact Seminary Student Services by email at semsevices@northpark.edu or by phone at (773) 244-6219 with any questions.

7. Apply for Campus Housing (if applicable)

Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with consideration given for family size and the age of children. To apply for campus housing, you must submit both your housing application and a $50 nonrefundable housing deposit. While housing applications are accepted on an on-going basis, the priority deadline for fall semester is July 1 and December 1 for spring semester.

If you have questions, please contact Seminary Housing by email at semhousing@northpark.edu or by phone at (773) 244-4898.

8. Get Ready for Orientation

Orientation takes place for both Spring and Fall semesters, in the days leading up to the first day of classes. These days will give you an opportunity to meet your classmates, professors, and staff of the Seminary, as well as become acquainted with the campus, neighborhood, and city.

We look forward to officially welcoming you as a new student. Blessings upon your journey!

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