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FULL-TIME RESIDENT SEMINARIANS

Most students at Saint Joseph Seminary College are full-time resident Roman Catholic seminarians. But did you know that you can go to school here even if you're not a seminarian?

The Admissions section provides information for both full-time resident and part-time non-resident students.

Information on costs and fees can be found in the tuition page. (Note: Tuition cost for the Religious Studies Institute is listed on its page in the Programs section under Academics.)

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION - All applicants must provide the following:
  1. Completed application form;
  2. By Louisiana law, all new students must provide certification that they have been immunized or provide proof of immunity for mumps, measles, rubella, tetanus, meningitis, and diphtheria;
  3. Official copy of high school transcripts or GED and official copies of transcripts of all work done at post-secondary institutions;
  4. American College Testing (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude (SAT), or Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) scores;
  5. Veterans record, if applicable;
  6. Foreign student records, if applicable;
  7. Student financial aid records, if applicable;

ENROLLMENT - Full-time Resident Students
The full-time resident student is a Roman Catholic male who intends to prepare for the celibate priesthood by participation in the seminary program. Once admitted to the Seminary College, the applicant for full-time resident status must provide:
  1. A recent photograph;
  2. Completed medical form to be sent directly to Director of Student Health;
  3. Requirements of Canon Law must be observed if the applicant has attended another seminary or been a member of a religious community. The applicant will request a letter be sent from the Rector/Superior to the President-Rector of Saint Joseph Seminary College indicating that the applicant left the seminary/religious community in good standing;
  4. Criminal Background Check conducted through one's diocese or the seminary;
  5. Valid psychological evaluation;
  6. Letter of sponsorship from diocese or religious community. By the statement of sponsorship, the seminary will presuppose that the following have been acquired by the diocese or religious community:
    1. Recent (within the last six months) certificate of Baptism and certificate of Confirmation
    2. Assurance that the applicant is suitable for admission to seminary in accord with the norms of Canon Law.

MATRICULATION REQUIREMENTS - Full-time Resident Students
Candidates for the freshman year and transfer students must present evidence of graduation from an approved secondary school and proof of ability to follow the curriculum of the Seminary College by satisfying the following criteria:
  1. Completion of approved pre-college curriculum, as certified by an official transcript. A preferred record includes success in a minimum of seventeen academic units of high school credit, normally including at least:
    • 3 units of English
    • 2 units of Science
    • 2 units of Mathematics
    • 1 unit of United States History
    • 2 units of Foreign Language
    Applicants who do not have these units may be required to take certain developmental courses in order to be able to participate in the Seminary College curriculum.
  2. Presentation of American College Test (ACT) results. The Admissions Committee reviews these scores together with an analysis of the applicant's high school record. The Saint Joseph Seminary College ACT identification number is 1604.
  3. In addition to the above, applicants for whom English is a second language must show a proficiency in English adequate for college level study by taking and receiving a satisfactory sub-scores on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). Applicants who plan to enter the program for the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and the Liberal Arts, the program for the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theological Studies, or to enter the Pre-Theology Certificate program must score at least 18 in the speaking section of the TOEFL, and at least 20 in all other sections. For those who are graduates of a U.S. high school, whose English proficiency has been proven, satisfactory, ACT scores will be accepted, The Saint Joseph Seminary College TOEFL identification number is 6689. Additional testing options may be required by the Office of Admissions.
  4. Transfer students who are eligible to enroll in the program of study leading to a B.A. in Philosophy and Theological Studies should see pages 19-20 and 22 for admission requirements.

RE-ADMISSION POLICY
A student who left the Seminary College in good academic standing will be considered for readmission upon completion of re-application procedures (see below) and subject to review of academic and formational records by the Admissions Committee.

RE-ADMISSION PROCEDURE
The applicant for re-admission as a full-time resident student will:
  1. Complete a new application form;
  2. Submit official transcripts for any academic work taken in the interim.
The Admissions Committee will review all records of previous enrollment and may request a personal interview with the applicant before deciding to re-admit the student or to deny his application. The decision of the Admissions Committee is final.

RE-ENROLLMENT - FULL-TIME RESIDENT SEMINARIAN
The prospective re-enrollee will submit:
  1. A letter to include:
    1. Reason for return;
    2. What changes have made a return viable;
    3. Reason why re-enrollment should be considered by the Seminary College;
  2. A current letter of sponsorship from diocese or religious community. By the statement of sponsorship, the seminary will presuppose that the following have been acquired by the diocese or religious community:
    1. Recent (within the last six months) certificate of Baptism and certificate of Confirmation;
    2. Assurance that the applicant is suitable for enrollment to seminary in accord with the norms of Canon Law.