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? Or even if you're a working adult in search of continuing education in Catholic religious studies, including coursework for the permanent diaconate?
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.APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION - All applicants must provide the following:
- Completed application form;
- 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;
- Provide proof of high school completion (this can be a foreign school if it is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma) or the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, such as a general education development (GED) certificate; or completion of homeschooling at the secondary level as defined by state law; or completion of secondary school education in a homeschool setting which qualifies for an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law, if state law does not require a homeschooled student to receive a credential for their education;
- An official college transcript showing completion of an academic program (two year or four year) from an accredited institution may also be accepted in lieu of high school graduation to fulfill this requirement;
- Official score report(s) from American College Testing (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA);
- Veterans record, if applicable;
- Foreign student records, if applicable;
- Student financial aid records, if applicable;
Diploma mill definition
An entity that:
- Charges someone a fee and requires him to complete little or no education or coursework to obtain a degree, diploma, or certificate that may be used to represent to the general public that he has completed a program of secondary or postsecondary education or training; and
- Lacks accreditation by an agency or association that is recognized as an accrediting body for institutions of higher education by the Secretary (pursuant to Part H, Subpart 2 of Title IV) or a federal agency, state government, or other organization that recognizes accrediting agencies or associations.
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:
- A recent photograph;
- Completed medical form to be sent directly to Director of Student Health;
- Requirements of Canon Law (see Canon 241) 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 of the previous seminary/religious community to the President-Rector of Saint Joseph Seminary College indicating that the applicant left the seminary/religious community in good standing;
- Criminal Background Check conducted through one's diocese or the seminary;
- Valid psychological evaluation;
- 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:
- Recent (obtained within the last six months) certificate of Baptism and certificate of Confirmation.
- Assurance that the applicant is suitable for admission to seminary in accord with the norms of Canon Law (see Canon 241).
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:
- 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
- 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.
- In addition to the above, applicants for whom English is a second language must show proficiency in English adequate for college level study. Non-native English speakers will be tested upon arrival to determine their levels of proficiency in English. In cases where the TOEFL is used, the Saint Joseph Seminary College identification number is 6689.
- Transfer students who are eligible to enroll in the program of study leading to a B.A. in Philosophy and Theological Studies should click here for admission requirements.
All hours attempted will count toward the Title IV, HEA funding 150% quantitative requirements not just the hours that were accepted as transfer hours. (See Financial Aid Section for Complete Details)
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.
The applicant for re-admission as a full-time resident student will:
- Complete a new application form;
- Submit official transcripts for any academic work taken in the interim.
RE-ENROLLMENT - FULL-TIME RESIDENT SEMINARIAN
The prospective re-enrollee will submit:
- A letter to include:
- Reason for return;
- What changes have made a return viable;
- Reason why re-enrollment should be considered by the Seminary College;
- 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:
- Recent (obtained within the last six months) certificate of Baptism and certificate of Confirmation;
- Assurance that the applicant is suitable for enrollment to seminary in accord with the norms of Canon Law (Canon 241).