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Chicago Theological Seminary

The first step in the admissions process has little to do with us. It begins with you. Chicago Theological Seminary cultivates leaders who are passionate, creative, and bold. Are you ready to pursue your passion?


Since its inception, CTS has lived on the edge – literally and figuratively. Established in the boomtown of Chicago in 1855, the Seminary’s first mission was to train church leaders on what was then America’s western boundary. Throughout our history CTS has been a leader in theological education, social justice, and societal transformation.


We prepare students for ministry, academics, chaplaincy, community organizing, and much more. In our challenging context, we recognize the need for courageous leaders to step forward and create change in all environments.

Housing services

CTS does not maintain its own residence hall: Each student is responsible for finding, applying for, and securing her/his own housing. However, for the convenience of our students, CTS has entered into an agreement with the University of Chicago which affords CTS students the opportunity to reside in University of Chicago graduate residences. Apartments ranging from studio to 2 bedrooms are typically available. Individuals, families, and students wanting to share an apartment are welcome.

Other Housing Options: There are a plethora of wonderful rental opportunities in the communities surrounding CTS. Because this is an area in high demand, we suggest you begin your housing search soon after your acceptance.

Library services

The Lapp Learning Commons has a long tradition and commitment to meeting the instructional and research needs of its constituents. Our mission is to continually build and provide access to materials, promote information literacy and lifelong learning in order to advance learning and scholarship within the entire Chicago Theological Seminary community.

Campus life

The CTS campus is located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. It is a desirable, racially-diverse neighborhood, which includes the homes of many notable Chicagoans, including President Barack Obama. Hyde Park is also the home of the University of Chicago. There is a quaint downtown area with trendy shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and markets. Its central location means that it is also well serviced by public transportation.

Student clubs

Each student brings their own passions and experiences to the Seminary. There are several organizations and programs to meet your needs and interests. Here is a list of active groups:

  • Bayard Rustin Society
  • Charles Shelby Rooks Society
  • Business of Ministry Action Plan
  • Deirdre Jackson & DeMarcus Jones Center for Hip-Hop Thought & Activism
  • Heyward-Boswell Society
  • International Student Organization (ISO)
  • PhD Student Association
  • Student Government

CTS  is accredited by two accrediting agencies: The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools and The Higher Learning Commission.

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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