Hello New Students
Important Note: Students who deposit and then decide to defer admission until a later semester will be required to make an additional $300 deferral deposit in order to reserve a place in the following year's incoming class. This amount will be applied to the first semester's tuition bill.
WELCOME to the General Theological Seminary!
We know that moving to NYC and starting seminary are big changes and that there are probably a million questions running through your mind, so we thought we'd offer a few answers to help alleviate some of the pressure.
It may seem expensive to hire movers but people often wish they had.
For those of you moving onto the Close, there are only two access points to the Close: the Chapel Gate on 20th Street and Seabury Gate on 21st Street. There are flatbed dollies available for use (ask at the front desk).
Dorm rooms are generally painted off-white w/a beige trim and a black floor. Generally you can paint in your new home, but be sure to check for regulations in the housing policy.
It is hot and very humid in NYC in August. All dorms and apartments are equipped with an air conditioner.
New York City has Ikea, Target, Home Depot, Best Buy and Kmart all within subway or delivery distance. There is also Bed, Bath and Beyond and the Container Store on Sixth Avenue. So you will be able to do additional furnishing when you arrive if you don't want to bring everything from home right away.
When you move in, it's IMPERATIVE that someone be supervising the gates so that strangers don't come in. People walk by and are curious about the Close all the time and an open gate looks like an invitation--you'd be amazed at the amount of people who just walk in! Unfortunately, all of our safety is put at risk when strangers are on the Close. People who try to enter the gates when you're using them can be redirected to the 21st Street entrance to sign in and tour the grounds. Please don't let them in the gates.
Lastly, we can't guarantee that anyone will be around to help you out with your moving. If you can bring a friend or family member to help out, you'll be a lot better off! If not, email the Admissions Office and maybe they'll be able to help find someone. Facebook is also a great way to coordinate with the fellow members of your incoming class. Plan ahead.
The bells indicate that a chapel service is about to begin. They will ring 10 minutes before services and just as the service is starting as well.
Everyone is welcome in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd all the time. This includes you, whenever it is you arrive at GTS. During the school year, we have 21 services in the Chapel. The summer is less busy with fewer services. Please feel free to volunteer to read scripture at the summer services. A sacristan may also invite you to do so but there is no pressure. Participate as you feel comfortable.
The Rev. Patrick Malloy is the Director of the Chapel. Anyone wishing to plan or hold a special service (outside of the planned services of the year) should contact Fr. Malloy for his approval.
Food service won't begin until c lasses begin, so know that there is a Gristede's Grocery Store on 9th Avenue and 24th Street, Whole Foods on 7th Avenue and 25th Street, and Trader Joe's on 6th Avenue and 21st Street. Corner stores like HaHa Fresh (22nd & 9th Ave) have many basics and are within a block of campus. Chelsea Market, located on 9th Avenue at 14th Street, has a wonderful collection of specialty food stores, bakeries and a fresh fruit and vegetable market that has a terrific selection of produce at a great price. There is also a Trader Joe not too far from campus. Otherwise you can go to www.freshdirect.com for delivered groceries which makes things a bit easier. There are also restaurant menus at the front desk. If you want to go out, there are at least 20 restaurants within 5 minutes.
At GTS, the IT Dept. maintains 2 computing labs with direct connections to GTS' high speed T1 line for Internet access and e-mail. The main Computer Lab is located in the Library and the Commuter Student lab is located on the ground floor of the Pintard Building. Students automatically receive wireless internet access (in campus public areas) and e-mail accounts. Information on these accounts is made available during Orientation week. For more information on computing resources available to students, please visit the IT Department's webpage.
The New Student retreat is the Fri-Sun of Fall break. The Spartner retreat will be the second weekend in Nov. There are other retreat days with dates that are yet to be determined. A bus is provided for these trips and there is minimal cost to students. The Chaplain will be in touch with you about all the specifics. You may want to start thinking about childcare or pet care - we leave on Friday at 1pm and return to the city on Sunday around 4pm.
If you brought your pet to the Close, know that you'll need to register your dog and get a special tag so that they have identification if they get lost. To find out where, call 311 (NYC info line) when you get here.
You'll get a booklet with information about pet care, pet stores, vets, etc. when you arrive. There is a great vet two blocks from campus. Please be sure to walk your pets OFF the Close.
When you arrive, you'll receive great information about Chelsea, New York and more so this is just stuff to start you off. It's a lot to remember and a lot to deal with, but you will indeed survive and before you know it, you'll be right at home here. We look forward to having you here and if there's anything anyone can do, please don't hesitate to ask.
The GTS Community