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Application Process
Application Process

Now is the time to apply for the Spring 2023 semester!  Interested in starting next Summer or Fall?  Complete the full application by November 1 to secure on-campus housing and financial aid in our Early Action review window!

As easy as 1-2-3!

1. Application for Admission

You will first submit a short form via our website to begin your online application.  After submitting the initial form, you will be redirected to a secure page where you can begin the full application.  Your responses will be saved automatically and you will also receive an email with the link to your application so that you can come back later to finish it if needed. If you lose access to your application please email us at admissions@wscal.edu.

M.Div./m.A. application 


2. APPLICATION FOR Financial Aid

For Winter/Spring 2023 applicants: click here to download the 2022-23 WSC Application for Financial Aid.
For Summer/Fall 2023 applicants: our Admissions Team will email you the 2023-24 application once you are admitted!


3. On-campus housing application

Learn more about on-campus housing in the Westminster Village here!  Our Admissions Counselors will also email the Housing Application to you once you are admitted.

 

complete by november 1st to secure financial aid & housing for fall 2023!

 

Admissions Timeline

Winter/Spring 2023 Applicants

Aug-Dec Recommended submission of Application for Admission
Oct-Jan

Applications for Admissions, Financial Aid and FAFSA, and Housing reviewed on a rolling basis

Dec 12 Registration and Enrollment Deposit ($100) due for Winter/Spring 2023 students
Jan 9 Language Placement Exams (Greek and Hebrew) and English Bible Exam
Jan 3 Winter Term begins
Feb 6 New Student Orientation for Spring 2023
Feb 7 Spring Term begins

summer/fall 2023 Applicants

Sep-May Recommended submission of Application for Admission 

 
Priority Review Window Deadlines for Fall 2023  Financial Aid & Housing
(WSC Application for Financial Aid and FAFSA, and Housing Application)
Nov 1 – Early Action
Jan 31 – 
Priority I
Mar 7 – Priority II
Apr 11 – Priority III
May-Aug Applications for Admissions, Financial Aid and Housing reviewed on a rolling basis
May-Sep Federal Loan applications can be completed for Fall 2023
Jun 1  Registration opens in Populi for all new admitted students
Jun 30  Registration and Enrollment Deposit of $100 due for Summer/Fall 2023 students
Jul 18 Summer Greek Orientation & Greek Placement Exam
Jul 19 Summer Greek Intensive Course (Greek 1) begins
Aug 30 Fall Language Placement Exams (Greek and Hebrew)
Aug 28-30 New Student Orientation
Aug 31

Fall Semester begins


Priority Review Windows for Financial Aid & Housing

In order to support admitted students in their transition to seminary studies, WSC has four Priority Review Windows for Financial Aid and Housing. These windows offer admitted students the opportunity to receive a financial aid offer and housing placement in a predictable and timely manner. Only admitted students can be reviewed for on-campus housing or financial aid. In order to be considered in one of the four Priority Review Windows, admitted students must submit the WSC Financial Aid Application and the WSC Housing Application by the appropriate deadline, as indicated below. Note that these windows concern housing and financial aid; they are not deadlines for admission to WSC. An Application for Admission to WSC may be submitted at any time up until the first day of classes in the desired term of enrollment. For the full schedule of our priority review windows, see p. 45-46 of the Academic Catalogue.

Early Action:

November 1, 2022: Deadline for submitting the Application for Financial Aid and the Housing Application

November 15, 2022: Notification of Financial Aid Offer and Housing Placement

7-week decision period for accepting Offer/Placement

January 3, 2023: Deadline for applicants to accept their Early Action Financial Aid Offer and Housing Placement


Application Notes & FAQ's

General Admissions Requirements:

Applications for admission to Westminster Seminary California’s academic programs are evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s academic preparation and potential for successful completion of program requirements. Admission to WSC as a student generally requires the following:

  • The successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) at an accredited institution of higher learning
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7
  • Satisfactory completion of all application requirements, including:
    • Online Application
    • Academic & Ecclesiastical References
    • Official Transcripts
  • (International Students Only) Sufficient evidence of English language proficiency evidenced by a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 

Is there an application deadline?

WSC accepts applications for admission up to the start date for each term, so you can always apply to WSC.

Applicants who would like to receive priority review for our on-campus housing and financial aid should plan to apply for admissions 2-3 weeks prior to the next Priority Review Window deadline in order to ensure timely review of their application for admission.  Learn more about the Priority Review windows in the Financial Aid section of our Academic Catalogue

What if I can't get an Ecclesiastical or Academic Reference?

For additional information regarding appropriate academic and ecclesiastical references, see our Academic Catalogue or contact the Admissions Office for more information.

What if I went to an unaccredited undergraduate institution?

Graduates of Unaccredited Institutions: Read additional application requirements >>

What if I don't have a Bachelor's degree?

M.Div. Applicants without a B.A./B.S.: Read more about Special Student status >>

Can I Apply now if I'm still completing my bachelor's degree?

Yes, your application can still be reviewed for admission if an in-process transcript is supplied. Admission granted is on a conditional basis contingent upon receipt of the applicant’s final transcript.

Are there any additional application requirements?

The Admissions Committee may require an applicant to meet with a representative of the Seminary for a personal interview or to take the Graduate Record Examination General Test, which is administered at various centers throughout the U.S. and the world. More information on the GRE is available at www.gre.org.

When will I be notified of my Admission Status?

Application files will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee within two weeks of their completion, at which point WSC will notify the applicant of the decision regarding admission initially by email and then by postal mail.

What if I want to defer my enrollment to another semester?

Enrollment may be deferred for admitted students for up to one additional academic year beyond the year noted on the student's acceptance letter without being required to reapply for admission. To request enrollment deferral, a student should contact the admissions staff who notified them of their admittance.