Seattle New Student Guide

Welcome to Western Seminary! 

We exist to equip people like you who desire to make a difference, and we’re excited to help you prepare for strategic kingdom impact. Please know that our staff and faculty are available to assist you each step of the way.

This New Student Guide has been designed to help orient newly-admitted students to campus life at Western. Please set aside about 15 minutes to carefully review it before attending the on-campus Orientation.  We believe that the information we have provided you throughout the guide is essential to your success as a Western student – which leads us to require that everyone read it before registering for classes.  If you have other questions or would like further assistance, please feel free to call the Student Services office at (503) 517-1800 and one of our team members will be happy to help.

Thank you.  And again, welcome!

Your Role as a Student

Student Handbook

Our Student Handbook includes all of the important policies and procedures that relate to student life at Western -- from academic information, to guidelines for conduct and character, to special student programs and benefits.  It's available online and we ask that you familiarize yourself with its contents.  You'll find it on the Seattle site students page, listed in the menu on the right side of the page.

In addition to providing you with helpful information and resources, the Student Handbook serves contract between you and the school. If you have questions about the handbook, we invite you to contact Assistant Dean Michelle Workman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Email Communication

Our primary means of communicating with you will be via email – confirming your registration in a class, letting you know about a course schedule change, or responding to Financial and Academic petitions. Please plan to check your account often. If you change your email address while attending Western, please let us know right away. If you don’t have an email address and need help creating an account, let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

Forms You Need to Complete

As a student at Western, you must complete and submit the following forms. If you’ve already completed these forms, you are not required to submit them again.  Please bring your completed copies to our on-campus Orientation or mail them to us, attention Sandy Foster, at Western Seminary Portland Campus, 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97215.
  • Student ID Card  Your student ID card will allow you to check out books with our partner libraries and receive student discounts at local businesses.
  • Authorization to Release Information  To protect your privacy, we will never release information about your grades, registration, or student account balance without your advance written permission.  If you anticipate that a spouse, employer, or other party may have a legitimate interest in your student records during the course of your studies, please submit this form so that we can work with them accordingly.
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination Form  The State of Oregon requires that we collect this verification from all degree program students during the first semester of study.  We appreciate your assistance in helping us comply. If you have already completed and submitted this form, then you do not need to download and submit it again.
  • Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit Request  Our degree programs are designed to provide comprehensive Bible and theology training for students, starting from the basics and building toward advanced concepts. If you graduated from a Bible college or transferred from another graduate school, you may apply for Advanced Standing or Transfer Credit within your first semester at Western Seminary.  If you think that your educational experience qualifies you to do so, please let us know right away – we don’t want you to miss the deadline.

Registering for Classes

Academic Advising

Upon admission, each new student is matched with a staff or faculty member who will serve as his or her academic advisor.  You’ll find his or her name listed in your admittance letter.  Your advisor serves as your advocate and primary source of academic, spiritual and emotional support during the course of your studies at Western. Please plan to meet with your advisor (whether in person or over the phone) each semester before registering for classes to check in regarding your degree program progress and discuss scheduling options. If you need help scheduling an appointment, please feel free to contact Julia Mayo for assistance at 503.517.1856.

Classes to Take First

We have designed our Seattle teaching site course offerings to provide the core curriculum for a number of our programs.  In order to plan your semester, we suggest that you review the courses listed in the schedule, your program checklist, and speak with your advisor.

If you register for something now, and your advisor later indicates that it would be better to change your course selection, you will be able to do so at no charge.  Drop fees are waived during your first semester of enrollment. More information about our online courses is available at the end of this guide.

Course Schedules

Course schedules for the entire academic year are posted on our website.  Refer to course schedules to learn which classes are available for audit, where each class will be held, whether or not a particular course has a prerequisite, and the schedule for each class we offer in a given semester. Course schedules are subject to change, and regularly updated on our website.

How to Register through the Student Information System

What can I do through the Student Information System (SIS) online?

  • Add and drop classes
  • Pay tuition
  • Check grades
  • Update your personal information in our records (address, email address, phone number, etc…)

To access SIS, go to our website and click on the link at the top right-hand corner. If you don't have an account with Western Seminary, click on the button to create one. Otherwise login. Most students create an account the first time when they start an online application. Make sure to use the email address that we have on file for you.

To register for classes, click on “Registration.” Select the campus location at which the class is offered, then the semester in which you hope to take classes, and finally the type of class you want to take, credit or audit. Click on the "View" button to see the class schedule. Take a moment to read through the notice regarding add and drop fees and requesting registration changes.  Then click on “I Have Read the Above” to proceed to registration.

Courses are listed in alphabetical order by the course ID. Click on "ADD TO CART" to add the course to your cart. This doesn't mean that you are registered just yet. At the top is a button that allows you to "REVIEW" your cart. When you are finished selected  your courses, you can review your cart and submit for approval.

If you have any questions or would like additional assistance, please feel free to contact Sandy Foster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503.517.1810.

Course Syllabi

Once you’ve registered for classes, please download and review the course syllabi for each of your classes.  Many of our courses will require that you have already read material or completed initial coursework before the first day of class.


You can find required textbooks on your course syllabi. We recommend that you purchase your books online. Websites like often enable you to purchase your books at discounted rates.

Please be aware that should you decide not to enroll in a class or should your book requirements change, you will be responsible for returning your books. Expenses for textbooks are typically $450 per semester for the first year and approximately $350 per semester for subsequent years.

Paying Tuition

Tuition is due in full by the end of the first week of classes.

You are welcome to pay tuition online through our Student Information System, or by mailing a check to the Business Office at our Portland campus.  Please feel free to contact Cashier Char Rose to discuss your balance, make a payment or ask questions related to tuition.  She is available at 503.517.1888 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Should you wish to learn more about a monthly tuition payment plan or financial aid, please refer to the reference links at the end of this guide.

Campus Life

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Attending Orientation

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Our Staff: We're Here to Help You

Now that we’ve provided you with a general overview of seminary life, we invite you to contact us directly to answer additional questions or provide further assistance. Don’t know where to start?  Feel free to call the our Portland Campus at 503.517.1800 and our receptionist will be happy to connect you with the appropriate staff member.

Portland Campus Directory


Thank you for completing our New Student Guide!

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