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Student Resources

Helping you succeed at seminary and beyond

The Student Resource Center provides academic advising, career counseling, disability services and writing support. The center's goal is to be an approachable, engaging resource for those with questions regarding vocation, discernment, candidacy and academic success.

Candidacy requirements  |  Career counseling  | Center for Writing and Research  |  Childcare  |  Financial coaching  | Healthy leaders  | Orientation

Candidacy requirements 

No matter which denomination you come from, navigating the candidacy process can be challenging. The Student Resource Center exists, in part, to guide you through this process, be your advocate, and provide updated information as you progress through the various candidacy steps.

Career counseling 

As children of God we are called to ministry in the church and the world. We each are given a variety of gifts in order to live out this calling. The Student Resource Center serves to provide students and alumni with career services resources and support so that each person may live out their calling.

The Center for Writing and Research

Luther Seminary is dedicated to providing the seminary community with a resource for improving writing from across the curriculum. By meeting with a writing professional in a one-on-one setting, writers can get specific answers to the questions they are facing in the writing process as well as identify and address points for improvement in their own writing.

Childcare: SonShine Learning Center 

SonShine Learning Center is a state-licensed Christian early education program for young children. The staff, program and facilities create a warm and friendly learning environment for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It is currently located in Greenway Village Apartments adjacent to the Luther Seminary campus.

Financial coaching

Financial coaching is a free service that pairs students (individuals or couples) with a financial coach based on their interests and needs. The program is designed to provide students (and their spouses) with a coach to walk alongside them as they consider their finances in light of their own faith. A financial coach can help students establish healthy financial practices, create a budget, make good decisions about debt and/or learn more about congregational finances and stewardship, depending on the interests of the student. Generally, the student and coach meet in person or over the phone for one hour long session once a month.

Healthy Leaders program

Luther Seminary believes a healthy leader is a balanced leader. Therefore, we offer a variety of opportunities for students to focus on the seven essential elements of well-being: Career Well-being, Social Well-being, Financial Well-being, Physical Well-being, Community Well-being, Intellectual Well-being, and Spiritual Well-being. To achieve this goal, Luther Seminary employs a parish nurse who works on health education, offers personal health counseling, and advocates for healthy living among members of our community. In addition, we have our own fitness center, God’s Gym, complete with weights and various exercise machines, of which students and faculty members are invited to make use. Furthermore, the seminary is in close proximity to other fitness facilities and healthcare providers.


"First Week" is Luther Seminary’s orientation program for new on-campus students. New students are introduced to life at Luther through experiential learning opportunities involving our faculty, staff, and returning students and well as connections to the larger Twin Cities faith community. Together new students will further explore their own callings and identity as a Christian Public Leader. Students will learn how to access resources and support services to aid in the transition to the academic work of theological education and community life at Luther.

First Week 2016 is scheduled for August 28-September 1.  Sign up will begin in June 2016.

Orientation for Distributed Learning (DL) students will happen during "First Day" -- an intensive version of First Week focused on community formation and connection to resources.  First Day happens during a DL student's first J-term experience.

Current students

Access Student Resource Center.

Student policies

Download Luther Seminary's student handbook to view official seminary policies.

 Student Handbook

Students may also pick up a copy in the Student Affairs Office, NW120.