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New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

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While some students have a typical profession in mind, others are answering to a higher power. Those who feel that a career related to theology is more promising than a regular day job will find that at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, they get the education and experience needed to ponder the deeper questions in life while learning important historical information about their religious texts. Here, spirituality is the focus, with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary also providing bachelor, associate, and master’s degrees so that students are well-equipped to find work in their field of choice after exiting the seminary.

What was originally founded as a vehicle for missionary work in Central America during the early 1920s has grown and expanded over the years into something far greater. A center for ministerial training in the southeast, students from all over the country flock to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary based on its stellar reputation alone. A number of noted ministers have studied here, and many more have found a content life leading congregations all over the country after completing their course of studies.

The primary degrees offered at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary include a Master of Church Music, a Master of Divinity, and a Master of Theology. There is also a Master of Arts degree available. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the school takes its accreditation status very seriously, though it is not eligible to receive federal aid for students who need financial assistance with their college career.

While academics are important at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, so is civil service. Students are expected to regularly participate in projects that improve the community, with numerous student organizations arranging their own food drives and Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. After all, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary strives to teach its students that service is not just to the Lord, but also to your fellow man.

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The number one recommendation for prospective students interested in New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is to visit New Orleans and schedule a tour of the campus. After all, this is not like applying to regular college, and sometimes promotional materials just don’t do the trick at describing the scope of the program. During this visit, you can also schedule an interview, because New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is interested in getting to know its students beyond the usual essays and application process, which is also necessary. Prospective students can download the admissions application online, which must be submitted with GED or high school diploma, letters of recommendation, and completed personal essays. There is also a nonrefundable processing fee.

Financial Aid

Because New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary does not receive federal funding, financial aid works a little bit differently here. The school still provides opportunities for financial assistance. They just aren’t through the usual channels like the FAFSA or Pell Grants. The best means for students who need financial assistance to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are the numerous independent loaning institutions, which the college keeps a comprehensive list of. It is possible to schedule an appointment with the purpose of discussing financing your education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where counselors can assist in figuring out which options are best for you. Students are also encouraged to make use of the available monthly payment plan, which breaks down paying for seminary into more manageable amounts.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3183rd for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is rather different than at other colleges. The focus for student organizations is service to the community and the world at large. Popular student organizations on campus include the Partnership with Operation NOAH and the Housing Volunteers for Rebuilding City, both of which were crucial after Hurricane Katrina, as well as many international service projects. Other popular clubs on campus include the Dead Preachers Society, the Fellowship of Black Seminarians, and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Community is very important at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, with students taking a great deal of time to get to know one another and to work together in better understanding and spreading the word of God.

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While fun and community are important parts of attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, there are no organized official athletic teams. Students do participate in club sports, from basketball to frisbee.

Information Summary

Ranks 43rd in Louisiana and 1904th overall
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near New Orleans, LA 70126
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population40,677 (40,648 urban / 29 rural)
Households14,487 (2.76 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,627
Families10,539 (3.27 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Theological seminaries, Bible colleges, and other faith-related institutions
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityDeferment only - limited participation
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationSouthern Baptist
Congressional District2202

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3025th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $540 $540 $540
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $250 $250 $250
FT Graduate Tuition $4,410 $4,410 $4,410
FT Graduate Required Fees $540 $540 $540
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $250 $250 $250
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $14,200 $14,200 $14,200
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,290 $16,290 $16,290
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,846 $9,846 $9,846

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,733 $6,270 $5,733 $6,270 $5,733 $6,270
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $750(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $2,026 $2,095
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,541(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,000 $7,500
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,250(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,556(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity495
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$2,310
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 31 44 33 6 1 240 59 414
Bible/Biblical Studies 7 4 16 27
Christian Studies 6 8 1 3 59 55 132
Divinity/Ministry 23 11 3 3 1 105 146
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology 1 7 8
Pastoral Studies/Counseling 15 24 16 4 59
Religious Education 2 1 26 29
Religious/Sacred Music 1 1
Theology/Theological Studies 3 3
Women's Ministry 1 1
Youth Ministry 2 6 8

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1718th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $65,466 ($67,309 male / $35,118 female)
Number of FT Faculty 57 (50 male / 7 female)
Number of PT Faculty 220
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,056,621

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