Information For Incoming Students
June 28, 2017
Summer Institute for Biblical Languages
To see the schedules for all of the SIBL languages (Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic), see the main SIBL webpage. For those of you taking Summer Hebrew (which is recommended for incoming MDIV students), Hebrew I and II will be in session from June 20-August 12 (Mon-Fri, 9-11:55 am).The text will be Pratico and Van Pelt's Basics of Biblical Hebrew. You can purchase it from the on-campus bookstore or at the RTS online bookstore, MindandHeart.com. To get a head start, we recommend memorizing as much vocabulary in advance as you can, since vocabulary is simple and straightforward but you might have questions about grammar. Registration for Summer Languages opens on April 1 and can be completed through Self-Service.
Westminster Shorter Catechism
If you are an incoming MDIV student and you are wondering what you should do before you arrive in Jackson to prepare yourself for seminary, here's one answer: memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism. The Westminster Shorter Catechism will give you a theological foundation and framework to make the most of your seminary education. It will give you precise theological categories on which you will be able to hang all the pieces of your seminary education. You will need to pass WSC 1-53 before enrolling in Comm I in the fall of your 2nd year and you will need to pass WSC 54-107 before enrolling in Comm II in the spring of your 3rd year.
The Reformed Informer
The Reformed Informer, our weekly campus newsletter and primary source of communication between the seminary and students, is emailed weekly and announces upcoming events, advertises items for sale, lists job openings, and delivers important information directly relevant to the entire student body (critical dates, financial aid information, deadlines, policy changes, etc). RTS students are responsible both for the contents of Informer as well as ensuring that they receive the Informer. Weekly perusal of the column headlines should deliver the least amount of information possible to be aware of important dates and notices, but it's witty enough that you should read the whole thing!
We encourage you to sign up to receive the Informer now by contacting our editor, Anna Kate Minyard, at email@example.com. If you don’t sign up now, once you register using Self Service and submit an email address, this address will receive the weekly Informer. Finally, if you have anything you would like to publish in the Reformed Informer, please email Anna Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org). All submissions must be in by Wednesday at noon prior to the Friday edition.
New Student Orientation will be held on August 23, 2017. All new students (even those MDIV students who began with Summer Hebrew) and spouses will meet in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m. (Orientation will go to 4:00 pm) where you will be formally welcomed and introduced to various staff and faculty members, have lunch with your faculty prayer group leader, hear advice from students who are further along in your program, and receive insight about how to maintain sanity under the stress of graduate school from our resident experts. Photographs for student IDs will be taken during this time. Childcare will be provided from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. If you are planning to use childcare, you must call us at 601-923-1670 to make a reservation before August 23.
Registration for fall classes opens June 15 through Self Service. You will want to set up a Self-Service account and be familiar with the Self Service registration process as well as important dates on the Academic Calendar. As you consider which courses you will be taking this fall, we strongly encourage you to follow the prescribed curriculum for your degree program. You can find a link to the prescribed curriculum for your degree via the following links: MDiv, MAMFTC, MA. If you choose to deviate from your prescribed curriculum, you may create a course conflict towards the end of your degree program that will require you to stay another year. If you have questions or concerns about your course choices, please contact Kim Lee, our Registrar, at email@example.com.
Students taking 12 or more hours are required to demonstrate proof of insurance each Fall and Spring semester. It is generally advisable for entering students to continue whatever existing health coverage they already have. If you are looking for health care solutions, you may want to visit our Student Insurance Options page. Full-time students must demonstrate proof of insurance within the two-week window around the first day of class. Failure to demonstrate proof of insurance within this timeframe will result in you being dropped from your classes.
Convocation and Lunch
At 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 30, there will be a campus-wide meeting for old and new students to begin the academic year worshiping together and preparing our hearts for the work ahead. Following Convocation, there will be a free lunch provided, at which you can meet your faculty prayer group leader.
When you first move in, whether on-campus or off, you should make a point on a weekday to go to the mailroom located at Patterson's Porch (the building across the tennis courts from the Dean Center). You will need to get a campus mailbox, which is an important means of communication with faculty and staff.
If you are moving in from out of state and you are establishing residence here, you will need to go to the County Tax Collector, located in the courthouse of Raymond, MS, and get a Mississippi tag for your car. You have 30 days to do this before you will receive a fine of $250 (so don't put it off). You will need two proofs of residency, as well as all the information on your car (title, registration receipt, lien holder information, etc.). You can call 601-857-5574 or 601-857-5575 if you have any questions or you can visit the Hinds County Tax Collector online.
To obtain a Mississippi drivers license, you will need to go to the Jackson Headquarters located at 1900 Woodrow Wilson Rd. To find out what you will need to take with you, visit the Mississippi Department of Public Safety website. You may also contact the licensing office at 601-987-1284. The Mississippi Department of Motor Vehicles will also provide you with all the information you need.
If you don't already have an RTS decal, please come by the Admissions office and pick one up. The decal should be placed inside your windshield in the lower-right corner (the passenger side). This will help security know who you are both on campus and at the town homes. Every vehicle needs a decal.
Chapel meets every Wednesday from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Not only are we building our minds for truth, but we ought to be developing our hearts for God. Chapel is required for all students taking 2 or more classes. Check out the Chapel webpage to hear past chapel messages.
You may want to check out the Student Cabinet webpage that lists your student representatives and the upcoming campus events. Interested in cross-cultural ministry? Check out the African American Leadership Initiative. Have a heart for missions? Get plugged into the Great Commission Society.
You can also find information on Athletics here. The Student Handbook is also available for you to read. The handbook sets forth the seminary's policies regarding both the academic and social contexts of our community. Please review these guidelines so that you will know what you should expect from the faculty and staff as well as what is expected of you as a student.