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We try our best to make top-notch liberal theological education accessible.

Our students and alums often tell us that they had been aware of their Call to Ministry for years—sometimes even for decades—before they could ignore it no longer and started searching for a theological school to attend. We understand how daunting it can be. You may be asking: Do I have to uproot my family and move in order to attend seminary? Can I afford it? Would I get the support I might need as a Unitarian Universalist at the Christian seminary nearby?  

That is why we changed the way we organized and delivered our curriculum. We became a low-residency school, so you can stay in the community where you work and serve. We integrated internships so you can learn by doing what you are reading and discussing in classes. Because of this Contextual Learning Model, you can complete the program more effectively in less time. Our students cultivate deep bonds with each other and with our faculty during the time they spend at our Chicago campus for Ingathering and Intensives—classwork completed in person 3-4 times a year—, and stay in touch as Cohorts throughout the year. Our Learning Community is supportive, not only during the time when our students are at Meadville Lombard, but also throughout their entire career as religious leaders.  

Join us for one of our Prospective Student Conferences held during Intensives when our current students are in town. You can mingle with them, meet our faculty, and experience what it is like to be a student at Meadville Lombard.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about becoming a student. We look forward to hearing from you!