Welcome to the Meadville Lombard Learning Community!

Congratulations on being admitted to Meadville Lombard Theological School. We are so glad you chose to join our community. This page outlines key information for you to know as an incoming student. There is a lot of information contained on this page. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Student Affairs Team if you have any questions or concerns as you review the information below!

And once again, welcome to Meadville Lombard Theological School!

The Student Affairs Staff:

  Pamela Lightsey, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

  Elena Jimenez, Registrar  

  Joey Rodil, Senior Director of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid

  Greta Jo Seidohl, Recruitment and Admissions Specialist

  Jonathan Shotwell, Recruitment and Admissions Specialist

Contextual Ministry

  Jules Taylor, Senior Director of Contextual Ministry, Affiliated Faculty


  Eileen Wiviott; contact her at ewiviott@meadville.edu or (224) 565-3952 


For All Students

Calendars and Course Offerings

  • The academic calendar page contains the full list of academic events and deadlines
  • The course offerings page contains a full list of course offerings and the dates of Intensives for each course

The Student Handbook

You should familiarize yourself with the Student Handbook (the latest edition and back issues can be found on the Handbooks, Policies, & Forms page). If you have any questions about a policy or procedure at Meadville Lombard, the answer can usually be found in the Student Handbook. Topics in the handbook include: 

  • Advising
  • Communication
  • Financial Aid Policies
  • Core curriculum requirements for degrees
  • Accessibility/Disability and Accommodations Policy

Technology Requirements

Technology is essential to the learning environment at Meadville Lombard. To help you determine what technology you need to own/be familiar with, a list of technology requirements is available. It is also in the Student Handbook.

Student Platforms: Meadville Mail and Populi

Students who have completed their admissions acceptance form and paid their matriculation fee will be assigned accounts to Meadville Mail and Populi.

  • Meadville Mail is your student email address that will serve as the official and primary mode of communication between you as a student and Meadville Lombard. Make sure to check your Meadville email regularly—at least once or twice per week—and be in touch right as well if you have any difficulty accessing your email.
  • Populi is the online student portal where you can review your student account, register for classes, make a payment, see your transcript, access your class discussion boards, submit a paper, connect with faculty, update your contact information, etc.

Student Advisory Council (SAC)

The Student Advisory Council is a group of Meadville Lombard students elected yearly by their peers to represents the interests of currently enrolled students. SAC is run by students, for students, and is dedicated to helping every student have the best possible learning experience at Meadville Lombard. To learn more, go to the Student Organizations page.

Perks of Being a Student at Meadville Lombard

As a student of Meadville Lombard, you get access to many services and discounts. Take advantage of these perks that will make your time at Meadville Lombard easier.

For Master of Divinity (MDiv) Students

  • Familiarize yourself with the Master of Divinity degree program page
  • Core Curriculum Requirements for the MDiv program can be found in the Student Handbook and in the Academic Catalog
  • For those seeking Unitarian Universalist ordination, familiarize yourself with the credentialing process

For Master of Arts (Religion) (MAR) Students

  • Familiarize yourself with the Master of Arts (Religion) degree program page
  • Core Curriculum Requirements for the MAR program can be found in the Student Handbook and the Academic Catalog

For Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Students

  • Familiarize yourself with the Doctor of Ministry degree program page
  • Core Curriculum Requirements for the DMin program can be found in the Student Handbook and the Academic Catalog