Prospective Students | New Student Orientation
New Student Frequently Asked Questions
Who is my advisor?
Advisors will be assigned at the cohort retreat. If you have any
questions about your courses before that point, please contact
Coordinator of Academic Planning, Marilyn Erickson at
Where do I obtain phone numbers if I need to contact
someone (i.e. professors, financial aid, student records,
For the name and address of an NES faculty or staff member, refer
to the NES
Directory and Campus Resources sections of this
Do I have all the books I need for my first
You should have already received one box of books for your first
Core class (BHT 511). Books for subsequent courses are the
responsibility of the student. These will normally be available for
purchase at the bookstore but may be purchased from any source the
Is there help available for writing my
A theological writing course is offered concurrently with BHT 511.
Additionally, the Learning Center offers assistance to any students
who wish to improve their writing skills. Personal consultations,
as well as open writing labs, are available to all NES students.
The Learning Center can also assist students with learning
disabilities or academic difficulties. For more information or to
set up an appointment, call 585.594.6270.
Who do I contact in reference to my class registration
You can access R-Serve (which gives you registration and
grading information) through the NES intranet. Directions to access
R-Serve are listed here.
Contact Academic Support at 585.594.6623 with any
Financial Aid & Student Accounts
Who is the best person to call in reference to my
student financial account?
For all billing questions, please call Paul Renter in the office
of student accounts, 585.594.6150.
What are my financial aid options
There are several loan and grant options often available to
students. You must complete your FAFSA application
online (www.fafsa.ed.gov) before any aid can be
disbursed. NES also offers an interest-free monthly tuition payment
option with Nelnet for masters
students. Other available scholarship applications will be made
available at the end of your first year of study.
How is the scholarship money applied to my student
The scholarship money you receive will be prorated over the two
semesters of the academic year. For students planning to take an
elective course in the summer term (May/June) consult Steve Field
in financial aid to ensure aid is disbursed appropriately.
Where can I park on campus?
You may use the Roberts Hall Lot (off Orchard Street) or Smith
Science Center Lot (off Buffalo Road). Once you have completed and
returned the pink parking permit card, you will be issued a parking
pass. Please refer to the parking instructions on the
Campus Security section of the RWC website.
Buffalo students may park for free, without a permit, at
6500 Sheridan Drive.
Syracuse students may park for free, without a permit, at
How often do I need to reapply for
Your parking permit is valid for one academic year (August-July).
You will be contacted by the security office when renewal time is
What computer requirements are there for degree
Please use this list
to check the minimum hardware requirements, operating system
options, and software requirements for degree programs.
Who helps me with IT problems with the NES intranet,
password logins, and the web site?
To help get you started with the process, use the IT
manual provided online for
most of your questions. If that still does not help, call the
RWC/NES IT department at 585.594.6898.
How do I gain access to the computer lab at NES if it is
You will be issued an NES ID card that has the ability to open the
computer lab door by swiping the card reader to the left of the
Where are the NES announcements and events
The Seminary uses two primary modes of contact to students -
the intranet and NEwSPOINT, a bi-weekly electronic newsletter sent
to your student e-mail account. Additionally, you will typically
find announcements, events, and jobs openings posted on the
white boards in classrooms 213 and 313. Information will also be
placed in your student mail folder, located in the first floor
filing cabinet (near the elevator). Check your folder often!
Student assignment binders are returned to the bookshelves next to
the 1st floor elevator after courses are completed.
Where do I go to make copies?
The RWC library and Smith Science Center both have copiers
available for student use.
When is the All-Seminary Retreat and what is it
The All-Seminary Retreat is a one-day event that includes current
students, alumni, faculty and staff. Once a year, the Seminary
gathers for a time of spiritual nurturing and renewal. All seminary
students are required to attend and do so at no cost to them.
Spouses are invited for a nominal cost. The All-Seminary Retreat
for 2015-16 is November 6-7, 2015.
How do students communicate with seminary leaders?
Student feedback is always appreciated. Several
opportunities to meet with seminary staff occur throughout the year
including receptions and town meetings. You may also e-mail staff
directly with questions or concerns. See directory for