National Capital Semester FAQs

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What housing options are available to me?
Wesley Theological Seminary has a wide array of housing options ranging from commuter dorm housing for students staying a few nights per week to apartment style housing for those students who are bringing their family. For detailed information that can help you decide which housing is right for you, please visit the Housing webpage.

How do I apply for housing?

Please apply as early as possible for housing. There is no guarantee that you will obtain a housing assignment, as assignments are given on a first-come first-served basis and on-campus housing is extremely limited.

Am I required to participate in the meal plan?
If you live in dorm housing, yes – you are required to participate in the dining hall meal plan. If you live in an apartment, the meal plan is optional and you may request to have meals included. For more information, please visit the Refectory webpage.

How do I register for classes?
All registration is processed on line through a website called WesleyWeb. This can be accessed through the My Wesley portal by logging on and clicking on the link at the top right. Registration for NCSS students begins on December 1. WesleyWeb is available for registration through the end of the first full week of the semester. After this first full week, any registration changes must be made in writing on a Registration Form.

What classes are required?
You must register for ES-491 National Capital Semester for Seminarians Action/Reflection Seminar. This is the main course for the NCSS program which involves site visits on Monday afternoons and a classroom seminar on Wednesday mornings. Other optional courses related to the NCSS program are ES-495 National Capital Semester for Seminarians Research Project and ES-497 National Capital Semester for Seminarians Internship. Contact Admissions if you plan to participate in either of these courses. You may fill in your schedule as much or as little as you wish with additional courses from the spring Master's course schedule.

What other classes can I take?
You an take any other classes at Wesley for which you have met the prerequisites. Additionally, Wesley Theological Seminary is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium (click the link for a list of the WTC participating institutions).

As an NCSS student, you are eligible to cross-register for courses in the Consortium. You may search on the Washington Theological Consortium website for other spring courses to take, but to register for a Consortium course, you must still use WesleyWeb. Click on the Consortium Registration link, which is the second link below the Registration heading. Scroll down, complete all of the information and submit the form. Your registration will be processed by the Registrar's Office and you will receive an e-mail copy of the form which Wesley's Registrar's Office sends to the host Consortium school. This process may take up to two working days.

Please note that you will be issued a Wesley ID card when you arrive. This ID works as your library card at the Wesley Theological Seminary library and American University, along with all of the Consortium school libraries.

How much does it cost?
You will be billed for fees, meals and housing (if applicable) and should make payment directly to Wesley Theological Seminary. Also, a bill for tuition will be sent to you and to your home school. You should pay your home school at their tuition rates and your home school will send a tuition payment to Wesley. Please be in touch with your home school as soon as you receive your bill to assure that your tuition is paid in a timely manner. Your transcript will not be released to your home school until your all fees and tuition are completely paid.

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