Catholic men who are seriously considering preparation for the Roman Catholic priesthood and priestly service within a particular diocese or religious community are eligible to seek admission to St. Gregory the Great Seminary. St. Gregory the Great Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin, and complies with all applicable non-discrimination laws not contrary to the religious mission of the Seminary.
When the above documentation is complete, an admissions interview may be scheduled with the Seminary Admissions Committee.
Any man who discerns that he is called to priestly service in the Diocese of Lincoln should contact or be referred to:
The vocation office will arrange for interviews with the applicant and will provide the applicant with an application packet to start the admission process. The requirements of the year-round diocesan formation program will be outlined for the applicant. All applications and required documents must be in the vocation director's office by July 15 for admission to St. Gregory the Great Seminary for the fall semester.
Candidates for admission to St. Gregory the Great Seminary are usually admitted only if sponsored by an archdiocese, diocese, or religious community. Any man who wishes to study at St. Gregory the Great Seminary for service in another archdiocese, diocese, or religious community must contact the proper vocation director.
With the approval of the Bishop of Lincoln, applicants for other dioceses and religious communities are welcome to make application by writing to the St. Gregory the Great Seminary admissions office for information and application forms. All applications and required documents must be submitted to St. Gregory the Great Seminary admissions office by July 15 for admission to the Seminary for the fall semester.
It is the responsibility of the student entering St. Gregory the Great Seminary to authorize and request academic records and transcripts to be sent to the Seminary. In light of the Seminary curriculum, the Academic Dean evaluates college courses already successfully completed. All transfer credits:
Enrolled students who wish to pursue work at other institutions and to have the credit transferred
into their degree program at St. Gregory the Great Seminary must obtain prior approval from the Academic Dean. This approval is required for all credits transferred by correspondence work, summer school work, and work through the mass media.
St. Gregory the Great Seminary accepts students who are not citizens of the United States. This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
Those who are not United States citizens must have applied and acquired an F-1 (student) visa from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security for a time period sufficient to complete their studies. This documentation along with a current, valid passport from their respective country of citizenship must be brought to the Registrar’s Office immediately after having arrived at the Seminary.
Veterans initially enrolling at St. Gregory the Great Seminary should contact their local Veterans Administration Office regarding eligibility of VA educational benefits.
Consistent with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Section 3679 of title 38, United States Code, Section 103 ®, St. Gregory the Great Seminary will not impose any penalties due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on recipients of Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 VA Benefits. Further, St. Gregory the Great Seminary will permit any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides the Seminary a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33, and ending on the earlier of the following dates: 1) The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution or 2) 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the COE (Certificate of Eligibility).
Additionally, St. Gregory the Great Seminary will not require that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the Seminary due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs under chapter 31 or 33. “A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation, or chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, and has been verified by the school certifying official as benefit eligible. This requirement is limited to the portion of funds paid by VA.” A copy of the full Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 can be found at here and can be accessed from the Seminary website.
St. Gregory the Great Seminary accepts students whose first language is not English. Accommodations to the Seminary’s academic program can be made to help these students attain the proficiency they need to pursue their vocation.
Those who wish to apply should submit, in addition to the other required materials, test scores from a standard, English proficiency exam such as TOEFL or COMPASS and/or evaluations from previous ESL programs.
The Academic Dean, in consultation with the English department and others, will develop a program of studies for these students according to their abilities and needs. This may include ESL classes in other local colleges, remedial studies within the Seminary, or tutoring that will help the students to complete the Seminary’s academic program.
To help assure success of students in the academic program, testing may be employed to determine proficiency and skills needed for college work. An English Essay Writing test may be given to help determine proficiency and skill.
Individuals interested in applying to St. Gregory the Great Seminary should communicate with the vocation director of their (arch-)diocese or religious order.