Mount Angel Seminary Admissions
Greetings from Mount Angel Seminary!
As “a school of the Lord’s service,” we have much for which to be to be grateful and much to celebrate. Founded and sustained by the monks of Mount Angel Abbey, we have now become the oldest and the largest Catholic seminary in the western United States and have been privileged to educate and form thousands of priests – and many religious and lay men and women, too – with the mind and heart of Jesus Christ for service to His people in nearly 100 dioceses and religious communities across the country and around the world. And we are delighted that you are interested in becoming part of that tradition. If you have any questions or we can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact us – and let us continue to pray for one another as well.
Rev. Msgr. Joseph Betschart, STL, President-Rector
Mount Angel Seminary is primarily dedicated to the formation and education of candidates for the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Therefore, all seminary students require the sponsorship of a Diocesan Bishop or Religious Superior. To acquire this endorsement, please contact the vocation director of the diocese or community for which you wish to study.
All applicants are expected to complete an extensive screening process. A checklist is provided below to aid the applicant through the process of compiling the completed application packet, including medical health forms and a psychological assessment guide. Once the application is complete, an on-site interview will be arranged with the Admissions Board as the final step in the process.
Local students who are not candidates for the priesthood but are interested in study at Mount Angel should refer to the section at the bottom of this page for lay student admissions.
Additional information regarding the application process is found the the Academic Catalog in the Academic Policies & Procedures section.
Seminary Application Process
If possible, please complete these documents electronically and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If this is not possible, please mail your completed documents to:
Mount Angel Seminary
1 Abbey Dr.
St. Benedict, OR 97373
Required admissions documents are in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to edit and save these documents.
Seminary Admissions Checklist. This document provides instructions for applying and a complete list of required documents for Seminary Applicants.
Mount Angel Seminary Application Packet. Only an official Mount Angel Seminary application packet will be accepted.
Letter of Endorsement from (arch)diocese or religious community.
Official Transcripts. Request official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended. Copies will not be accepted. Applicants should request two sets of official transcripts in sealed envelopes (one set for the (arch)diocese/religious community, the other for the seminary.)
Recommendation Questionnaire. Have each of your references fill out this packet and send it directly to Mount Angel Admissions Office. See Page 13 of the Seminary Application.
If applicable, Recommendation from Rector of Former Seminary. If you have attended another seminary please have your former rector fill out a recommendation questionnaire (see previous) and write a recommendation letter.
Mount Angel Seminary Student Health Form (no other form will be accepted).
Professional Psychological Assessment following Mount Angel Seminary’s Recommended Dimensions for Psychological Assessment.
Certificates of Baptism and Confirmation (official documents).
Typed Autobiography (not to exceed 10 pages) describing:
• Chronological history of life of applicant
• Relationships with the applicant’s family and other significant people in his life,
including romantic involvements.
• School achievement.
• Social life.
• Faith & prayer life with a description of the applicant’s discernment process.
• Work experience.
• Reasons why the applicant is applying to Mount Angel Seminary.
A Recent Photograph (email submission preferred) of the applicant. Please submit a photo that is passport quality and size.
Once all the above required documentation is received, the applicant will be scheduled for an on-site interview with the Admissions Board. At this time the applicant is an official candidate and will be assessed for admissions to Mount Angel Seminary.
Criminal Background Check (This will be done by the seminary at the time of the interview).
Supplemental Applications for Some Seminary Applicants:
Mount Angel Seminary is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Please print the supplemental application above and fax to International Student Services FAX 503.845.3128
These documents describe additional application procedures for non-native English speaking applicants.
Lay Student Admissions
For local residents who may wish to study independent of sponsorship, please use the Lay Student Application.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
Mount Angel Seminary considers the long-term active ministry of its graduates a clear indicator of the fulfillment of its mission. In the most recent ten year period 2005-2015, 94% of those who completed a graduate theology degree at the seminary, i.e., the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts (Theology), are still in active ministry, meaning serving in ordained, religious, professional or volunteer ministry positions or continuing in advanced studies. Read more »
Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary's 2016 Annual Security and Fire Report is available here.