Graduate Theological Union

Visit the GTU

Plan Your Visit!

If you are considering a doctoral or master of arts program, we invite you to visit the GTU to explore our academic community. With a bit of planning, a visit to the GTU is easily arranged. Your visit can be an hour long, a full day, or even a couple of days. Your visit can include a simple meeting with the Admissions staff or several meetings with professors and students. You can also sit in on and observe a GTU course or take time to simply experience the Bay Area. It is really up to you!

This sculpture in South Berkeley helps you to know where you are...

Allow sufficient time (a minumum of two weeks is preferable) to work with the Admissions Office to set up appointments that will be most helpful for you. The best time to meet students and faculty is during the Fall and Spring semesters (see "when to visit" below). While every visit is unique, tailored to fit the informational needs of the visitor, a visit to the GTU typically includes some of the following elements:

  • meeting(s) with faculty
  • meeting(s) with a student
  • attending a class
  • meeting with Admissions staff
  • meeting with Financial Aid staff
  • touring the GTU
  • touring a specific member seminary or affiliated center or institute

When visiting the GTU you are welcome to make use of the modest accommodations that are available right here on “holy hill."


The best time to visit the GTU is during the Fall and Spring semesters, from September 8th through Dec. 18 and February 1 through May 20.  These times are optimal because classes are in session, students and faculty are on campus, and the GTU is generally buzzing with activity, offering maximum exposure for visitors.  During the summer months we can usually accommodate very simple visits to see the campus and meet with admissions representatives, but most faculty and students will be away and unavailable for meetings.

Of course, there are some limited exceptions during the Fall and Spring months when visits are not possible due to holidays and conferences. Those dates are listed below.
Spring Semester  (02/01 - 05/20)  

Feb. 15        Presidents’ Day

Mar. 20-26    Reading Week/Spring Recess

May 16-20    Last week of classes 



During January Inter-session and the Summer months from June through August, visits are possible but will be limited because classes are not in session and student and faculty schedules are unpredictable at these times.


If you have not received a response or have any questions, please feel free to contact the Visits Coordinator, Diandra Chretain, at or call 510/649-2460.