Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

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Life at LSTC


The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is highly academic and a place of grace. Whether you are looking for the most rigorous study of theology or simply want to prepare yourself in the best possible way for ministry or any place in between, there's a place for you. Our classes are challenging and there are multiple ways to engage in learning.


We are LSTC - students from over 30+ synods of the ELCA every year, from various denominations and religious traditions, from places throughout the world. We are LSTC - a diverse faculty that includes experts in the fields of Bible, history, ministry, theology, ethics and more. We are LSTC - a staff committed to the school and neighborhood, many of whom live in close proximity to the seminary. We build community together in a variety of ways and through all our beautiful diversity, God continues to make us one body.


We have a number of students who take courses at LSTC as part-time and/or commuter students. Those students often focus studies in one-two days per week, allowing them to continue to work throughout the rest of the week. We offer a number of resources to make studies as a commuter student possible.


Our vintage apartments are located just across the street from the seminary. For a tour of housing when you plan to visit, please contact

Hyde Park & Chicago

LSTC is located in a beautiful neighborhood. Hyde Park has a wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores and small shops. The neighborhood is home to the University of Chicago and five seminaries, including LSTC. It is one of the most racially and economically diverse neighborhoods in the city of Chicago, and home to President Barack Obama.

LSTC Information

LSTC provides consumer and safety information in the following:

To obtain paper copies of the handbook and manuals, please e-mail Patricia Bartley at

For a paper copy of the catalog or the complete Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 contact Kate Fitzkappes at

To obtain a copy of the report on student diversity contact Patricia Bartley at

LSTC is required by federal law to post the following policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes. You may also request a paper copy of this report by contacting Laura Wilhelm, Executive for Administration, by email to

View the Annual Security and Fire Report for 2015 [PDF]

View the Crime Statistics and Fire Safety Report for 2015 [PDF]

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