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FAQs From Current Students

Email btioffice@bostontheological.org to check! Also search your email for "Boston Theological." Don't forget to check your spam/junk folders!
New Student Registration Form to gain access to the BTI Consortium Portal. Once you have submitted the form, your information and eligibility is confirmed by your home registrar and a BTI Consortium Portal account is created for you automatically. You will receive your username and password via email immediately.
*Note: you MUST use your .edu address to register as a BTI Consortium student, and you only have to register to be a BTI student once. If you do not use your .edu email to register, your application will be denied.
Check your spam! Did you use your .edu address to register? (If not, it was auto-rejected). If you still cannot find your confirmation, email btioffice@bostontheological.org to check.
Email btioffice@bostontheological.org and we can send you your log-in information (username and password). HINT: your BTI username is formatted like an email address, e.g. smith@bostontheological.org
No, unfortunately, cross-registration is only for students enrolled in graduate programs at one of the BTI Consortium member schools.
Yes! Cross-registration is a benefit paid for by your school. You can take classes for free at any of the member schools during Fall and Spring semesters. Sometimes, J-term (January) courses are included. Right now, Summer session is not included.
The number of courses you can register for depends on your school and program. It's best to consult your Home Registrar or your program director for limits on cross-registration.
As soon as we have the complete course guide it will be posted online. Each year, we aim to post the next semester's course guide by mid-April (for Fall registration) and mid-November (for Spring registration). It will be posted here both in PDF with full course descriptions and in a searchable Excel format.
Not every course at our member schools is eligible for BTI Consortium student cross registration. Each school decides which classes are available for cross registration, not the BTI Consortium. To find approved courses, always look at the BTI Consortium course catalog, not the individual schools' registrar pages. Click on the "Course Catalog" button here to see approved courses. Only the listed, approved BTI courses are available for cross-registration.
Your “Home Registrar” is the Registrar’s Office that serves your school (e.g. School of Theology, Graduate Department of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences, etc.). The “Host Registrar” is the Registrar’s Office that serves the department of the course you want to take. A list of links to all BTI Consortium member schools’ registrars and their contact information is HERE.
Once your request for cross-registration (by filling out the New Student Form) has been approved by your school's registrar, you will receive a second email notifying you that you are eligible to cross register through our portal. And check your spam!  If you still cannot find your confirmation, email btioffice@bostontheological.org to check.
Note: This only happens once, after you register for the first time as a BTI Consortium student. Once you’ve been approved, the credentials given in your welcome email are valid for your entire time as a BTI Consortium Student.
Depending on the time of year, the BTI office may just be very busy. The busiest times of year are January and August/September. If you request a portal account during a weekend or holiday (e.g., Columbus Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Week, or the week between Christmas and New Year’s), there will be a longer wait. If more than five business days have passed since you submitted your request, email btioffice@bostontheological.org to follow-up.
If five business days have passed and you have not received notification from your Home Registrar regarding your New Student Registration Form, please reach-out to your Home Registrar.
No. Doctoral Seminars are deliberately small, specialized seminars for doctoral students. If you are a doctoral student at another BTI Consortium school and you would like to enroll in a doctoral seminar, there are a handful of seminars open to cross-registration.
In the portal, you MUST put in the course number correctly. Once you put it in correctly, the rest of the form will show up, auto-populated. If you are entering the course number incorrectly, or attempting to register for a course that is not approved, the portal will not allow you to continue. After you put in the course number correctly, you must fill out all required information and answer the required questions for the “submit” button to appear. *Note: If you think you have encountered an error and have tried these tips without avail, please email btioffice@bostontheological.org with the course number, title and your concern - screenshots of errors are super helpful as well!
Some BTI Consortium courses have prerequisites (languages, advanced courses in certain fields) while others require the professor’s permission. If a course requires the permission of the instructor, you must contact the professor directly to obtain permission. You must obtain professor approval BEFORE you attempt to cross-register. When you receive the approval, reply to the professor and CC both your home registrar and the host registrar. A list of the registrars is available HERE. This ensures that when you register through the portal, both registrars will approve your request.
After you click submit, all confirmation and approval emails will come to the email address you provided in the New Student Registration Form (your .edu address). First, your home registrar approves your request, and then it is sent to the host registrar, who finalizes your request. At each step you should receive an email about the process (check your spam!). If you cannot find any of these communications, email btioffice@bostontheological.org and we can check on your status.
You must contact the registrar that denied your request (either your home registrar, or the registrar at the host school). Note: Just because a course is listed in the BTI catalogue, you are not guaranteed a seat. Just like any other course, they fill quickly, and it is up to the registrars and individual member schools to have final say.
Approval or denial of courses only comes from the registrars, not the BTI Consortium. Remember to check your spam/junk folders or any other filters you might have set up on your .edu address that you used to register as a BTI Consortium student.**Note for HDS cross-registration requests: HDS uses a "shopping period" in September for registration. You will not get a confirmation of approval or denial until that time. We strongly suggest contacting the instructor of the course (especially if it is a seminar [not lecture] course) prior to filing for cross-registration. Your registrars are aware of how HDS registers and will work with students in September should the need arise. Remember, no request to cross-register is complete or guaranteed until the process is approved by both home and host registrars.
A list of the registrars and their contact information is available HERE.
The deadline for cross-registration is the last day of add/drop at either the home or the host institution. Because you are enrolled at an institution outside of your home institution, there is some flexibility. However, please make sure that you make any schedule changes before the latest date at either the home or the host institution. The dates for the current semester are listed in your portal on the menu tab "Drop a Course."
It can be difficult to juggle two academic calendars. Before you cross-register, make sure you can commit to the schedules at both schools. Check out the list of academic calendars.
Sometimes BTI Consortium members offer J-term (January) courses for cross-registration. You complete the request in the same process, with the approved course number (during Fall registration for the Spring semester). Right now, the BTI does not offer summer courses, as most of our member schools are not open fully in the summer session. That said, there are great opportunities like the Harvard Summer Language Program and Hartford Seminary's Online Summer Term! For Summer opportunities, we recommend contacting the Host school's registrar or the summer program director.
Registered BTI Consortium students and BTI Consortium school faculty may borrow books from any other BTI Consortium school library upon proof of school affiliation, by showing school ID for example, and completion of any registration required by the lending library. (This may vary by library.)
Bear with us - this is changing for new students or those who have not requested library access in the past! We will update ASAP. Note: If you need library access immediately, you can usually contact your home librarian and they can help you out. Also remember the power of Inter-Library Loan (see your home librarian for details)!
There is no card! A new online system for borrowing, replacing the BTI Consortium library card, was implemented on August 1, 2018. To gain access to BTI Consortium lending, you must opt-in for your information to be shared with each library when you fill out the New Student Registration Form. This will allow BTI Consortium libraries to verify that you attend a member school. If you are a current student and need to opt-in for access, click here.

FAQS FROM PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

  • You are part of the largest and most diverse theological consortium in the world! 
  • When you enroll at one school... 
  • You may take courses at all ten schools-- over 650 courses taught annually!   
  • You can borrow books and use the library facilities at all the ten schools. 
  • You may chose from the 200 + local, national, and international training sites for field/contextual education that are approved by the ten schools. 
  • No other American city offers Boston’s breadth and depth of theological resources and faculty excellence. 
     
The BTI's 10 schools are religiously diverse, and we work towards interreligious community and learning: the engagement between people of different (or no) religious traditions, with the aim of mutual understanding and growth.The schools are not all alike; rather, our strength is in our diversity. However, we do value sharing time and space with those whose beliefs differ from ours. It is in listening and talking to others that our understanding of our own tradition is sharpened and strengthened. In doing so we gain a better understanding of the people, practices, and beliefs of those around us.
When you attend a BTI school, you will study in or around Boston, the college capital of the US. You'll study alongside tens of thousands of students, studying the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Boston provides a stimulating academic environment along with great restaurants, parks, theater, art, and historical sites.
Studying theology means studying religious faith, practice, and experience. It connects you to the ways these things have and continue to shape the world around us. This ancient discipline still speaks to us today—and is still highly relevant to gaining an understanding of the highly diverse nature of societies around the globe. Some people study theology to better understand their own religious tradition; others focus on another tradition or traditions. This is an inherently interdisciplinary field. Theology includes the study of human culture, meaning making, myths, philosophies, gender, poetry, and politics, among other things.

Theological education prepares students to live lives of compassion, to critically engage the world and its hardest problems.

Recent BTI Consortium graduates have gone onto a wide range of careers: Ordained and lay ministry, Chaplaincy, Higher and secondary education, Mental health and healthcare administration, Community development, Law enforcement, Advocacy and human services, Management and consulting, Nonprofits, Public policy, Law, Conflict resolution and mediation, The arts, Publishing, Communications and media - theology can support your passion!

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