Life On-Campus


As a residential student at United’s Dayton, OH, campus, you will find small, face-to-face classes, personal engagement with our faculty and a wealth of community and church resources for theological education. By participating in the United community, you will be challenged to know God better and to serve God more faithfully.

Students, faculty and staff at United build community by studying and sharing together in worship, common meal, ministry groups, social and community events and serving others. United is a diverse community of women and men bringing a variety of viewpoints, cultures and expressions of faith into dynamic interaction. Participants in the life of the seminary have opportunities to grow as people of God in ministry to the Church and the world.

Student Groups and Activities

A liturgical ministry group led by students who prepare the worship spaces for seminary worship celebrations. Fabrics and accessories are incorporated–as appropriate–to enhance the worship experience or to illustrate a worship theme or sermon topic. Sacristans also furnish the elements and dress the Communion table.

Student Council
The Student Council represents the student body at United. Elected by the students in the spring of each year, the Council advocates on their behalf by serving as members of the following standing faculty committees: Masters Studies Committee, Worship and Spiritual Life and Student Development.  Student Council also names a student trustee and two student associate trustees who represent student interests on the Board of Trustees. The Student Council meets at least once per month during the 12-week module of each semester, and hosts student forums, fundraisers, and social activities throughout the academic year.

Young Adult Seminarians Network (YASN)

A local group of a national network of United Methodist seminarians aged 35 and under. YASN is also open to those individuals over 35 who are concerned with the issues of their younger counterparts. The group began in 2004 at Student Forum, the annual gathering of the United Methodist Student Movement.

Other Activities

Student Pizza Nights
Women’s Bible Study
Community meal/chapel