From the Director of Admissions

As the Director of Admissions, I would like to extend a warm southern welcome and personally invite you to visit our great city. Charlotte is one of the fastest growing and most progressive cities in the South where new people are warmly welcomed. From sports teams to great food to cultural events, there is never a dull moment in the Queen City! If you are interested in studying under a top-notch faculty that cares for their students, in a beautiful campus environment, surrounded by fellow students who sharpen and encourage one another in the faith, then you should consider joining us at RTS Charlotte. We believe that the heart and mind are not disconnected and that pastor/scholar ethos is modeled by all of our professors who not only bring the academic credentials but also their pastoral experience. If you are looking to study in a place where the Word of God is held up as infallible and inerrant, and where you can be equipped to study the Scriptures and be prepared for a lifetime of ministry, then this is the place for you.

Please get to know us on this website and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you and encouraging you in the process as you pursue God’s calling to ministry. Please let us know how we can serve you in the process and we sure hope you will come visit and join us here at RTS Charlotte!

Nate Groelsema
Director of Admissions and Recruitment

What's my financial investment?

With the rise of student loan debt, we know that cost is one of your top concerns. Rather than cutting corners to lower tuition, we’ve partnered with churches and believers around the world to offer you a stellar education at an affordable rate.

Why? We believe that no one should have to go deep into debt in order to study God’s word.

Are you an International Student?

We are honored that you are considering moving to the United States to study at RTS Charlotte. Here you can find more information concerning application as an international student. Our admissions team looks forward to helping you on this journey.

Would you like to audit a class?

Auditing is a great option if you want to learn and engage with course material but are not interested in pursuing a full degree and don’t have time to take on a full course load.  If you would like to audit a course on the RTS Charlotte campus, you can request registration for an audit course today.

Campus Life

At RTS Charlotte, we recognize that how you learn will determine how you lead. And community is God’s prescribed environment for both the learning and the spiritual formation which you will model and establish wherever you serve the Church. Surrounded by other believers, you can process out-loud what you’ve learned. You can discuss what you hear in classroom lectures at a break, on the soccer field, or over lunch or dinner with classmates or with professors.

The context of community fosters meditation on God’s Word and protects you from the temptation to lean solely on your own understanding. The structure of the community at RTS is designed to keep the head and the heart in line. Once a week students and professors come together to worship the triune God in Chapel, share a conversation over food, and lift up their hearts in a time of prayer. Monthly events such as the Faculty Forums engage modern cultural and biblical issues and special Women’s events reach out to and serve female students and student wives. For any questions regarding student life, please contact Phoebe Pritchett using the button below. We look forward to sharing this season of life with you!

Moving to Charlotte

We understand that moving to a new city to pursue seminary is daunting and one of the main challenges is finding a place to live. Our goal is to help your transition to Charlotte be as smooth as possible and so we have compiled a list of apartment complexes and a list of local churches to assist you.  Please contact the admissions office using the button below for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, RTS offers a number of generous aid in the form of partnerships, need and merit-based scholarships, and additional assistance. Our most popular scholarship is the Church Partnership program, where RTS matches what your supporting church contributes, up to one third of your tuition. Please check out our financial aid page for more specific information.

At RTS Charlotte, we are committed to helping students and their spouses find a job. While we cannot guarantee a job, we help by sending out a job list and assisting in networking.

RTS Charlotte assists students as they search for living accommodations by sending out an apartment list and alerting our students about other housing options as we are notified. This list includes places that give our students preferred status, which reduces some of their fees and application costs.

We have a great community on campus and our students are very involved. We have weekly events like Chapel, Coffee Fellowship, and Prayer Chapel. Our students also find time to play soccer nearby or basketball on campus. Further, we have events where students gather for cookouts, talent shows, and other times of fellowship.

RTS is non-denominational but does hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Across RTS our students and professors hail from approximately 60 different denominations. We seek to be a place that is firm in our theological commitment to the inerrancy and infallibility of scripture as well as the reformed faith, all the while, welcoming students from different backgrounds.

RTS Charlotte is in the center of the Queen City, which has the nickname of “The City of Churches.” There is a diverse host of churches in the city from different denominations, and we have a recommended list of churches to help students. Often, students choose the church based on the internship opportunities available so that they can apply what they learn in a church context.

Internships are an integral part of the student’s experiences at RTS Charlotte. We have a host of churches that have our students as interns. Many are paid positions and some are unpaid. Currently, about 85% of our students are serving as interns in various local churches.


Presbyterian (PCA, ARP, EPC, PCUSA, OPC) – 68%;

Baptist (SBC, Independent) – 9%;

Non-denominational – 11%,

others – 12% from many other denominations


81% male

19% female


91% White,

4% African-American,

2% Asian-American/Asian,

2% Hispanic-American/Hispanic,

1% Korean-American/Hispanic

We seek to develop pastor-scholars and that begins with our faculty. Our professors are experts in their fields and are well published and experienced in their disciplines, all of them have had church or pastoral experience. With that in mind, our professors incorporate this aspect in all classes with application to situations and experiences. Further, we have an extensive practical theology component in our program that focuses on necessary aspects in pastoring.