Prospective Students


Admission to St. John Vianney Theological Seminary is limited to qualified men who have been admitted into a program of priestly formation. Each candidate for admission must be sponsored by his Ordinary or Religious Superior and then approved by the Rector of the Seminary.  Admission thus has two stages: first, to be admitted as a seminarian for a certain diocese or religious community, and second, to be admitted to St. John Vianney for studies and formation.

International Students

St. John Vianney Theological Seminary is authorized by the United States Department of Homeland Security to enroll international students in its program of priestly formation.

A student whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English before he can enroll in an academic program at the Seminary. A comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is offered at the seminary. A preliminary assessment of a student's ability to do college level work is administered under the auspices of the ESL Program. Normally, a score of 70 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for regular enrollment in academic programs. Permission to participate in individual pre-theology cycle or theology cycle courses is granted on the basis of a recommendation of the Director of the ESL Program and the results of the language proficiency assessment (TOEFL).

Application Packet

St. John Vianney Theological Seminary forms men for the Catholic priesthood and for service to the Archdiocese of Denver as well as the Universal Church. Applicants interested in applying for admission to the seminary should contact Father Scott Traynor, Rector of the Seminary, at the following address:

Father Scott Traynor, J.C.L.
St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
1300 South Steele Street
Denver, CO 80210
Office (303) 282-3427
Fax (303) 282-3453
breanna.demarco [at]
mena.gallegos [at]

Tuition and Student Fees

2013-2014 tuition, room, and board for seminarians from outside the Archdiocese of Denver are $28,570 per annum. Students admitted under special circumstances for a particular course are charged $600.00 per credit hour (All fees are subject to change without prior notice).


Housing and meals are provided for seminarians of the Archdiocese of Denver and those assigned to the Seminary by their local Ordinary.

Insurance Coverage

Health care insurance is provided for seminarians of the Archdiocese of Denver. Seminarians from other dioceses must make arrangements for health insurance coverage through their local Ordinary. All seminarians must purchase their own books and personal items. Students are expected to assume responsibility for auto, fire, theft, and personal possession insurance.

Withdrawal from the Seminary

A student in good standing may withdraw from the Seminary during a semester by submitting a completed "Request for Withdrawal" to the Academic Dean. Each student is responsible for settling all outstanding bills and returning all books to the library prior to leaving the seminary.


Students who withdraw from the seminary before the end of an academic semester will be charged for tuition, room, and board on a pro rata basis, according to the date of withdrawal.

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