Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Getting Started

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Congratulations and welcome new students! We are very excited to have you join our academic community and we look forward to getting to know you better during New Student Orientation. We hope the information on this page will make your first days easy and enjoyable. 

New Graduate Student Orientation 

Monday August 27th, details will be posted soon. 
Hosted by DSPT for students admitted for Fall 2018 at 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley

The Orientation will offer you the opportunity to become acquainted with DSPT staff, school procedures, services, and tour the school buildings.  Lunch will be included, with time to speak with faculty and current students in a more relaxed setting.  We will also walk with you to the GTU offices to get your student ID card and attend a library and Moodle orientation.  

General Registration

New Student Registration:  Monday, August 27 - Friday, August 31.  All registration is web-based utilizing our Populi program.  

DSPT requires students to meet with their Faculty Advisor prior to registration.  Please contact your advisor to make an appointment before or during the Orientation Week.  Students in DSPT degree programs submit a completed Student Initial Self-evaluation Form to their Faculty Advisor prior to or at this meeting.  All Student forms can be found at

Student Barbeque

GTU student-wide BBQ: Wednesday, August 29, 5-7pm. All are strongly encouraged to attend and learn about GTU student groups while meeting new students from the other GTU member schools.

Thesis Workshop

Students admitted into a DSPT MA program should plan on attending the The Thesis Building Workshop by Fr. Chris Renz, OP, Academic Dean which will be offered during the first two weeks of the semester. The date will be posted shortly.

Student Handbook

All of our school policies are explained in the Student Handbook, in particular, our FERPA release of student information and our Campus Safety and Security policies.  Please familiarize yourself with the Student Handbook prior to Orientation.

If you have any questions regarding the DSPT Orientation or Getting Started instructions, please email the Registrar, Leslie Borquez, at

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