Life at Candler

  • The Office of Student Programming will be closed over the holiday break, from December 22 - January 1 and will reopen on January 2.

Life at Candler

As a member of the Candler community, take advantage of all the opportunities and programs developed to help you achieve academically, grow spiritually, worship regularly and engage in community with your fellow students.

The Office of Student Programming plans and coordinates the school’s student life and spiritual formation programs and events. The office advises Candler’s chartered student organizations that comprise the Candler Coordinating Council (C3), as well as other student interest groups and student publications. New student orientation programs, academic support, international student support, international study, and referrals for personal and vocational counseling are also functions of this office.

Student staff in the Office of Student Programming, overseen by Ellen Purdum, Assistant Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Formation and Audrey Hindes, Assistant Director of Student Life and Academic Support, help plan events, programs, forums, enrichment opportunities, and other aspects of student and community life.

The Candler Chronicle, an online newsletter published by the Office of Student Programming, informs the Candler community of scheduled events and opportunities.

Community Life

The Office of Student Programming (OSP) is the hub of student activity at Candler School of Theology. Learn about the different ways students build community at Candler.


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Spiritual Life

Spiritual life at Candler takes many forms—from a lively worship schedule, to activities designed to promote reflection, to engaging in dialogue and spiritual practices with other religious communities on Emory’s campus. Learn how spiritual life is essential at Candler.


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Academic Development & Support

Candler offers a variety of programs and resources to help students meet the demands of the classroom. Learn about the kinds of support we offer students for both academic and spiritual growth.


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Health & Safety

Health and wellness, including spiritual, physical and emotional wellness, are essential to students at Candler. Learn more about health and safety provided by Emory University.


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Housing & Transportation

Atlanta is a diverse city with many historic sites, big city perks, the world's largest aquarium, wonderful restaurants and a thriving cultural scene. Find out more about the different housing and transportation options around Emory.


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"I knew I was being led into ministry and I wanted to attend a program that equipped me to be not just a minister, but a scholar as well. Unlike other top seminaries, Candler still has strong ties to the university and there are a wealth of resources available that we as students can take advantage of."
-Jermaine Pearson, MDiv '16