Friends Theological College exists to prepare students for ministry. Some are called to pastoral ministry, some to chaplaincy, Sunday school or other educational ministries. In the admission process students must verify that they are called to Christian ministry and specify which particular ministry(ies) they foresee in their future lives. Letters of recommendation from the student’s home church are required, as well as a testimony of the applicant’s Christian faith.
FTC is a programme of Friends United Meeting. Quaker students are given priority in admissions, but Christians affiliated with other churches are encouraged to apply as well. One of the historic testimonies of Friends is that God calls both men and women into ministry, so women are very much encouraged to apply. Many women have successfully completed their studies at FTC and have gone on to significant ministry and leadership.
English is the language of instruction at FTC. Applicants must be able to speak, read, and write English. For students in the lower level programmes, some assistance with the language may be available after enrolling. Students with no English mastery should gain basic fluency in spoken and written English before applying.
Students are encouraged to contact FTC during the academic year before they wish to enter. Forms can be obtained from the FTC office, or by downloading the form here. Among the materials to submit with the application form are: KCSE or Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) documentation; school leaving certificates; and a recommendation letter from the pastor or another official of the applicant’s home church.
Students considering applying for admission are encouraged to visit FTC to meet members of the Admissions Committee, some of the faculty, and the students. Overnight accommodations may be available.
Students may be interviewed by June of the year they expect to enroll for residential programs that begin in September, and by December for school-based programs that follow the calendar year. Applicants will be notified of the action on their applications soon after the interview.
Before applying, students should consult the FTC Code of Conduct. The code defines expectations of personal behaviour and interactions with others, based on principles in Scripture and on Quaker testimonies. The catalogue also contains FTC’s expectations regarding academic honesty.