It is necessary to conduct background checks for all applicants for on-campus studies and most distance learning students. Each applicant must authorize Southeastern to obtain a background check in order to satisfy the admission requirement.

The only exclusion to the background check are special exemptions made for distance learning students who are admitted through a short application for one course off-campus. The Admissions Office has the right to administer the exemption as necessary.

Failure to undergo the background check will result in exclusion from admission consideration. If the background check indicates criminal behavior the applicant may not be awarded admission. Students may appeal the decision, and will have the opportunity to present information disputing the background check.

Instruction for Ordering a Background Check through Open Desk

About Open Desk

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary partners with a secure, third party platform, Open Desk, to obtain an official background check for the application evaluation process. The background report may include information about your character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and/or mode of living. These reports may contain information regarding your criminal history, social security verification, motor vehicle records (“driving records”), verification of your education or employment history, or other background checks.

Required Personal Information

In addition to entering your full name and date of birth, you will be asked for your Social Security Number, current address, phone number and e-mail address.

Payment Information

At the end of the ordering process, you will be prompted to pay Open Desk a $25 fee. (You may use Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover.)

How to Order Background Check

Visit the Open Desk website. You will be guided through the ordering process at their website.

How to View Your Results

Your results will be posted directly to your Open Desk account. You will be notified if there is any missing information needed in order to process your order. Although 95% of background check results are completed within 3-5 business days, some results may take longer. Your order will show as “In Process” until it has been completed in its entirety. The Admissions Office can also securely view your results online with their unique username and password.

If you need to view your background report, please contact [email protected] for more information.