New Students - New Saint Andrews College

New Students

Welcome to New Saint Andrews College!
We’re grateful to have you here, and we look forward to getting to know you and to helping you get your first year off to a great start.

Scroll through the links and information below to find out what you’ll need to know as you begin your studies at New Saint Andrews College.

In addition to checking out this page, you are always welcome to give us a call (208-882-1566) or to stop by the main office for help answering any of your questions.

Have a great year!



Prologus is the College’s week-long orientation for Freshman students. View the 2019 Prologus schedule.

Your First Four Terms

The School year is split into four terms of 8 weeks. All Freshmen take the same 4 core subjects throughout the year: Rhetoric, Latin, Music and Lordship.

The Latin class is divided into two groups: Honors and Non-Honors Latin. A placement test is given during Prologus week to determine into which class a student enrolls.

There is a vocal skills component for Music during the Freshman year. For some Freshmen this will be participation on the college choir; for others it will be a vocal technique class. The music director will hear all Freshmen sing during Prologus week and direct each student into one or other of these options.

How Recitations Work

NSA acknowledges the value small-group interaction between an instructor and his/her students. For this reason, the majority of classes incorporate weekly recitations.
In recitations a handful of students gather with the instructor for the purpose of discussing set readings. It is in such contexts that the student is forced to winsomely and reasonably own or dispute the ideas under discussion, under the careful guidance of their instructor.

It is in these small groups that the instructor is able to push his/her students to greater depth of understanding, increased clarity of expression and more thoughtful interaction with the ideas central to the class.

Grading System

The grading system at New Saint Andrews employs a unique terminology. Click here for a guide to understanding our grading system.

Student Life

How to Use Populi

For information on how to use Populi, click here.

What is Disputatio

Disputatio is a weekly gathering of the entire faculty and student body in a forum of public presentation and discussion. Students will have opportunity to hear guest lectures from invited speakers as well as round-table faculty discussions and students led debates and presentations.

Club Sport Options

NSA offers three sports leagues per year: Jerusalem Sevens, Nicea Women’s Volleyball League, and Westminster Term Soccer League.

Jerusalem Sevens is a men’s sevens rugby league. It’s intra-mural (literally, inside “the wall”) with three game days during the Jerusalem academic term. Depending on participation, we have three or four teams, and the winning team is awarded a trophy on the final game day. It’s NSA’s oldest sport.

Nicea Women’s Volleyball League plays during Nicea academic term, obviously. There are three game days and the are either played at the Logos Field House, or at The HIRC (Moscow’s rec gym). Practices are held at UI’s PEB (Physical Education Building).

Westminster Term Soccer League is our newest league. It’s a co-ed soccer league that plays during Westminster Term. Most of our games last year were played at Guy Wicks Field at UI. A trophy is awarded to the winning team.


The college is a non-residential campus, meaning we provide no on-campus housing. Many students board with local Christian families or share apartments with other NSA students. The College expects its students to be mature enough to live independently. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Costs for boarding with local Christian families vary considerably, depending on the living and meal arrangements. Two bedroom apartments typically rent in the $500-$600 per month range, and duplexes and houses go for between $800 per month to $1,200 per month. On average, full-time students should expect to pay about $4,000 for room and board per academic year.

Tyndale Library

Visit the Tyndale Library site to search the library catalog, browse JSTOR, and find information on loan policies, study room reservations, inter-library loan requests, and more.

How to Buy and Sell Books

The NSA bookstore offers both new and used copies of assigned titles each academic term.
To buy books, just go to the “Bookstore” tab on Populi and click on the link that says “See books for courses I’m enrolled in.” This will take you to a list of all the books that have been assigned to you that term. You can filter the list by year, term, course, and required vs. optional books. Select what you want and add it to your cart, and then you can check out online! Your books will be bagged and waiting for you before the start of the term.

You can sell many of your books back to the bookstore during Westminster term. The Bookstore Manager will send out a list of books that will be accepted – check your books against that list and make sure they are in decent condition, and then bring them in to the bookstore. You will receive credit on your student account or the bookstore will write you a check, whichever you prefer.

How to Make Payments

To make a payment in Populi follow these steps:

1. Log in to your account
2. Click on “My Profile”
3. Underneath your name click on the tab labeled “Financial”
4. Click on the “Make a Payment” button
Dress Code

Students are expected to dress in a way which honors God and themselves at all times and are required to dress appropriately for all New Saint Andrews meetings, gatherings, and classes, as well as appearances at school. This includes all seminars, recitations, disputatios, etc. In all respects, the students must strive to have their dress be neat, clean, modest, dressed up, and not shockingly idiosyncratic. The design of this dress code is not to stamp out students’ creativity and individuality, but to provide a standard of dress that reflects the college’s mission to raise up leaders and shapers of culture. In dress–as in all things–strive for truth, goodness, and beauty.

We recognize that any specific dress code can always be circumvented in effect while obeyed in the letter, and a student may technically carry out these rules without achieving the appropriate standard of dress. Therefore, we urge our students to embrace the spirit of the dress code in their appearance. That said, the following rules are rules as such–not guidelines. All students are expected and required to observe them.

General Dress Rules:

  • Students must maintain good hygiene and grooming, both for the sake of the student’s appearance and for the comfort of others nearby. Hair, skin, nails, and teeth should be clean. Facial hair for men and makeup for women may be worn so long as it remains neat, pleasant, and not shockingly idiosyncratic. Clothes must be clean and in good condition, free of odors, stains, rips, fraying, and noticeable holes; neither excessively tight nor wrinkled.
  • Black academic robes (available for purchase from the college bookstore) are required at disputatio, convocation, commencement, and oral finals for matriculating students who have earned 32 credits toward their degree program. Robes do not replace proper dress and must be worn over top of correct clothing as required by the dress code.
  • Students must adhere to the dress code while at school during regular business hours, even if not attending any classes or finals that day. This includes using the library, visiting office hours, and hanging out in the commons.
  • Students must keep their shoes on at all times.
  • Students are to follow the dress code, even if their peers or professors do not. Others’ laziness is no excuse for one’s own.

Standards for Men

Required for all men:

  • button-up dress shirt (no polos)
  • dress pants (khakis, corduroys, chinos, etc.)
  • dress shoes (no athletic shoes, sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, slippers, etc.)
  • at least one extra item (tie, vest, sweater, blazer, etc.)


  • jeans of any color are prohibited


  • jeans are permitted in a dressy cut and dark wash (or solid color) instead of dress pants. Tears, holes, fading, light washes, and frayed edges are prohibited
  • if jeans are worn, the student must elevate his outfit with at least two different extra items instead of just one

Standards for Women

Required for all women:

  • dress


  • dressy top (no sweatshirts, hoodies, graphic tees, or casual t-shirts) and skirt.


  • dressy top and dress pants (slacks, khakis, corduroys, etc. Leggings or tights as pants are prohibited).


  • dress shoes (no Uggs, Birkenstocks, combat boots, athletic shoes, flip-flops, slippers, sneakers, etc.)
  • at least one extra item (scarf, visible and dressy jewelry, dressy jacket, blazer, cardigan, etc.)


  • jeans of any color are prohibited


  • jeans in a dressy cut and dark wash (or solid color) are acceptable instead of dress pants or a skirt
  • tears, holes, fading, light washes, and frayed edges are prohibited
  • if jeans are worn, the student must elevate her outfit with at least two different extra items instead of just one

Concert Performance Wear for Choir Members

Required for all:

  • black choir binder
  • hair must be neat, off the face, and out of the eyes
  • do wear deodorant, maintain fresh breath, practice good hygiene
  • do not wear perfume, hairspray, or strong scents

Standards for men:

  • white dress shirt (must be free of wrinkles; sleeves must be worn down and buttoned–rolled up sleeves are not permitted)
  • solid black dress pants
  • solid black tie
  • black dress shoes

Standards for women:

  • long black dress
  • dress must be at least mid-calf length, preferably floor length
  • black tights must be worn if dresses are shorter than floor length
  • sleeves must be at least three-quarter length


  • black dress top and long black skirt (must meet same sleeve and length requirements as a dress)


  • flat, black dress shoes
  • minimal jewelry is acceptable

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