Resources & Partnerships
Academic Accommodations for Disabilities and Medical Conditions
Academic Affairs seeks to support and assist students of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary who are considering or seeking academic accommodations because of disability or health conditions. Krista McNeil, director of academic studies and registrar, oversees the accommodations process and procedures.
The first step to seeking an academic accommodation is to contact Krista McNeil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.866.3978. Reasonable accommodations will only be considered for students who have met with Krista McNeil and filed appropriate paperwork and documentation.
Types of Accommodations
Accommodations can be made for students who have documented learning, physical, medical or psychological conditions. Both long-term and short term accommodations are possible.
Some examples of accommodations that might be granted are: Classroom accommodations (ensuring accessible seating, wheelchair access, etc.); exam and testing modifications, writing support, note taking support, assistive learning systems, readers, audio recordings, large print materials, and other auxiliary aids.
Paperwork and Documentation
Students who are seeking accommodation will need to fill out some forms (see items listed under "Accommodations Packet" below) and review the seminary’s entire accommodation policy.
Documentation of the student’s condition, especially for hidden disabilities or chronic health conditions, must be current, completed, and signed by a professional such as a physician, psychologist, or rehabilitation counselor.
- Accommodations Overview and Application
- Accommodations Policy
- Condition Verification Packet
- The Conditions Verification Packet should be given to a licensed medical or health care professional who can verify the student's condition(s) and suggested accommodations.
Please direct all questions to:
Director of Academic Studies and Registrar
847.866.3907 | email@example.com
The Writing Center at Garrett-Evangelical offers programs to support all students’ theological research and writing. Specialists provide one-on-one consultation at any stage of the writing process, working with you to fine-tune the content, organization, and writing style. Editors and proofreaders help you polish a completed draft by reviewing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as for clarity and flow.
Located on the lower level of The Styberg Library, The Writing Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Stop by to see how we can help, or contact a writing specialist to set up an appointment:
- Dr. Melanie Baffes, Writing Center Director and Student Writing Specialist— firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Diane Capitani, Doctoral Student Writing Specialist—email@example.com
- Dr. Henry Carrigan, Master's Student Writing Specialist—firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing Center activities are coordinated with other seminary offices dedicated to supporting student learning—such as the Styberg Library and the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE).
The Styberg Library
The Styberg Library (formerly the United Library) is the academic library of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The United Library was established in 1981 by the merger of the two collections and is now owned by Garrett-Evangelical. In 2017, the United Library was renamed the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Library (“The Styberg Library”), in recognition of their outstanding leadership in the Forging Our Future capital campaign as well as in previous campaigns. The Styberg Library advances the educational mission of Garrett-Evangelical by expanding access, enhancing the teaching and learning process, empowering research, and facilitating collaboration. It serves Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Bexley Seabury Seminary, Northwestern University, and the wider communities of students, pastors, and scholars.
With the physical collection of about 400,000 print volumes, 600 periodical subscriptions, and other materials including microfilm reels, DVDs, and CDs and the online access to numerous databases and e- books, the Styberg Library is considered as one of the top theological research libraries in the United States. Collection distinctives include rare book collections in the Methodist and Anglican traditions, ancient Near Eastern studies and biblical archeology, rare Bible collections with several outstanding first editions, and manuscript and archival collections including Garrett-Evangelical institutional records, personal papers, and church archives of the United Methodist Church's Northern Illinois Conference.
In addition to collections, the Styberg Library offers ample space for study, meetings, and rest with conference tables, group study rooms, private study carrels, and sofas in the lounge. The library is equipped with public computers, laptops for check out, printing/copy machines, and the state-of-art book scanner which has been highly praised by the community. As a response to the changing needs of the diverse community, the library presents a variety of programming - library research and technology workshops for students and programs for families including children’s story time - throughout the academic year.
The Styberg Library also shares a common catalog with Northwestern University Library. Garrett-Evangelical students have borrowing privileges at Northwestern and can take advantage of its 5 million volumes and 14 terabytes of unique digital content.
Through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), Garrett-Evangelical students also have borrowing privileges at all of the libraries in the ACTS consortium. This means our students have, in addition to Northwestern University, access to more than 2.1 million books, 5,500 currently received periodicals, electronic media and modern language laboratory facilities.
You may now request transcripts online through the Parchment Exchange portal using a credit card. Go to the Parchment site and if it is your first time you can create a new account. On subsequent visits, you can use the account you created previously. Follow the steps to search for your recipient, select electronic or physical transcripts, and pay with a credit card. Your card will not be charged until your transcript is processed.
Alternatively, you may request a transcript by completing the Transcript Form and mailing or faxing it to the registrar. Your signature is required. Requests cannot be taken over the phone.There is a $7.50 processing fee charged for each copy. In an emergency, a transcript may be faxed for an additional $3.00, in addition to the $7.50 mailed copy.
Mail the form to:
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201
Or, fax it to:
Attn: Registrar's Office
Apostille Service for Transcripts
The registrar’s office is willing to submit an apostille request on the student’s behalf when needed. Transcripts needing an apostille are notarized on campus and then submitted to the Illinois Secretary of State for certification. Additional information can be found below.
Because the apostille requires special handling, transcripts needing the apostille cannot be requested through our online portal. To request a transcript with apostille, complete both a Transcript Request Form as well as the Application for Apostille and submit both forms via mail to the registrar’s office. Include a check for $7.50 payable to Garrett-Evangelical, a check for $2.00 payable to Secretary of State, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. A pre-paid Express Mail, Priority Mail, FedEx, or UPS envelope may also be used. These may be addressed directly to the intended recipient.
Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University have a relationship that is almost a century and a half old. Over the decades, the institutions have shared numerous resources, including courses, buildings, faculties, libraries, parking, and technology. Today, the Garrett-Evangelical learning community is deeply enhanced through its relationship with Northwestern through:
- Library resources and access (both physical and virtual)
- Cross-registration for graduate-level courses
- PhD coursework and dissertation advising
- Access to recreational facilities
- Many cultural events and special lectures and programs
Doctor of Ministry students in the congregational leadership, strategic leadership for Black congregations, and preaching as leadership in Hispanic/Latinx congregations tracks also benefit from a partnership with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. This partnership allows these DMin students to earn both a doctor of ministry from Garrett-Evangelical as well as a certificate in nonprofit management from the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Association of Chicago Theological Schools
The Chicago area boasts the greatest concentration of seminaries per capita of anywhere in the U.S. The Chicago area schools are organized into a cluster called The Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). As a member of ACTS, Garrett-Evangelical students are able to cross-register at the other 11 ACTS seminaries.
Together, the schools within ACTS offer a rich network of resources for theological education, making the association one of the outstanding centers of theological education in the world. Available to the approximately 3,200 students currently enrolled at its member schools are about 260 faculty, some 700 courses offered annually, and library collections of 2.1 million volumes and nearly 5,500 currently received periodical subscriptions. Several schools have well-stocked theological bookstores. Most of the schools offer online courses. ACTS makes it possible for students and faculty to pursue their work, study, and reflection with people from many different cultural and theological traditions.
Annabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Garrett-Evangelical and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) have partnered to provide students at AMBS seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church the opportunity to earn a certificate in United Methodist Studies from Garrett-Evangelical. In return, AMBS will provide a set of courses for a concentration and/or certificate in Peace Studies for Garrett-Evangelical students. The curriculum of AMBS places a high focus on peacemaking, creation care, and anti-racism. Students will engage in a deeper understanding of, and commitment to, the biblical vision of peace and justice and its embodiment in the world.
Some of these courses will be made available online, some by intensive courses in January and the summer, and some during regular semester terms on the campuses in Evanston or Elkhart, IN. Another component of the partnership is that each school will also provide staff to advise students in fulfilling the expectations for these certificates.
Brite Divinity School
Garrett-Evangelical and Brite Divinity School have partnered to provide students at Brite Divinity seeking ordination in The United Methodist Church the opportunity to earn a certificate in United Methodist Studies from Garrett-Evangelical.
Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago
The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy (CRPC) is a not-for-profit organization in Chicago offering psychotherapy and pastoral counseling for adults and adolescents, individuals and couples, since 1965. It is fully accredited as a clinical and educational site by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Staff members are licensed by the state of Illinois, and have been trained both in psychodynamic psychotherapy and in the engagement of the spiritual and religious dynamics of human experience. CRPC provides the clinical training and much of the academic work required for Garrett-Evangelical students on the Clinical Track in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling or the Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Theology, Personality, & Culture programs to sit for the State of Illinois’ licensure exam for clinical professional counselors (LCPC).
Chicago Theological Seminary
Garrett-Evangelical and Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) cooperate in a program that enables Garrett-Evangelical students to complete a concentration in LGBTQ studies and CTS students to complete a United Methodist Studies certificate. Garrett-Evangelical students wishing to complete the concentration will take a minimum of five courses that CTS offers as a part of their certificate program. Where possible these five courses should cover these four different areas – Theory, Practice, Biblical background, and Theological background – plus one elective course in the concentration area. Courses are offered at CTS in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Students completing the concentration will have it reflected on their Garrett-Evangelical transcripts.
To assist students at CTS in meeting United Methodist ordination requirements, Garrett-Evangelical offers a certificate in United Methodist Studies. This certificate consists of 15 semester hours which meet six key United Methodist educational requirements - United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity; Evangelism; Mission of the Church in the World; and Worship.
CTS and Garrett-Evangelical are both members of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), and students can register at either school using the ACTS cross-registration form available through their home school registrar’s office.
Eden Theological Seminary
Garrett-Evangelical and Eden Theological Seminary cooperate in a program that enables students to attend as Guest Students at each school. Garrett-Evangelical students may take courses at Eden to fulfill elective credits or as part of a program concentration. Students would select courses in consultation with their program advisor. Registration would take place in consultation with the Garrett-Evangelical Registrar.
To assist students at Eden in meeting United Methodist ordination requirements, Garrett-Evangelical offers a certificate in United Methodist Studies. This certificate consists of 15 semester hours which meet six key United Methodist educational requirements - United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity; Evangelism; Mission of the Church in the World; and Worship.
Hispanic Summer Program
The Hispanic Summer Program is held each year at one of several seminaries that sponsor this two-week program. Hispanic/Latinx students and bilingual students who are interested in Hispanic ministries may enroll in only one three-credit course per summer, toward a Garrett-Evangelical degree. Instruction is in Spanish and English, covers a wide range of the theological curriculum, and focuses on the Hispanic/Latino church and Hispanic ministries within multicultural settings. Financial assistance for travel, housing, and tuition is provided by sponsoring institutions.
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Garrett-Evangelical and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary have partnered to provide students at Louisville Presbyterian seeking ordination in The United Methodist Church the opportunity to earn a certificate in United Methodist Studies from Garrett-Evangelical.
Loyola University of Chicago
Garrett-Evangelical and the School of Social Work of Loyola University of Chicago have a cooperative agreement for a dual degree program that enables a student to fulfill the requirements of the Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical and the Master of Social Work degree at Loyola University in four years of full-time study. Selected courses may be applied to the respective degrees at each school. Students must be admitted to both schools.
North Central College
Beginning Fall 2019, junior and senior North Central College undergraduate students in good academic standing with at least 12 hours of religious studies courses will be eligible to enroll in online, summer-intensive or traditional graduate-level courses at Garrett-Evangelical. Student can either count the courses toward their North Central electives or accumulate up to 15 credits of graduate coursework toward a future master’s degree at Garrett-Evangelical or elsewhere.
Sioux Falls Seminary
On January 26, 2018, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Sioux Falls Seminary received approval from the University Senate of The United Methodist Church to engage a pilot cohort of United Methodist students in the Kairos Project, which offers a competency-based master of divinity program, at Sioux Falls Seminary. Garrett-Evangelical will provide a portion of the Kairos Project curriculum including courses required for ordination in The United Methodist Church, as mandated in The Book of Discipline.
University of Chicago Divinity School
Garrett-Evangelical and the University of Chicago Divinity School cooperate in a program that enables students to attend as Guest Students at each school. Garrett-Evangelical students may take courses at the Divinity School to fulfill elective credits or as part of a program concentration. Students would select courses in consultation with their program advisor. Registration would take place in consultation with the Garrett-Evangelical Registrar.
To assist students at the Divinity School in meeting United Methodist ordination requirements, Garrett-Evangelical offers a certificate in United Methodist Studies. This certificate consists of 15 semester hours which meet six key United Methodist educational requirements - United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity; Evangelism; Mission of the Church in the World; and Worship.