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Admitted Students

New students attending Welcome session

Congratulations on your admittance to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary! We welcome you to the City of Evanston, the shores of Lake Michigan, and the campus of Northwestern University. You join a community that is over 160 years old and includes thousands of living alumni who are engaged in ministry across the country and throughout the world.

In an effort to support your transition to Garrett-Evangelical and graduate theological education, we offer this page as a collection of resources. We are pleased and privileged to welcome you to the community.

2017 Fall Orientation

2017 Fall Orientation Schedule

The 2017 Fall Orientation for new students will be August 30 - August 31, 2017, with International Student Orienation preceeding on Monday, August 28. Besides providing time to take care of necessary administrative tasks, the orientation schedule connects new students with their classmates, introduces basic concepts of theological education, and includes opportunities for worship, academic advising, getting acquainted with the Evanston area, and, of course, sharing food.

The theme for 2017 Fall Orientation is “Being Community That Celebrates Difference.” It is our goal to ensure we are equitable, just, and inclusive in our relationships with the variety of diversity we encounter (e.g., racial, ethnic, cultural, age, sexual orientation, disability) within our community and in the surrounding community. Our diversity is to be celebrated and we look forward to welcoming you into our community.

This year, we are particularly excited to welcome multi-media poet and teaching artist Joe Davis. Mr. Davis will guide students through a collaborative writing project and contribute to events and worship throughout the week. During the orientation worship service, Dr. Nancy Bedford, Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology, will be preaching and Dr. Mai-Anh le Tran, our new Associate Professor of Religious Education and Practical Theology, will preside over the Eucharist.

For questions or needs related to 2017 Fall Orientation, please contact Cassidhe Hart, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students, at or 847.866.3948.

Timetable for New Students

For Students Starting in Fall 2017:

June 1, 2017
Registration for fall classes opens

Monday, August 28, 2017
International Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 30 - Thursday, August 31, 2017
2017 Fall Student Orientation

Tuesday, September 5, 2017:
First day of Classes

Wedneday, September 13, 2017:
2017 Academic Convocation Featuring Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe


Students considering federal student loans and aid must submit a FAFSA form.

Please use this Financial Aid Checklist to help you through the various steps in order to receive your federal financial aid monies.

Garrett-Evangelical's Institutional Code is: G01682.

Loans are disbursed after the second week of classes. 

Scholarships are disbursed the first week of classes.

Federal Work Study and on-campus job opportunities are posted on the MyGETS Office of Financial Aid page. Listings for Fall are usually posted after August 1. 

Please note: students must be registered at least part-time for any financial aid. 
(6-10 credit hours for Masters students, 2-5 credit hours for PhD students) 


Apartment and Residential Halls
Garrett-Evangelical offers a wide range of affordable, residential housing. Our apartments and residential halls are usually filled to capacity, and placement is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important to apply for housing early. Housing forms are available at

Preferred residential hall and apartment move-in dates for the Fall is August 25-27, 2017. Early move-in is possible upon availability.

Parking and Transporation
Parking is available through the seminary, Northwestern University, or the City of Evanston. The Housing Office has detailed information on parking options and prices. Due to our compact campus and excellent public transportation, students may not need a car. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers unlimited monthly passes for $100.


Going to Garrett
Seminary starts now! Connect with current students by signing up for Companions on the Journey, connect with your class through Facebook, share your excitement on Twitter, and share pictures on Instagram. Be sure to include the hashtag #G2GETS (Going to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary).

The Companions on the Journey at Garrett-Evangelical (CJG-ETS) Program is a formal organization of current Garrett students selected to serve as intentional peer support for admitted and incoming students. The CJG program participants help incoming students develop initial social and academic networks. Learn more / To participate

Living in Evanston and Chicago

The City of Evanston, home of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University, boasts over 70 municipal parks and over 5 miles of public Lake Michigan beach front.

Information on the local school districts, activities, museums, libraries, parking, shopping, and dining can all be found on the City of Evanston homepage. 

For students with young children, please consult The Early Childhood Guide Resources in Evanston.

Chicago is famously (maybe infamously) known as the Second City, but as our mayor Rahm Emmanuel recently said, "It's a world-class, first-class city, too." Students are encouraged to experience the city's many resources first-hand. 

Explore Chicago - Official Chicago Guide