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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 165 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.

Timetable for New Students

For Students Starting in Fall 2021

August 12, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Due

August 23, 2021 - August 27, 2021
International New Student Orientation

August 30, 2021 - September 3, 2021
New Student Orientation

September 7, 2021
First day of Classes


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 website. Listings for Fall are usually posted after August 1. 

Please note: students must be registered at least part-time for any financial aid. 
(5-9 credit hours for Masters students, 2-5 credit hours for PhD students) 

For questions about Financial Aid, please contact


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 28-30, 2020. Early move-in is possible upon availability - contact the Office of Housing and Events for more information.

Housing questions can be directed to our Director of Housing and Events, Mr. Tulani Myers, at or

Parking and Transporation
Parking is available through the seminary, Northwestern University, or the City of Evanston. The Office of Residential Ministries has detailed information on parking options and prices. Due to our compact campus and excellent public transportation, students may not need a car. The City of Evanston has many bike trails and students are encouraged to register their bike if they bring it. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers unlimited monthly passes for buses and use of the "L" for $105.


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).

Companions on the Journey is a mentorship program offered through the Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Life that matches new students with 2nd and 3rd year students for guidance, support, and fun. Each month, the new student and their companion will meet at least once to connect through: talking/sharing about a general topic and doing an activity together; being reflective on something together; and being prayerful about something together. You can learn more about the program here.

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 City of Evanston's resource guide to connect with childcare resources.

Chicago is famously (maybe infamously) known as the Second City, but as our former 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

COVID-19 in our Community

Curious to know how we are being affected by the ongoing pandemic? Want to know more about precautions being taken in the community before opening up? We'd encourage you to check out the Illinois Department of Public Health's website to see the latest updates on the virus in our state and local community. You can also review the Restore Illinois Plan to learn more.

To see how Garrett specifically is responding, please review our COVID-19 website for updates.