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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.

The 2019 Fall Orientation for new students will be August 27 - August 30, 2019, with International Student Orienation preceeding on Tuesday, August 20 - Friday, August 23, 2019. 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. For questions or needs related to 2019 Fall Orientation, please contact Cassidhe Hart, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students, at or 847.866.3948.

Moodle is the online learning platform used by Garrett-Evangelical, and all incoming students will be added to a New Student Orientation "class" in early July.  This sample class will not only allow you to get familiar with the ins and outs of Moodle but will also provide you with all the information you need to prepare for your time at seminary. Once you've been emailed your invitation to the class, we encourage all new students to use the Moodle class as their first stop for orientation information. If you are having trouble accessing the class, email

2019 Fall Orientation Schedule of Events

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 2019:

June 15, 2019
Registration for fall classes opens

Tuesday, August 20 - Friday, August 23, 2019
International Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 27 - Friday, August 30, 2019
2019 Fall Student Orientation

Tuesday, September 3, 2019:
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 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. 
(5-9 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 23-25, 2019. Early move-in is possible upon availability - contact the Office of Residential Ministries for more information.

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).

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 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