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 170 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 and graduate theological education, we offer this page as a collection of resources. We are pleased and privileged to welcome you to the community.
August 11-13 (international), August 25-27 (domestic)
August 28 – September 1
September 5, 2023
Remember to fill out your FAFSA to see if you qualify for federal student aid.
Get a head start on planning your finances with our budgeting worksheet.
Garrett offers a wide range of affordable residential housing options. 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.
The city of Evanston is our home. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan and just north of Chicago, it features numerous cultural outlets, an excellent public school system, thriving business districts, and many public lakefront recreation activities and beaches.
Chicago is just a short “L” ride away. You can experience the best of what Chicago has to offer – world-class museums, concerts, theaters, miles of beaches and trails along Lake Michigan – any (or every) day of the week!
Parking is available through the seminary, Northwestern University, or the City of Evanston. The Office of Housing and Events 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”.