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Visit Campus

On the campus of Northwestern University, steps away from Lake Michigan, a visit to Garrett-Evangelical is the best way to get first-hand information about the Seminary and get answers to your questions about living and learning here.

As Garrett continues to watch and be responsive to what is happening at Northwestern University, the cities of Evanston and Chicago, and within the U.S. and globally, our top priority remains keeping our students, staff, and faculty safe. This is an evolving situation, and, as such, our Leadership Team continues to assess our current reality and to determine the best ways to safeguard our seminary community and the campus moving forward. In the immediate days ahead, we will be working towards maintaining the daily operations of the seminary remotely through Sunday, April 12.

While this means we will not be having any prospective student visits to campus, we are working on a variety of ways to connect with you virtually during this time. Please see below for the variety of ways you can connect with us.

For questions related to:

General admissions items or to set up a virtual “visit”, please contact Ms. Jillian Barker at jillian.barker@garrett.edu or by phone at 847-866-3945.

Your admission or specifics related to admitted students, please contact Rev. Katie Fahey at Katherine.fahey@garrett.edu or by phone or text at 269-277-4894.

To continue your discernment and learn more about Garrett, please be in contact with Rev. Grant Swanson at grant.swanson@garrett.edu or by phone or text at 224-221-6924.

For questions about financial aid and scholarships, please be in touch with Mr. Jason Gill at Jason.gill@garrett.edu or by phone at 847-866-3987.

Please be assured, we will still be able to get you information, process applications, make admissions decisions, and get you registered for the fall semester during this time.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and those around you. And let us continue to pray for those who have already been diagnosed with COVID-19, for our healthcare workers, and others at a high-risk of contracting the illness.

May we leave you with this prayer from our President, Dr. Lallene Rector:
“And now, may the God of Grace, who neither sleeps nor slumbers, calm our fear in these days of uncertainty; may the love of Jesus Christ bind us together and kindle our remembrance of those who suffer; and may the sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit strengthen us for the work that lies ahead in these days of uncertainty. Amen.”

An Individualized Visit

The reason visiting a campus is such an important step in making a decision about where to enroll is because it is the only way to get first-hand information about the institution and your life there potentially as a student. Please come see for yourself what it would be like to be a seminarian at Garrett-Evangelical.

Click Here to Fill Out Campus Visit Request Form

The best days to visit us are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, though we'd be happy to have you on campus any weekday. If you are coming from a distance and your budget precludes you from visiting, please contact our office to ask about funding available to help with travel and housing. We also provide parking passes for those driving to campus.

Typically, a campus visit would include your:

  • Meeting one-on-one with a member of the Admission Office staff
  • Worshipping with us in The Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
  • Sitting in on a class
  • Having lunch with a current student or two
  • Meeting individually with a faculty member in your area of interest
  • Meeting with the Director of Financial Aid, Director of Housing and Events, and Field Education Office, if desired

To schedule a visit, please fill out our Campus Visit Request Form. Questions? Contact us at 1.800.SEMINARY (800.736.4627), at 847.866.3945, or send an email to getadmitted@garrett.edu.

Housing Accomodations During Your Visit

If we are able to grant your on-campus accommodations request, we can provide you with one-night complimentary courtesy of the Admissions Office. 

Additional nights on campus (pending room availability) will come at a cost to you of $100 per night. You can make your payments during business hours in the Housing Office in Main 106 or by contacting the director of housing and events, Mr. Tulani Myers, at tulani.myers@garrett.edu or by calling 847.866.3939.

PhD Visits

Due to the high volume of requests for a campus visit, the admissions office is no longer able to set up campus visits for all inquiring PhD students. Prospective students interested in visiting campus are encouraged to reach out to the faculty members in their area of study to set up a time to talk.

Candidates who have applied for admission and whom the faculty judge are likely to flourish at Garrett-Evangelical may be invited to campus for an interview, with domestic travel expenses paid by Garrett-Evangelical. This will allow both the applicants and faculty members to assess whether Garrett-Evangelical’s Ph.D. program is a good fit. These visits may take place before an application is completed, but are more likely to take place after faculty review of a completed application. The sooner applicants provide sufficient materials in their online applications, the more likely a campus visit could be offered in the fall or early winter before admission decisions are made.

Getting to Campus

See a Map of Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule a visit?
To schedule a visit, please fill out our Campus Visit Request Form. You can also contact Jillian Barker Langford, Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment, at 847.866.3945, and she will be able to assist you. The Admissions Office is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

When is a good time to visit?
The best days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, particularly if you would like to sit in on a class, as the majority of classes offered during the day meet on those days. If you need to visit on a different weekday, please just let us know. 

What about group visits?
The more the merrier! Coming with a group is a great way to experience the campus.

Can a family member, spouse, partner, or friend visit with me?
Absolutely. These people may play a huge part in your life and we understand that you might want to bring them with you. Please feel free to do so.   

Will I need a parking pass if I drive to campus?
Yes, you will. Simply let Jillian know when you email or call that you'll be driving to see us and we'll having a parking pass ready at the main Reception Desk to cover the cost of your parking.

Is there anything I need to bring?
Just your questions, curiosity, and open mind. We would like you to experience seminary life here as much as you can in one day and leave with a good sense of what it would be like to be a seminary student at Garrett-Evangelical. We will provide your meals by hosting you in our Food for Thought Café while you're on campus, so you can experience that part of Garrett-Evangelical, too. You might want to leave your calorie counter at home, though.

I'm interested in your Ph.D. program.  Should I schedule a visit through your office?

Due to the high volume of requests for a campus visit, the admissions office is no longer able to set up campus visits for all inquiring Ph.D. students.  Prospective students interested in visiting campus are encouraged to reach out to the faculty members in their area of study to set up a time to talk.

Candidates who have applied for admission and whom the faculty judge are likely to flourish at Garrett-Evangelical may be invited to campus for an interview, with domestic travel expenses paid by Garrett-Evangelical.  This will allow both the applicants and faculty members to assess whether Garrett-Evangelical’s Ph.D. program is a good fit. These visits may take place before an application is completed, but are more likely to take place after faculty review of a completed application. The sooner applicants provide sufficient materials in their online applications, the more likely a campus visit could be offered in the fall or early winter before admission decisions are made.