New Student Orientation

DSC 0001New Student Orientation: August 27th-29th

Welcome! We are so excited to welcome our new students to campus. 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. For new students beginning this fall semester, Orientation will begin Tuesday evening, August 26 and go through Friday, August 29.  International Student Orientation will be Thursday, August 21. Below you will find the New Student Orientation schedule. You can find additional information, including documents you will need to read and/or fill out and return before your arrival on our Going to Garrett page.

If you're on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #GETStarted14 for all things New Student Orientation and beginning of the academic year related!


August 26th


5:00 p.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
Welcome and Worship, Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, Preacher

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Loder Hall
Community Meal

August 27th


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Room 205
Introduction to Theological Education at Garrett-Evangelical
Dr. Lallene Rector, President
Dr. Luis Rivera, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
Dr. Nancy Bedford, Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology
Dr. Reggie Bount, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth, and Culture
Dr. David Hogue, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling

9:30 a.m. | Break

9:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
MDiv and  MA Orientation - Room 205
BGTS,  Certification and Enrichment Orientation - Room 211
MTS Orientation - Room 210
PhD Orientation - Room 208

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Room 205
Library and IT/NET ID Orientation

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Room 205
Critical Thinking for Theological Studies
Dr. Luis Rivera, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
Dr. Diane Capitani, Director of the Writing Center, Affiliate Faculty

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Various Rooms
Meetings with Advisers

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Sorensen, lower level of Loder Hall
Get your ID card made, return your forms, check your student account, fill out your ESQ (bring your laptop or table)

8:00 p.m. | Meet in Loder Hall
Bonfire (with S'mores)
Come, bring a friend, bring an instrument!

August 28th


8:40 a.m. | Howes Chapel
Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. | Loder Cafe
All Things Student Life
Dr. Cynthia Wilson, Dean of Students
Ms. Kimberly Russaw, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students

10:20 a.m. | Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Loder Cafe
Financial Aid Literacy and Stewardship
Mr. Jason Gill, Director of Financial Aid
Rev. April McGlothin-Eller, Stewardship Associate

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Loder Care
Lunch with Student Council and Orientation Team

1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Room 205
"Whistling Garrett-Evangelical: Sustaining Hope for All" Workshop
Rev. Ken Ehrman, Coordinator for Field Education
Ms. Elina Rodriguez, 2nd year MA in Christian Education student

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Room 205
Service of Anointing
Ms. Cassidhe Hard, 2nd year MDiv & Spiritual Formation Chair of StuCo

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Meet in Front Lobby of Main Building
Optional: Tours of the Campus

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Dinner at Loder Hall
(Please RSVP via invitation emailed to you)

August 29th


8:40 a.m. | Howes Chapel
Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Meet in front lobby of main building
Train Ride (CTA) to the Chicago Temple in Downtown Chicago

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Introduction to Chicago Temple, SCUPE, City of Chicago, including tour of Chicago Temple

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch at the Chicago Temple

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