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Student Services

The Office of Student Life uniquely serves the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary community by attending to the well-being of its students. The Dean of Students serves as chief advocate for Garrett-Evangelical students, provides oversight for Student Council (StuCo), and promotes a student-centered environment that fosters development and learning outside of the classroom.


Food for Thought

The Food for Thought Cafe has a number of hot, cold, vegetarian, and ready-to-go meals. Located on the first floor of Loder Hall, Garrett-Evangelical students can purchase meals using their student ID if they have purchased a meal plan or add munch money to their account. Cash and credit/debit cards are also accepted.

On Wednesday nights during the academic year, a community meal is served from 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm at Loder Hall. This meal is provided free of charge to Garrett students and their immediate families (only spouse, partner or children age 3+).

Norris Center

The Norris University Center at Northwestern University, just a five minute walk from campus, has a Starbucks, Willie's Food Court, and Frontera Fresco which was created by celebrity chef Rick Bayless.


Downtown Evanston, a 15-minute walk from campus, has a wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops. To learn more, visit the Dining and Shopping webpage on the city's website.

Writing Center

Writing Center

The Writing Center at Garrett-Evangelical offers programs to support all students’ theological research and writing. Specialists provide one-on-one consultation at any stage of the writing process, working with you to fine-tune the content, organization, and writing style. Editors and proofreaders help you polish a completed draft by reviewing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as for clarity and flow.

Located on the lower level of The Styberg Library, The Writing Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Stop by to see how we can help, or contact a writing specialist to set up an appointment: 

Writing Center activities are coordinated with other seminary offices dedicated to supporting student learning—such as the Styberg Library and the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE).


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary understands the importance of taking care of the body, as well as mind and spirit. Through the Seminary’s relationship with Northwestern University, Garrett-Evangelical students have opportunity to utilize Northwestern’s fitness and health facilities.

Henry Crown Sports Pavilion

Purchase of a membership to Northwestern University's Henry Crown Sports Pavilion entitles the student to the following (although some of the listed items are under review and may not applicable):

  1. The use of Patten Gymnasium for recreational play
  2. The use of Bloomquist gymnasium for recreational play
  3. The use of the Henry Crown Pavilion and the Norris Aquatics Center for recreational play
  4. Participation in intramural league
  5. The use of the outdoor tennis courts (at an additional charge)
  6. Seating in the student section for home football and basketball games
  7. Admission to student sponsored events

Hospitalization Insurance

All students enrolled in five credit hours or more and all Ph.D. students through the second year of coursework are required to have hospitalization insurance, either a current policy, which will continue to provide coverage during tenure as a student, or a policy purchased through Northwestern University. Verification of such health insurance must be made each academic year. 

The Northwestern University plan has two parts: the Hospitalization Plan and the Student Health Clinic for outpatient services. Students enrolled in the Northwestern hospitalization insurance plan are also automatically enrolled in the health service clinic. Students who have their own insurance may choose to enroll in the health service clinic.

Health Service Clinic

Outpatient health service (clinic) is available to any seminary student enrolled in six credit hours or more, through the Northwestern Student Health Service located in Searle Hall at 633 Emerson Street. There is a fee for each three-month period and is paid to the seminary for students to have access to the clinic. Students must file a medical history at Searle Hall and pay the fee each period to utilize this service, which entitles students to medical services at minimal cost.

Immunization Compliance

It is a mandatory requirement of The Illinois Department of Public Health that seminary students submit a comprehensive immunization record to the seminary. Those born after January 1, 1957, must present proof of: 1) immunity to measles (two live virus vaccinations given after 1968 and at least one month apart), 2) immunity to rubella, and mumps; 3) a primary series of diphtheria-tetanus; and 4) a diphtheria-tetanus booster within the last ten years. Students born prior to January 1, 1957, are not required to show proof of vaccinations for measles, mumps, or rubella but must show proof of a tetanus booster done within the last ten years. Records are audited annually by the state and must be in compliance prior to registration.

Although it is not required at the present time, a recent intermediate strength tuberculosis skin test is encouraged. The Student Health Service at NU provides, at minimal cost, immunizations or tests to prove students have had the diseases in question. Further information can be obtained by calling the Student Health Service at Searle Hall at 847-491-8100 for current costs and appointments.

For students covered by the Northwestern University health clinic plan, the student health service at NU provides, immunizations or tests to prove students have had the diseases in question.

Academic Accommodations for Disabilities and Medical Conditions

Academic Affairs seeks to support and assist students of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary who are considering or seeking academic accommodations because of disability or health conditions. Ms. Krista McNeil, Director of Academic Studies and Registrar, oversees the accommodations process and procedures.        

The first step to seeking an academic accommodation is to contact Ms. Krista McNeil at or 847.866.3978. Reasonable accommodations will only be considered for students who have met with Ms. McNeil and filed appropriate paperwork and documentation.

Types of Accommodations

Accommodations can be made for students who have documented learning, physical, medical or psychological conditions. Both long-term and short term accommodations are possible.

Some examples of accommodations that might be granted are: Classroom accommodations (ensuring accessible seating, wheelchair access, etc.); exam and testing modifications, writing support, note taking support, assistive learning systems, readers, audio recordings, large print materials, and other auxiliary aids.

Paperwork and Documentation

Students who are seeking accommodation will need to fill out some forms (see items listed "Accomodations Packet" below) and review the seminary’s entire accommodation policy.

Documentation of the student’s condition, especially for hidden disabilities or chronic health conditions, must be current, completed, and signed by a professional such as a physician, psychologist, or rehabilitation counselor.

Accomodations Packet

Please direct all questions to:
Krista McNeil
Director of Academic Studies and Registrar
847.866.3907 |



Parking is an acknowledged challenge here in Evanston and on campus, but with a little planning and forethought, it is not an insurmountable problem.

At the Apartments

  • Maple/Noyes Lot: $45 per month for apartment residents only. Maple and Maple/Noyes residents served first; Sherman residents only if spots remain. You must have the sticker on your car; if you are towed, it will be very expensive.
  • Street parking: Please see the City of Evanston website for the latest information on street parking in Evanston.
  • Guest parking: If you pay for a spot in the Maple/Noyes lot, you may give your spot to a visitor, use it for a loaner of your own, etc. BUT you MUST get another sticker from us for whatever car you park in that lot or the car will be towed. Notes left on the windshield do not count.
  • City hangtags: The City of Evanston has hangtags for guests available from the City parking office for about $.20 each. Take your lease with you to purchase. You must use a new hangtag each day and fill it out in pen, not pencil.

On Campus

  • Garrett Student Passes: Northwestern University allows our students to purchase passes for the big parking lot just to the south side of our campus. NU students are not permitted to buy passes for that lot. See the Northwestern University parking maps here for more information.  Take your Garrett ID to the NU Parking Office at 1819 Hinman Ave. (847-491-3319) between 8:00AM and 4:00PM to get:
    1. A day pass hangtag (white, NOT yellow); need a new one each day that you park
    2. A yearly pass
    3. A quarterly pass (the first would be good from the beginning of the fall semester until Christmas break)
  • Northwestern University Visitor's pass: This is a yellow hangtag that you can usually purchase (assuming we have a supply on hand) get from our front desk, or from the NU parking office. It is good for one day only (you must have the date scratched off or they will ticket your car). This pass is NOT good for the big lot next to our campus; if you purchase one of these you must park in any of the NU visitor lots, the nearest of which is across Sheridan Rd. just north of the Seabury campus. Other lots are further away - about a 10 minute walk back to Garrett.  See the Northwestern University parking maps here for more information.
  • Garrett Visitors Lot on Garrett Place: Please note that this is first and foremost a Visitor's lot and not a student lot. There will be many days when we will permit students to park in this lot, and many days when we cannot permit student parking because of an event or group on campus who will be using the lot. You may use this lot on a walk-in basis when it is available. You may also call as much as a week or two in advance to the front desk (847-866-3900) to make a reservation, at which time you should be able to find out if there will be space available. You may pay cash or check at the desk or have a charge placed on your student account. No credit cards will be accepted for charges. You will get a magnetic card to use to get into the lot and also to get out of it. You may come and go as many times as you want that day, but the card must be returned at the end of the day as you leave the lot the last time (slide the card into the return box on your way out) or you will have your student account charged $40 for a lost card. Cards will be locked out overnight and will not be good the next day.

Garrett Place Store

Garrett Place is your one-stop-shop for Garrett Gear, snacks, toiletries, gifts, and more. Located in Loder Hall, Garrett Place is open year round and students living on campus can use their meal plan points to purchase items. Cash and credit cards are also accepted.