Garrett College McHenry campus offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The wearing of CDC-recommended face masks or face coverings is optional, except for individuals required to wear as part of the isolation or quarantine guidelines.

Employees and students are not required to be vaccinated at this time but are strongly encouraged to do so.

The most up-to-date information on Garrett College's response to COVID-19, can be found online at novel coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page.

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On Campus Living at Garrett College

Why Live on Campus?

Garrett College offers students two distinctive styles of residential living: traditional suite-style housing and two-and four-bedroom apartment-style housing designed to meet the diverse needs of students.

As a complement to the small size and affordable cost of Garrett College’s programs, our residence halls and meal plans allow for flexible, cost-effective housing options. The residence halls at Garrett College are intended to be a place for students to live, and thrive, while working toward achieving their academic goals. While residing in the residence halls, students have numerous opportunities to become involved in student life and activities, develop lifelong friendships, and make the most of their college experience.

Students enrolled in six or more credits can enjoy a full membership to the CARC, located adjacent to Garrett Hall and within walking distance from Laker Hall. The CARC features two indoor pools, a fitness center and group fitness classes and is home to all men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and wrestling contests.

The residence life staff are present and reside in the halls in an effort to ensure safety, security and community among residents. Staff are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It has been our experience that living on campus provides many successful advantages for our students.

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Housing Requirements

You must meet ALL of the HOUSING REQUIREMENTS listed below to be considered for housing:
  • Minimum high school GPA of 1.5 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Score of 221 or higher on the Accuplacer Next Generation Reading Exam
  • Final high school transcript, GED, or transfer transcript on file with GC Admissions Office
  • Full application and deposit payment made in order to process your housing application
  • Pass background check (includes criminal/court records and social media)

All residential students must be in good academic standing in order to live in the residence halls. We endeavor to develop a sense of community and citizenship among residents living in the halls as well as teach students about the rights and responsibilities of living in a community.

Our Residence Life staff is ready to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us at

Video Resources

Virtual campus tour.

How to apply for housing.