Transitioning Back to School

Many evening and weekend students are returning to school after years away from the classroom. If you’re a little nervous about going to back to school, you’re not alone, and you can do it.

Evergreen faculty have extensive experience with adult students and can help you structure your work to learn what you need as you go.

Small group discussion

Evening and weekend students (including Rick Jones, center) discuss poverty in America and possible solutions after a talk by journalist Sasha Abramsky. Jones is a veteran, a father, and works full time as a supervisor at a recycling company. He found his passion for history in evening and weekend classes at Evergreen.

Courses for Returning Students

If you want an opportunity to ramp up to your college career, try one of these courses:


Cornerstone is a 4-credit course designed to welcome you to Evergreen. You’ll become familiar with the college while focusing on the joy, adventure, and wonder of learning.

Veterans’ Next Mission

If you are coming back to school from military life, this course will help you translate your military experience into effective strategies for navigating higher education. The course will challenge you to learn to read with perception and discernment, to write with clarity and precision, to be not just critical thinkers but courageous ones, and to find language that will enable you to articulate what you have discovered to be true.

Courses to tackle your math anxiety or develop your writing skills

We regularly offer courses that help you build your skills in math and writing. Not all courses are offered every quarter or every year.

Math: Algebraic Thinking will prepare you for more advanced math or science offerings, while programs like Age of Irony cover quantitative ideas that aren't in formulas.

Writing: Develop or refresh your skills with offerings like On Reading Well, The Practice of Writing, Academic Writing at Evergreen, and Writing as Thinking.

Resources Outside of Class

Advising, career planning, tutoring, and many other services are available outside of weekday hours. These services are open to all students and can help you be successful. Explore all learning and study resources.

If you are low-income or the first in your family to go to college, you may be able to get extra help. The TRiO program offers tutoring, financial literacy programs, and peer support.