About First-Year Experience

Your First Year at Evergreen

No matter what you’re studying in college, you need a firm foundation to succeed.

At Evergreen, we have a number of courses and experiences designed especially for first-year students (we prefer not to use the terms “freshmen” or “frosh”). These will help you acclimate to Evergreen and get a firm footing for college. They will also help you to get to know your fellow students, faculty, and staff.

Pre-Orientation Programs 

Evergreen has an exciting pre-orientation program for new students, which runs in late September, just before Orientation and classes start. This is a great opportunity to experience Evergreen and feel at home in Olympia!

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation supports new Evergreen students and their families through the process of becoming successful and lifelong members of the Evergreen community!  Learn more about what to expect during Orientation. 

Greener Foundations 

Most colleges and universities have a “First-Year Experience” or “University 101” course. Find out more  about what makes Evergreen’s student success courses unique!

Academic Programs and Courses 

At Evergreen, we teach and learn in different ways. Our full-time, team-taught academic programs blend multiple classes together. Rather than taking three or four classes, you can take one that combines them all. Read up on our academic programs or visit the academic catalog to learn more.  


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