Greener Foundations

Greener Foundations: Especially for First-Years

If you are a first-year student – this is a class for you!

Greener Foundations, a fall and winter 2-credit class for first-year students, is designed to help new students transition successfully to academic and student life at Evergreen.  Students will connect with the Evergreen community, campus resources and opportunities, while developing skills essential for academic success, and begin to discover their own purpose and potential at Evergreen.

We know that college is a different experience than high school. We know that Evergreen’s freedom of choice, team-taught classes, and narrative evaluations give students a unique college experience. We’re proud of our differences, and ready to help you navigate the Evergreen experience.

You’ll spend a couple of hours a week getting to know your fellow students, learning about Evergreen and its history, drawing up your academic plans, getting to know faculty and advisors, visiting various offices and resources on campus, exploring your education, getting out into the community, and having fun!

Who It Is For?

Greener Foundations is specifically designed for students new to college, no matter your age. If you’re coming directly from high school, or after a gap year or two, Greener Foundations is for you! If you are transferring from another institution and are still in your first year of college, Greener Foundations is for you! If you have completed some college-level course work while in high school through Running Start or College in the High School, Greener Foundations is also for you!

There are three learning outcomes for Greener Foundations, all of which are intended to help students connect today and excel tomorrow.

  • Connect with the Evergreen Community
  • Foster Academic Success
  • Engage in Personal Development

These learning outcomes are achieved through meaningful assignments, readings, videos, and in-class discussions and activities. For more information, view a sample syllabus. This sample syllabus provides a breakdown of topics covered in Greener Foundations last year. For fall of 2021, the program will be a 2-quarter class and new content will be added.

If you feel there is a reason why you should be able to opt-out of Greener Foundations, please use this exemption form to apply.

How to Sign Up

All you have to do is register! Any first-year student who is registering for an Academic program will receive a course registration number that asks them to also register for Greener Foundations.

For more information about Greener Foundations, write to any member of the First-Year Experience Leadership Team: