About First Year Experience

Greener Foundations: Evergreen’s First-Year Experience

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

Greener Foundations, which launches in fall 2019, provides all our first-time, first-year students – sometimes called frosh students, or freshmen – with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in college.

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.

Greener Foundations 

Greener Foundations is a holistic first-year student success course that is built into selected full-time academic programs. Faculty and staff collaborate to bring study skills, health and wellness education, advising, and more into the classroom. All of this knowledge is linked to each student’s program of study. 

You’ll spend a couple of hours a week in fall and winter quarters 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! 

The knowledge and skills you learn in Greener Foundations will be supplemented by experiences around the institution. Our staff in housing, student activities, and other departments also have curricula specifically designed for first-year student success.

Who It Is For

Greener Foundations is specifically designed for first-time, first-year students, sometimes referred to as “frosh” or “freshmen.” If you’re coming directly from high school, or after a gap year or two, Greener Foundations is for you! Greener Foundations is also designed to support students who completed some college-level course work while in high school through Running Start or College in the High School.

Transfer students who have successfully completed a full year or more of college study may wish to opt out of Greener Foundations. Contact the Academic Deans (deans@evergreen.edu) for information about the program and the opt-out process.

How to Sign Up

All you have to do is register! A list of full-time programs incorporating the Greener Foundations course is provided below. These programs are clearly described in our Academic Catalog: just search for the terms “Greener Foundations” or “First Year Experience.” 

Interdisciplinary Academic Programs with the Greener Foundations Course

In the 2019-20 academic year, the following programs will incorporate the Greener Foundations course.

• Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media — Faculty: Grace Huerta, Leslie Flemmer, and Michael Vavrus

• From the Earth: The History, Stories, and Social Justice of Farming in the U.S. — Faculty: Kris Coffey, Prita Lal, and Brad Proctor

• Illustrations of Character: Faith, Reason, Ethics — Faculty: Nancy Koppelman and Andrew Reece

• Life With Things — Faculty: Julia Heineccius and Eric Stein

• Public Heath, Human Biology, and Community Resilience — Faculty: Carolyn Prouty and Joli Sandoz

• Studio Projects in Interdisciplinary Art: Material Gestures in a Shared Space — Faculty: Evan Blackwell and Shaw Osha

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For more information about Greener Foundations, write to: