Dear Current and Future Students,
Evergreen has a Fall 2020 quarter planned like no other, with amazing programs and courses to help you toward your degree. While COVID-19 means almost all our offerings will be remote, that’s no reason to wait on your education. Take a look through the academic catalog and you’ll find dynamic and relevant programs aimed at preparing you for a successful future. Take some time to apply for financial aid to cover tuition and living expenses.
I’m excited to welcome you as part of our adaptive and resilient community, tell you about changes we have made to keep you safe, and describe how to prepare for Fall Quarter, which begins September 28 at Evergreen.
Health and Safety
Evergreen has a thorough Campus Safety Plan, which lays out our guidelines for campus operations.
Anyone who must be physically on campus will be required to wear a mask or face covering, follow social distancing protocols, and complete a Health Verification Form. If you live on campus, you will complete the form each day you go to main campus and enter a building. As the pandemic continues, we will flex and adapt our safety protocols to reflect the most recent developments and information. Check our website for regular COVID-19 updates.
Teaching and Learning
Evergreen is built on the principle of change, which has helped us plan how to serve students in these dynamic times. We have been working hard over the summer to design remote programs and courses with activities that build a peer community and translate our high-impact model into effective online teaching and learning. In-person learning will be limited to a few highly experiential offerings.
A good way to understand what’s available is by reading descriptions in our academic catalog. Program and course offerings are regularly updated. If you need help understanding a description or have any questions, email your faculty or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need advice on what to choose in order to make progress toward graduating, contact Academic and Career Advising at email@example.com.
Living on Campus
Housing is available on campus if you need a place to live and attend Evergreen. If you sign up for housing, you will have a single room in four-bedroom apartments sharing a kitchen and bathroom. Food services at the Greenery will be open for grab-and-go dining, and in-person dining if feasible. Housing staff will be working primarily remotely and will be communicating regularly with you about services and resources. The apartments will remain open through Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks.
We are committed to supporting you with the resources you need to learn and thrive at Evergreen.
Advising staff can help you with registration, academic and career planning, and provide referrals and resources. Our teams in Inclusive Excellence and Student Success, First Peoples Multicultural Trans and Queer Support, TRiO, and Upward Bound are ready to support your success at school and in building community. Student Activities will offer limited virtual opportunities for existing clubs and student governance groups. Advisors are excited to meet with students by appointment.
Online, you can also get academic computing and technology support, electronic library resources and reference help, tutoring in math and writing, and arrange to check out physical items like books and Chromebooks with advance planning and curbside pickup. Media Loan also offers extended loan periods and contactless pickup by appointment.
There are plenty additional updates and services available, and you can check Evergreen.edu for more. In the meantime, now that you have a sense of Fall Quarter, it’s a great time to register, or even apply if you haven't done so. Take advantage of this moment to apply for financial aid, invest in your future and acquire an education that will prepare you for what comes next.
As we build the kind of world we want to live in, Evergreen graduates will be leading the way, as they often do. I hope you will be one of them, and with us this fall.
George S. Bridges
The Evergreen State College