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New Student Orientation

Supporting new undergraduate students and their families in the process of becoming successful, lifelong members of the Evergreen community, through shared experiences and information.
New Greeners meet Speedy the Geoduck at the 2022 Orientation.
We strive to make each student feel welcomed and prepared to achieve academic success, personal growth, and meaningful connections. 

Evergreen's Orientation Program provides the opportunity to:

  • Understand academic expectations and introduce students to the Evergreen environment
  • Develop a sense of belonging within the Evergreen community
  • Introduce support services dedicated to successful student life

New Spring Students

Check your Evergreen student email for your Spring Orientation and Canvas invitations. 

New Olympia Undergraduate Orientation

Evergreen requires all new (first-year, international, and transfer) undergraduate, degree-seeking students enrolling on the Olympia campus for the first time to attend either the Virtual New Student Orientation or the In-Person New Student Orientation. We'll introduce you to our unique approach to education and connect you to staff, faculty, and campus resources. Plan to participate fully in your required New Student Orientation.

Did you miss your Winter Orientation? 

Please make an appointment with Academic & Career Advising.

New Student Handbook 2022-23

Whether you’re a new or returning student, Evergreen’s New Student Handbook and Degree Planning Guide will help you get the most out of your education with resources and tips for the journey to your degree.

First-Year Advising and Registration 

  • After you register, follow these next steps (PDF) to prepare you for your academic journey at Evergreen. 
  • For all upcoming events, check your Evergreen email.

For more information about Orientation email New Student Programs

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Tips for New Greeners

These items will set you up to succeed in your first quarter!

Plan to complete these tasks before contacting an advisor.

  • This New Student Checklist (PDF) can help you stay on track.
  • Review the undergraduate catalog to choose several offerings you are interested in.
  • Have the Course Registration Number (CRN) handy for the course you want to enroll in when your registration time opens.
  • Review the enrollment report to see if space is available during open registration.

Academic and Career Advising

Ways an Advisor can assist you:

Help With Your Application and Admissions

About Financial Aid 

Evergreen—Tacoma student orientation

Tacoma students receive information directly from Evergreen—Tacoma.

Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga, Academic Dean
Phone: (253) 680-3000

Native Pathways Program

Native Pathways Program students receive information directly from the Native Pathways Program.

Dawn Barron, Director 
Phone: (360) 867-6286

International Student Orientation

International students receive information directly from International Programs and Services.

Brynn Smith, Assistant Director 
Phone: (360) 867-6421

Graduate Program Orientation 

For graduate program orientation details, please contact the director of the program:

Master in Teaching

Luis Apolaya Torres, Associate Director
Phone: (360) 867-6559

Master of Public Administration

Marcia Zitzelman, Assistant Director, Public & Nonprofit Administration and Public Policy
Phone: (360) 338-5771

Puanani Nihoa, Assistant Director, Tribal Governance and Tacoma Cohort
Phone: (360) 867-6202

Master of Environmental Studies

Averi Azar, Assistant Director
Phone: (360) 867-6225