Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to be formally admitted to the college to start my studies?
- What is a Special Student?
- Can I take classes if I already have a Bachelors' degree?
- How do I get college credit for prior college course work?
- Can I get credit for life experience or work experience?
- How much does it cost to attend?
- How do I apply for financial aid?
- What can I study?
- Are there classes for new or returning students?
- What would my class schedule be like?
- What's the difference between a Program and a Course?
- When is the next Academic Fair?
For many more answers regarding support and advising, please see the Academic Advising web pages.
- Are there other working adults in class?
- How do I contact faculty?
- Is childcare available?
- How am I going to find the time to attend class and do homework assignments?
- Are campus offices open during the evening or on weekends?
No. You will need to be formally admitted to receive your degree and to transfer in any qualifying credits from other schools, but you can begin your studies at Evergreen as a Special Student without having to do anything other than register for the classes you want to take for the upcoming quarter.
A special student is someone who has not yet gone through the formal admission process at Evergreen. A special student can take up to eight credits per quarter simply by registering for the classes that interest them. All the credits earned as a special student will count toward a degree once a student is admitted. This is the easiest way to get started.
Yes. You can take classes for professional development, personal growth, or just for fun by registering as a Special Student, or you can apply for formal admission to work toward a second Bachelors' degree from Evergreen.
Evergreen has a generous policy regarding the acceptance of credit from other colleges and universities. The award of transfer credit is done when you apply and are accepted for admission to the college and you pay your tuition deposit. See the college's Transfer Policy for more details.
Evergreen's Prior Learning from Experience (PLE) program recognizes that learning results not only from academic studies, but also from life experience. At Evergreen, students can apply to the college to receive credit for knowledge gained from such experience. It is important to understand that credit is never awarded for experience alone, but for the demonstration that the student has gained college-level learning as a result of the experience. This is done through the development of an extensive portfolio document that describes the experience and analyzes the knowledge gained through a combination of autobiographical and expository writing and research. For more details see the PLE web site .
Evergreen also awards credit for some learning that earns a certificate acknowledging participation and completion of a workshop, seminar, training program, etc. This review process is performed after a student has been admitted to Evergreen. A completed certificate evaluation cover sheet, pamphlet and course outline and/or syllabus for the course or learning must accompany each certificate submitted.
Your tuition will depend on the number of credits for which you register in a given quarter. Students registered for nine credits or fewer pay on a per-credit basis, while students registered for ten to eighteen credits pay a flat fee. Tuition also depends on whether or not you are a resident of the state of Washington.
Tuition is set each year by the Washington State Legislature.
Financial aid is available to students who have been formally admitted to Evergreen. We recommend that you apply as early as possible to ensure full consideration of your financial aid application. All new special students and admitted students are welcome to apply for a one-time Evening and Weekend Studies tuition waiver.
One main purpose of the evening and weekend curriculum is to provide access to Evergreen's interdisciplinary, liberal arts education in a schedule which meets the needs of working adults and others who cannot attend full-time, daytime programs. We offer evening and weekend classes in many areas. The curriculum changes from year to year, but offerings often include management, psychology, writing, literature, visual arts, art history, dance, music, labor studies, environmental studies, science, mathematics, business, and more. A variety of language classes are available including American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
New or returning students looking for a starting place in Evening and Weekend Studies will want to look at our Entry Points Curriculum. This set of classes is specifically designed for adult students who are new to the college experience or are returning to college after some years have passed.
Classes generally meet after 5 p.m. on weeknights or during the day on weekends. Some program meet both on weekday evenings and on weekends. Intensive weekend programs meet all day on Saturday and sunday five weekends during the quarter. The variety of possible schedules is designed to fit the varying needs of our students and their busy lives.
Programs are the team-taught, interdisciplinary classes that form the core of Evergreen's curriculum. Instead of taking an assortment of classes on isolated topics, most Evergreen students take programs, with faculty members working in teams, each drawing on several disciplines to explore a central idea, theme, problem or question. Programs may last one, two or even three quarters, building on themes developed in previous quarters. Evergreen's daytime curriculum offers 16-credit programs. Evening and Weekend Studies at Evergreen offers 8 and 12 credit programs.
Courses typically focus on a single subject area, run for one quarter and are taught by one faculty member. Courses are usually offered for four credits each, although some may be for two or six credits. A wide range of courses are available in the evening and weekend curriculum, but we strongly encourage degree-seeking students to take an interdisciplinary program rather than a handful of courses. Programs offer students a rare opportunity to develop important skills--students learn to make connections between seemingly disparate concepts, to think critically, to solve problems and to work as a team. Students enrolled in one program at a time also know they won't have to cope with conflicting assignments and class activities.
If you can take more than eight credits, consider enrolling in a half-time program and one related course. If you're new to Evergreen, consider taking Cornerstone Seminar, to plan your studies and career possibilities.
The average age of students who start in Evergreen’s Evening and Weekend Studies is 34. Evening and Weekend Studies at Evergreen is filled with students just like you—adults with work, family and other responsibilities that demand a lot of time and attention. But these students make time to achieve a dream they all hold in common: earning a college degree.
If you need to contact faculty to get a signature or override, or would just like to talk to them to see if one of their classes would work for you, you can either call them or send email. You can find contact information for faculty in the class descriptions on this web site, in the printed Evening and Weekend Studies class listings, or through the online directory. You can also attend the Academic Fair held before each quarter begins.
Childcare is not available during the evenings or on Saturdays. For information on the Campus Children's Center, contact the Center at (360) 867-6060. South Puget Sound Community College is located nearby and offers child care during the evening. Please contact them at (360) 236-1443.
Since most of us lead very full lives without being in school, this is a very good question. It will probably require some negotiating with the important people in your life (spouse, children, partner, friends, etc.). There are 24 hours in the day; nobody gets any more. You will need several hours a week to attend class and study. Try to make an estimate of how many hours it will take. Will you take those hours from your family time, your leisure time, your work time, your sleeping time, your private time --where will you get them? After you have an idea about how you think you can arrange the needed time, negotiate with your family and friends and try to enlist their support before you begin attending classes. If everyone accepts your plan, then ask for their support to help you complete your plan. In the long term, just a little sacrifice on everyone's part should get the job done.
Many of the offices on campus have extended hours to support Evening and Weekend students. Schedules vary for each office. Please see our list of extended office hours for more details.
To learn more about our programs contact the Office of Admissions at (360) 867- 6691