New Student Orientation prepares students to succeed during the first year and beyond. You’ll find plenty of fun on the schedule and many opportunities to connect with your fellow Greeners.

Orientation Week kicks off with Move-in Day where you’ll arrange and spruce up your new home for the academic year.

New Student Orientation, September 20–25

  • Settle into your new home away from home
  • Meet new friends and learn about your new community
  • Find out where to get academic advice, help starting a career, or other ways to get support
  • Explore academic and student life at Evergreen
  • Learn how to take charge of your education

All new students are expected to participate in orientation and many events are required. You should be on campus and checked in by 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 20. Please plan to participate fully in Orientation Week—it will make a difference for you! Welcome to Evergreen; we’re glad you are here.

Portrait of Naomi Oreskes

Photo: Harvard University

Convocation and Guest Speaker

10 am at the Costantino Recreation Center Gymnasium

Our Convocation ceremony, led by President George Bridges, is a central feature of Orientation Week. Come help us kick off the academic year with our keynote speaker, Professor Naomi Oreskes. Oreskes is professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and co-author of The Collapse of Western Civilization, which is our common reading for fall 2016.

You’ll meet lots of new people for the first time at orientation, with many events to get you accustomed to Evergreen’s one-of-a-kind culture.

Convocation kicks off the school year. You’ll gather with the rest of campus, listen to the featured speaker, and learn the fight song.

Socialize with new friends at fun evening events every night sponsored by Geoducks@Nite.

We’re here to help you get the most out of your education. Advising sessions can help you achieve your goals or set you on a path to a career.

Get An Early Start to Your Evergreen Education

Our pre-orientation institutes give you a leg-up on your education, as well as some academic credits to get you started:

  • The Multicultural Scholars Program offers an engaging, two-credit program to fit your needs and give you a greater understanding of the personal and social significance of multicultural scholarship. 
  • The Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute, also two credits, gives you an opportunity to explore democratic values, engage in community service, and strengthen your skills as a citizen.

Both programs offer a week of great experiences, starting on September 14. You get to come to campus early and start building your Evergreen community. Space is limited, so apply soon. You may apply to both programs, but each is full-time so you can only participate in one if you are selected.

Get Ready

Here are some handy resources for planning your trip:

Reminder: Olympia is a temperate climate, so be prepared to dress for chilly mornings and warm afternoons.

Accessibility Notice

If you are a student with a disability in need of an accommodation during Orientation Week, please contact Access Services for Students with Disabilities at (360) 867-6348 as soon as possible prior to the events you are attending.