New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation supports new Evergreen students and their families through the process of becoming successful and lifelong members of the Evergreen community.


While most students won't be moving onto campus this fall, Orientation has already kicked off and we are excited to support you as the new year begins!


All incoming Evergreen students are expected to participate fully in New Student Orientation, which is designed to welcome you to the College. Over the course of these sessions we will introduce you to our unique approach to education as well as to a variety of resources. Orientation has been redesigned for Fall 2020 and will be conducted remotely. Please plan to participate fully in Orientation—it will make a difference for you!

You can access Orientation by logging into and completing the course called Fall New Student Orientation 2020.

Overview of Online Orientation 2020

All of the following can be accessed through

 Advising & Registration

An online module that will help you prepare for Registration. After navigating through this section, you should be well prepared to register for your first quarter on campus. You will also have the opportunity to connect with an academic advisor if you need additional support. (Approximately 30-60 minutes)

 Community & Connections

After you are registered for Fall quarter, this series of self-paced modules are designed to help you build connections with the college while introducing you to many key concepts and resources that you need to be familiar with before the start of the term. Sections include:

  • Spirituality and Meaning Making (Approximately 30 - 45 minutes)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Approximately 1-2 hours)
  • Sexual Assault Prevention (Approximately 1-2 hours)
 Webinar Series

Building on the previous modules, Evergreen staff from across the College will facilitate a four-day series of webinars to further support you in the work of becoming fully engaged members of the Evergreen community. In Canvas, you will sign up for one of the following series:

  • Series One - August 31 - September 3 (2 - 3:30 PM each day)
  • Series Two - September 14 - September 17 (6 - 7:30 PM each day)
 Convocation & Student Faculty Workshops

New Student Orientation culminates on Friday, September 25, with an interdisciplinary panel of Evergreen faculty and staff focused on this year's Common Read, Rebecca Solnit's 2009 book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster. The panel will be followed by a writing workshop and discussion with faculty and peers on what it means to study at Evergreen. This will be a chance for you to begin your time with us by contemplating your plans, hopes, and dreams for your education at Evergreen and beyond. .




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, please contact Access Services for Students with Disabilities at (360) 867-6348 as soon as possible prior to the events you are attending.