SA-4 Admissions

Provide admission requirements and application procedures for new and returning students.

All eligible new and returning Green River students


  • Admission: Submission of an application for admission to Green River.
  • High School Completion (HSC): Program for eligible students to pursue credits for a high school diploma. Students, age 18 and under, are required to submit a High School Release Authorization Form if their class has not graduated. Forms are available from the high school area/district in which the student currently resides.
  • International Student: Non-US Citizen in the United States for the sole purpose of attending school.
  • New Student: A student who has never earned credits at Green River.
  • Placement: Appropriate course placement is determined through a variety of methods identified and approved by the departments and divisions holding the content expertise. Placement methods may include assessments or tests or completion of previous coursework.
  • Returning Student: A previous Green River student, who has earned credits at Green River, but has not attended Green River for at least one quarter.
  • Running Start: A program created by the Washington State Legislature which provides an opportunity for academically-qualified high school juniors and seniors to take college courses as part of their high school curriculum.


Admission to the College is open to anyone who has a high school diploma (or equivalent) or is at least 18 years old. A prospective student age 16 to 17 without a high school diploma (or equivalent) must submit a High School Release Form or Running Start Authorization Form from their respective high school district, along with an application for admission. Students under the age of 16 normally will not be admitted, but an exception is possible (see Procedure section below). Green River College welcomes people of all income levels, backgrounds and previous educational experience.

Qualified international students are admitted to Green River College each of the four academic quarters. International student applicants must follow the admissions guidelines of the International Programs office.


Admissions applications are accepted:

QuarterAccepting Date
Fall Beginning December of the preceding year
Winter  September 1 
Spring January 1 
Summer  April 1 

Returning Students:

  1. Re-Apply for Admissions
    1. Apply Online
    2. By phone (253-833-9111, ext. 2500)
    3. In person at the Office of the Registrar (SA-277)

Once the returning student’s record has been updated, a registration time will be assigned. Only students who have earned credit(s) at Green River are eligible to register as a returning student.

New Students:

  1. Submit an Admissions Application
    1. Apply Online
    2. In person at the Office of the Registrar (SA-277)

Once the admissions application is processed, students will receive an email containing their student identification number (SID) and instructions to set up their required College e-mail. New students will be e-mailed an admissions letter to their Green River e-mail account.

Running Start Students:

  1. Submit an Admissions Application
    1. Apply Online
    2. In person at the Office of the Registrar (SA-277)
  2. Determine program eligibility using an approved placement method
  3. Obtain Running Start Enrollment Verification form from the high school
  4. Submit Running Start Enrollment Verification form to Running Start office (SA-122)

High School Completion (HSC) Students:

  1. Submit an Admissions Application
    1. Apply Online
    2. In person at the Office of the Registrar (SA-277)
  2. Submit official high school transcripts sealed in original envelope to the Office of the Registrar (SA-277) to be evaluated
  3. Determine course eligibility using an approved placement method

International Students:

  • Submit application online
  • Receive I-20 form
  • F-1 Visa interview
  • Arrive in the U.S.A.

Though not part of the formal admissions process, all students have additional steps to take before registering for classes and should review and follow the Getting Started steps.

Underage Students:

If a potential student will not be 16 by the starting date of the quarter they wish to attend, and want to pursue enrollment, the interested party must contact the Director of the Career and Advising Center to seek an exception.

Specific Authority:

Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, 1964
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
RCW 28B.50.090
High School Completion program – Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Information Collection – Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, 1974
Running Start – RCW 28A.600.300 through 28A.600.380, RCW 28A.150.260

Law Implemented:


History of Policy or Procedure:
Draft: January 13, 2005
Adopted: January 6, 2006
Revised: February 21, 2013, August 14, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Suzanne Johnson
Contact: Jenny Park, Director of Office of the Registrar/Registrar, ext. 2510
President’s Staff Sponsor: Dr. Deborah Casey, Vice President of Student Affairs, ext. 3328