SA-4 Admissions

Provide information and procedures for eligible students desiring to audit a class.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 College.

COMPASS: New students take a computerized assessment for course placement. Assessment is a tool that identifies the student’s skill level in math and reading.

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 which the student currently resides in.

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.

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. Participants take college classes tuition-free, but are required to pay for textbooks, supplies and all fees.

Admissions applications are accepted:

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

Qualified international students are admitted to Green River College each of the four academic quarters. International student applicants should submit an international application form no later than five to six weeks prior to the beginning of the academic quarter for which they want admissions to the college. The admissions process must be completed before the International Programs office will issue the Certificate of Eligibility Form I-20.

Admission to the college is open to anyone who has a high school diploma, GED or is at least 18 years old. A perspective student age 16 to 17 without a high school diploma or GED 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. 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 Career and Advising to seek an exception. Green River College welcomes people of all income levels, backgrounds and previous educational experience.


Returning Students:

  1. Returning students may apply for re-admission one-of-three ways: Online, by phone or in person at the Registration Office.
  2. Once the returning student’s record has been updated, they will be assigned a registration time. Only students who have earned credit(s) at Green River are eligible to register as a returning student.
  3. Students in Practical Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs are required by State Law to submit to a background investigation for criminal history information prior to entry into the program.
  4. Retake the COMPASS if the last assessment is more than two (2) years old.
  5. Once registered, pay applicable tuition and fees by the published due date.

New Student:

  1. New students apply for admissions online. Once their application is processed, they will receive an auto reply which includes their student identification number (SID) and instructions to set up their required college e-mail. Students may pay the $20 application fee with their tuition.
  2. New students will be e-mailed an acceptance packet to their Green River e-mail account.
  3. Apply for financial aid, as applicable.
  4. New students are required to take the COMPASS. (Note: Transcripts from other institutions may be used to satisfy the COMPASS requirement. Complete and submit an Incoming Academic Transcript Evaluation Request Form to Enrollment Services and have the other institution send official transcripts, sealed in original envelope, to Green River.)
  5. Students in Practical Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs are required by State Law to submit to a background investigation for criminal history information prior to entry into the program.
  6. Complete SOAR, Student Orientation, Advising, Registration to receive a registration personal identification number (PIN) which will allow the new student to register into classes.
  7. Pay applicable tuition and fees by the published due date.

Running Start Student:

  1. Apply for Admissions online and pay $20 application fee.
  2. Take the COMPASS assessment
  3. Obtain Running Start Enrollment Verification form from the high school
  4. Submit Running Start Enrollment Verification form to the Welcome Center
  5. Attend Running Start Orientation and register for classes.
  6. Pay applicable fees by the published due date.

High School Completion (HSC) Students:

  1. Apply online and pay $20 application fee.
  2. Once they receive their student identification number (SID), complete COMPASS.
  3. Submit official high school transcripts sealed in original envelope to Enrollment Services, Records Department to be evaluated.
  4. Once the evaluation is complete, they will receive an e-mail notification to schedule an appointment with the Career and Advising Center.
  5. Attend “New Student Orientation”.
  6. Schedule advising/registration appointment with HSC Coordinator. Written approval must be provided to Enrollment Services by the HSC coordinator in order to receive the HSC reduced tuition rate.
  7. Pay applicable tuition and fees by the published due date.

Specific Authority
Admissions – Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, 1964
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972
Green River College Catalog
Health Science Special Admissions Requirement – RCW 43.43.8340 to 43.43.840
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 and RCW 28A.150.209.

Law Implemented

History of Policy or Procedure
Draft: January 13, 2005
Adopted: January 6, 2006
Revised: February 21, 2013
Reviewed by:
Contact: Denise Bennatts, Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar, ext. 2510
President’s Staff Sponsor: Dr. Deborah Casey, Vice President of Student Affairs, ext. 3328