Student Affairs

Welcome to Green River College


Green River students

Admission to the college is open to anyone who has a high school diploma, GED®, or is at least 18 years old. Green River welcomes people of all income levels, backgrounds and previous educational experience.

Check your email within 2 days of applying for notification of your student identification number (SID) and follow instructions for setting up your Green River – issued student e-mail account.


Green River College implemented College Policy GA-25. This policy states that “the college has the right to send official communications to [Green River issued] e-mail addresses,” and “The College will use this address for official communications with all students.”

New student acceptance letters will be e-mailed to students [Green River issued] e-mail address within 2 to 4 business days of receiving their student identification number (SID).

For information on campus incident statistics, please visit the Campus Safety web page.

We regret that Green River College cannot offer eLearning classes to students who live in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Texas.

Please see our information for out of state students if this applies to you.

International students, please see specific department for admissions.

Running Start students, after applying for admissions please see the Running Start page for steps to get started.

If you have any questions, please contact Enrollment Services. We are happy to help. Our number is: (253) 833-9111 ext 2500.


Getting Started

For the five easy steps to getting started, visit the Future Student page and follow the steps.

When to Apply

Students who plan to start classes fall quarter may apply any time beginning December 1 of the preceding year. Students who plan to begin their studies winter, spring or summer quarter may apply any time prior to the beginning of that quarter.

Students may begin most programs any quarter, but some professional/technical programs begin fall quarter only. See the Areas of Study section to determine program entry times.

Age Exception Policy

The following guidelines apply to the admission of those persons who do not meet general admission requirements.


Students under the age of 18 who have not earned a diploma or the equivalent from an accredited high school may be admitted only upon appropriate release from their high school. Home schooled and Running Start students are also subject to the special admission requirements outlines below. Students will be required to submit a High School Release Form or Running Start Authorization signed by the appropriate high school official when they apply for admission. Applications for underage students must have a signed release form attached in order to be processed.

Students under the age of 16 normally will not be admitted. If a potential student will not turn 16 during their first quarter of enrollment, the student must contact the Director of Career and Advising Services to seek an exception.