Getting Started

Become a Green River Gator today!

GRC is operating remotely through summer quarter. All GRC locations remain closed to the public, with the exception of programs approved for in-person instruction under Washington State's High Education Reopening Plan, including our Trades, Natural Resources, Aviation, Health Science and Nursing programs.

The College will operate in a hybrid-model for Fall 2021, with increased in-person instruction and expanded student services throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, while continuing to offer remote instruction and online student services. View GRC Phased Reopening Plan for Summer & Fall 2021.

GRC is a vaccinated college. All are welcome to Green River College, regardless of their vaccination status. Employees and students will need to verify that they have been fully vaccinated unless they are claiming a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second Moderna or Pfizer dose, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose J&J vaccine. Students and employees who have verified that they are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering on campus. Anyone who is visiting campus, not fully vaccinated, or have not verified their vaccination status must wear a face covering at all times while at any GRC location. Individuals who are vaccinated but would still like to wear a face covering are encouraged to do so. Please visit Steps to Visit Campus prior to arriving on campus.

As GRC prepares for a phased return to campus for fall of this year, the College strongly encourages all members of our Gator community-students, staff and faculty-to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect the health and safety of all. A list of vaccination sites and available appointments are found here: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/.

Apply to Green River College

You've done your research and explored your options, and you know that Green River College is the place for you. Now it is time to apply.

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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.

Apply Online Now

Clicking "Apply Now" will take you to the Web Admissions Center for Washington State Community and Technical Colleges.

Current high school students wanting to participate in Running Start must complete this application as the first step in the enrollment process.

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Earn Your Degree or Certificate

Earn a degree or certificate at Green River College as a new, returning, or transfer student.

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Earn College Credit through Running Start

This dual credit option allows juniors or seniors in high school to earn college credit that may apply to both high school graduation requirements and a college degree, tuition free!

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Earn Your High School Diploma or GED®

Green River College offers multiple options for all ages so you can earn your high school diploma or GED®.

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Advance Your Career, Stay Current, Have Fun!

From short-term, non-credit certificate programs, professional development, technology courses, personal enrichment, and programs for seniors or kids, there’s something for everyone through Green River College Continuing and Community Education!

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Learn or Improve English

Green River College's English learning program offers six levels of English and additional support classes. There are classes in the morning and evening on the main campus and sites in Kent and Auburn.

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Study as an International Student

The International Programs department at Green River College is here to help international students achieve their dreams. Transfer to top universities, finish high school, improve English, experience the American college life, and more!

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Welcome Desk

Our knowledgeable staff are here to assist you!

We offer information, resources and services to support your enrollment in Green River College.

The Welcome Desk is located in the Student Affairs and Success Center (SA) on the Main Campus in Auburn. Visitor parking is located in lot P8, which is accessed via the east entrance to campus. Visitors utilizing parking must obtain a parking pass from Campus Safety.

If you need further assistance please contact us at 253-333-6000 or email gettingstarted@greenriver.edu.

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Campus Tours

Green River offers group and individual tours for potential students throughout

All tours begin at the Welcome Desk on the first floor of the SA building and take approximately 45 minutes. Please sign-up at least 24 hours in advance and include any special requests or accommodations.

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