Student Success

​​​​​​your steps to success  at Evergreen Valley College!

The Student Success Initiative (2012) "focuses on helping students to identify educational goals and develop an informed plan to achieve their educational objectives in the areas of transfer, basic skills attainment, and career technical education." (SB1456)

The following steps ensure that all students are prepared with the essential tools to be successful in college and beyond.

Before taking your first step, watch this video.

 (Video credits: Los Angeles Mission College)


step 1 - assessment 

Take an Assessment Test to determine which English and Math classes you will start with.

The Assessment process is designed to help students determine the best starting point in English, math, reading and English as Second language (ESL) based on their past academic experience and abilities.  The campus is committed to using multiple measures in all aspects of evaluation.

  • To schedule an assessment test, please call (408) 274-7900 x6636

Please have your Student ID ready and bring a photo ID on your placement test day.

  • For more information on Test Preparation workshops, click on the link below. 

EVC Placement Test Workshops (Currently Under Construction)

    • Assessment exams are all followed by Orientation sessions
    • Speak with the Counseling department about other Orientation options

STEP 2 – Orientation

Attend an Orientation to ​learn more about how EVC works. An Orientation is crucial in knowing how to be successful in college.  Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to maintain good academic standing at EVC.

An Orientation provides general information regarding EVC's services and programs.  Students are provided with an overview of transfer and degree requirements, vocational programs, and student services as well as academic expectations, facilities and resources available.

  • To schedule an In-person Orientation in English, Spanish or Vietnamese, please call (408) 270-6475 or email

Note: Please bring all transcripts and/or test scores with you to the orientation.  You will be meeting with a counselor during the latter half of the orientation to develop an Abbreviated Ed Plan.

  • To register for an On-line Orientation, please click on the link below.

   EVC On-line Orientation (Currently Under Construction)

Note: Upon completion of the online orientation, you will need to contact Counseling to schedule an appointment with a counselor to develop an Abbreviated Ed Plan. Please bring all transcripts and/or test scores with you to this appointment.  Counseling can be reached at (408) 270-6475 or email

STEP 3 – Educational Plan

Meet with a Counselor to develop or revise your Educational Plan.

  •  All students should work with a counselor to develop an Abbreviated Ed plan prior to registering for classes for their first semester.  This is a short initial plan that will ensure that you are taking appropriate level courses.  Upon completion of 15 degree-applicable units, you should schedule a longer one hour appointment with a counselor to develop a Comprehensive Ed Plan.
  • You will need to identify a major prior to creating a Comprehensive Ed Plan with your counselor.  For assistance with identifying a major or career exploration, please contact the Career & Transfer Center (C&TC) at (408)270-6470 or

  • Once you have identified your major by filing an official form with Admission & Records, contact Counseling to make an appointment for your Comprehensive Ed Plan.

    Counseling can be reached at (408) 270-6475 or email

STEP 4 – Registration

  • Following Steps 1-3 ensures that you will be granted Priority Registration.  This means that you can register for classes earlier before they are filled!
  • Registration for Summer and Fall 2016 classes begins May 2, 2016
  • Register online at or  in person at the Admissions & Records Office
  • If you are a high school student, you will need to register in person, with a signed R40 form, starting May 9, 2016.

Exemption Criteria​

A student may be exempted from the Student Success Act responsibilities including orientation, assessment and counseling based on one or more of the following: 

  1. Completion of an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college

  2. Enrollment in coursework to advance in current job, or to pursue personal enrichment, or to maintain a certificate/license, and is enrolled in fewer than 5 units

  3. Completion of the assessment/orientation components at another college, with placement scores on file at EVC

* Exemptions must be approved by the dean of Student Success and dean of Enrollment after student meets with a counselor ​and provides official transcripts. For more information please contact the Student Success Center at Call: 408-270-​6475, ​​ Email:​ StudentSuccess@evc.eduLocation​: SC-250​.

Student Success Support Programs and Services

  • Career & Transfer Center can assist you in identifying a major/or field of study. 

  • The Early Alert Program is designed to identify, early in the semester, students who are in need of support and inform them of resources available to help them be successful in their courses.
  • Follow-Up Services for At-Risk Students are provided to students enrolled in lower-level basic skills courses, students who have not identified an educational goal and course of study, or students who are on academic or progress probation or facing dismissal.  The Back to Success Program includes intervention workshops, one-on-one case management, progress reports, Counseling 15: Blueprint for Success course and referrals to the Campus Tutoring Center.

Special Academic Support Programs 

Support Programs​ 

Student Success Center
Call: 408-270-6475
Location: SC 250


Call: 408-270-6475
Email: StudentSucces​
Location: SC-250


Mon & Thu: 8am-5pm
Tue & Wed: 8am-7pm
Fri: 8am-1pm 


Transfer & Career ​Center

Programs and More

Early Alert​
Academic Progress
Special Academic Programs​
Student Success Stories
Support Programs​
Student Success Committee​
Student Success Team​



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