Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

The Evergreen State College

"There are precious few public institutions where the faculty feels as close to the students or values them as highly."
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • A public liberal arts college founded in 1967. The foundation of its curriculum is based on team-teaching and collaborative learning.
  • All majors and academic pathways are student-designed.
  • Faculty at Evergreen assess a student's learning and academic progress in narrative evaluations rather than grades.
  • Olympia is halfway between metropolitan Seattle and Portland, Oregon, and an hour from Mt. Rainier and the Olympic mountains.
  • The 1,000 forested-acre campus is located on the southernmost beaches of Puget Sound.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges has ranked Evergreen as a "Top College for Learning Communities" and for "First-Year Experiences for Freshmen."
  • Evergreen is only one of 22 public institutions noted in the popular Fiske Guide to Colleges as a "Best Buy." For 2014, Fiske Guide has designated 42 institutions – 22 public and 20 private – as Best Buys. All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and the designation is recognition of both value and academics at the college. 
  • Evergreen's seniors and first-year students scored in the 90th percentile for the Active and Collaborative Learning benchmark compared to all Baccalaureate-Liberal Arts Colleges in the National Survey of Student Engagement.
  • In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, The Princeton Review selected Evergreen as one the highest rated colleges in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 232 Green Colleges.
  • Evergreen was included in the G.I. Jobs 2015 College List of Military Friendly Schools as one of the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.
  • The Sierra has rated Evergreen a "top 20 cool school" since 2008 for our efforts to stop global warming and operate sustainability.
  • Evergreen earned a top spot on the 2012 Peace Corps college rankings.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • 79% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field; there are no teaching assistants.
  • 53% of full-time faculty are female
  • 21% of full-time faculty are faculty of color
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • Our virtual tour shows you the campus, apartment-style housing, playing fields, and college recreation center.
  • More than 50 student organizations, a student newspaper, and community radio station.
  • Students have access to equipment and facilities often reserved for graduate students elsewhere.
  • NAIA Region I, Cascade Collegiate Conference
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • Nearly half of Evergreen State College alumni go on to graduate school with 85% admitted to their first or second choice. The ability of Evergreen graduates to work in teams, communicate effectively, think critically and creatively, and address real-world issues leads to success in graduate school and the job market.
  • Over the course of their studies, Evergreen students accumulate a detailed account of their work and progress detailed in narrative evaluations. These evaluations provide a strong foundation for faculty recommendations and a useful and informative resource for job and graduate school applications.
  • A quick look at the alumni directory shows more than 1,000 alumni each in arts and media, business, computer science, counseling and social work, environmental professions, and health, medicine and science. Another 3,000 are in education. Twelve percent of alumni report that they started a business or were self-employed within one year of graduation. Check out our growing directory of alumni profiles to learn more about their successes.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Middle 50% SAT composite score: 1100
  • Median ACT score: 24
  • Average GPA: 3.02