The Evergreen State College
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The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington

A distinctive public liberal arts and sciences college in the Pacific Northwest

In a sea of strikingly similar colleges and universities, The Evergreen State College truly stands out because of its unique multidisciplinary curriculum and its general educational philosophy. Narrative evaluations offered by professors along with intensive self-evaluation require students to examine and assess their overall academic development. The end result is a far more coherent collegiate experience that allows students to understand and appreciate how they have changed and what they have achieved.

Student Profile

4,124 students (45% male; 55% female); 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 1 territory; 15 countries; 23% out-of-state; 19% minorities

Faculty Profile

158 full-time faculty; 87% hold a terminal degree in their field; 21:1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Just one-fifth of students live on the campus of Evergreen.

School Location

Olympia, Washington—1 hour south of Seattle and 2 hours north of Portland, Oregon.


NAIA, Cascade Collegiate Conference. 8 varsity sports (3 men’s: basketball, soccer, track & field; 4 women’s: basketball, soccer, track & field, volleyball); intramural and club sports are also available.

Other Information

The Evergreen State College is a state-supported, residential, comprehensive college founded in 1967.

Academic Programs

American Indian/Native American Studies; Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Students; Biology/Biological Sciences; Art; Biological & Physical Sciences; Business Administration & Management; Cinematography & Film/Video Production; Classics & Languages; Computer & Information Sciences; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Environmental Studies; Fine/Studio Arts; Humanities; Intercultural/Multicultural & Diversity Studies; Intermedia/Multimedia; International/Global Studies; Liberal Arts & Sciences/Liberal Studies; Literatures & Linguistics; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies Related; Natural Sciences; Physical Sciences; Political Science & Government; Social Sciences; Visual & Performing Arts.

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News & World Report has rated Evergreen a top learning community since 2002.

  • The Princeton Review’s "The Best 345 Colleges" called Evergreen “one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education.”

  • "The Fiske Guide to Colleges" called Evergreen a “best buy” in higher education.

  • Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews called Evergreen a hidden gem in his book "Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That is Best for You."

  • One of Loren Pope’s 40 Colleges That Change Lives.

  • “The Hispanic Outlook in High Education,” a national magazine with a wide circulation among high school and college counselors named Evergreen a 2002 Publisher’s Pick

  • Evergreen earned an A+ from the "Hipster Handbook," by Robert Lanham.

Engaged Students

With a unique multidisciplinary curriculum and a variety of internship, study abroad, and research opportunities, Evergreen gives students an intense academic experience…

Follow your own road

  • Evergreen’s unique academic assessment system actively involves students in the process of evaluating their academic work. Students receive a narrative evaluation from their professors and also engage in a rigorous process of self-evaluation. When graduation begins to draw near students work with their faculty advisor to create a self-evaluation that reflects critically upon their entire undergraduate experience and the extent to which they have achieved their learning goals. Employers and graduate schools find this approach beneficial because it is far more descriptive than traditional letter grades.
  • Evergreen helps students pursue internship opportunities by offering weekly internship workshops through the advising department. After attending a workshop students gain access to the Internship Link, a searchable database of internship opportunities.
  • Students can take advantage of an impressive selection of study abroad programs. Evergreen sponsors its own programs, collaborates with consortiums to offer other options and works with students to help them independently pursue a program that fits their needs and interests. In 2003, six Evergreen students studied abroad through the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program. Penn State was the only institution in the nation to place more students.
  • Evergreen has a long standing commitment to supporting public service and public policy research. The college maintains a variety of institutes focusing on public policy, education, and Native American issues, which give students the opportunity to become involved in projects and research. These include the Evergreen Center for Educational Improvement, the Labor Education & Research Center, the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute, the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.


Great Teaching

The academic program emphasizes multidisciplinary teaching in the form of team taught academic programs that are flexible enough to allow for field work, trips and other activities not necessarily connected to a traditional college-level course…

 A captivating learning community

  • Evergreen has discarded the blueprint that most institutions of higher learning adhere to in crafting their academic program. Students work with a member of the faculty to create an academic plan and instead of taking a selection of courses all at once they take a single multidisciplinary academic program taught by teams of two to four faculty members. The flexibility of the academic program model allows professors to incorporate a variety of approaches and activities including seminars, lectures, field work, lab work, and field trips. Core programs, designed for first-year students, cater to their interests while introducing them to Evergreen’s unique academic approach.
  • Individual contracts enable upper division students to indulge their intellectual curiosity by working with a member of the faculty to develop an advanced independent project. The student works with the faculty member to negotiate and develop specific learning objectives, the scope of the work, academic support mechanisms, criteria for evaluation and the appropriate amount of credit to be awarded upon completion of the project.
  • Evergreen recently received a $500,000 gift from the Atlantic Philanthropies in recognition of the college’s record of innovative programs and the leadership of college president Thomas L. Purce. The gift will fund additional work in collaborative teaching and learning as well as other strategic goals.
  • Members of the faculty are leading scholars in their fields who include students in their scholarly efforts. For example the groundbreaking work of faculty members Drs. Elizabeth Kutter, Burton Guttman, Andrew Braddan, Raul Raja and their students has turned Evergreen into a major center for phage research (phage is a virus that specifically infects bacteria and kills them, but it has no effect on humans). Evergreen recently hosted the 15th Biannual Evergreen International Phage Biology Meeting.

Academic Programs include: Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Communications, Community Studies, Computer Science, Cultural and Ethnic Studies (African American, Asian American, American, Hispanic/Mexicano, Latin American, Native American), Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film and Video, Fine and Visual Arts, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Health and Human Development, History, Humanities, Languages (French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish), Literature, Management, Marine Studies, Mathematics, Media Studies, Performing Art, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Sociology, Sustainable Agriculture, Writing, and Zoology

Vibrant Communities

Students can avail themselves of a vast assortment of opportunities to enrich their collegiate experience outside of the classroom and Evergreen’s social contract creates an atmosphere where students feel safe taking advantage of all that the college has to offer…

 Try something new

  • The Evergreen community rests on the foundation forged by the Evergreen Social Contract, which was written by founding faculty members. The contract obligates students to value freedom of thought and expression and to treat every member of the community in a civil manner.
  • Students don’t even need to leave the campus to see big name newsmakers and popular bands. Michael Moore and Ralph Nadar have both appeared on the Evergreen campus and students regularly get to unwind to the sounds of groups like Colorado jam band, Leftover Salmon and Jules Graves.
  • The residential life program emphasizes apartment style living. There are a variety of special housing options including alcohol, drug-free, and smoke-free housing, quiet living, housing for students with children, first-year experience and theme housing.
  • Evergreen is a good place for the athletically inclined. In addition to varsity competition in men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, and soccer as well as women’s volleyball, students can take advantage of a wide range of club and intramural opportunities. Evergreen’s impressive facilities include a climbing gym.
  • From student government and musical groups to juggling and cartooning, one of Evergreen’s more than 50 student organizations is sure to interest just about any student. There are a lot of community service opportunities at Evergreen, but there are also events and activities devoted simply to having a good time.

Successful Outcomes

After four years of intense multidisciplinary work and critical self-evaluation Evergreen students are well prepared for life after college…

An academic road map that leads to great things

  • Within year of commencement 87% of Evergreen graduates are employed and 74% are working within their degree field.
  • Careers in public policy and education are very popular among Evergreen graduates.
  • Evergreen’s five different alumni organizations serve as evidence of the strength of the college’s alumni network.

Admissions and Financial Aid

$12,432 in-state comprehensive ($7,842 tuition); $22,767 out-of-state comprehensive ($7,842 tuition). 66% of Evergreen students receive some financial aid. Average award: $11,066.

Evergreen requires candidates for admission to the first-year class to have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 and recommends a GPA of at least 2.8. Applicants are also required to have taken 4 years of English; 3 years of social studies; 2 years of foreign language; 3 years of math at or above algebra I; and 2 years of science including at least one lab science. In making admissions decisions the college also considers standardized test scores as well as a variety of other factors. Special consideration is given to applicants who are Vietnam-era veterans, adults 25 or older, and students whose parents have not graduated from colleges.

Admissions deadlines

Fall quarter- priority date March 1st
Winter quarter- priority date October 1st
Spring quarter- priority date December 1st

The priority financial aid deadline for receiving complete and valid information from the federal processor is March 15th.

The application deadline for scholarships and tuition awards offered by Evergreen is February 1st.

The application deadline for campus housing is June 1st



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