Evergreen’s National Reputation

The Evergreen State College has earned a national reputation for educational excellence, environmental leadership, exceptional value and more. This is a sample of recent acclaim that distinguishes Evergreen as one of the best liberal arts and sciences colleges in the United States.

Featured in the Princeton Review Guidebook

The Evergreen State College is featured in the 2013–14 edition of the The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges. The Evergreen State College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

In the guide's profile on Evergreen, The Princeton Review highlights the college’s free bus pass program, which reduces vehicular pollution; innovative heating and water conservation systems for campus housing; and the student green energy fee, which enables the college to use 100 percent renewable electricity and support hands-on student conservation projects.

Top Ten Colleges for Free Spirits

Schools.com rated Evergreen among the top ten colleges for free spirits (2012–13 Academic Year). “Selected for their emphases on social services, environmental responsibility, and academic rigor, these 10 schools let creativity and flexibility reign.”

Fiske “Best Buy” seal

Fiske Guide Best Buy School

The Evergreen State College has been a Fiske Guide “Best Buy” every year since 2010. The list includes just 44 schools chosen from the US, Canada, and Great Britain.

Evergreen is the only college in the Pacific Northwest to make the list, and the only public school on the entire west coast.

Researchers combined data about costs, academics, and lifestyle to determine which colleges would make the list for 2015. Fiske says that these schools offer “remarkable educational opportunities at a modest cost.”

Top Master’s Colleges in the Nation

Washington Monthly ranks Evergreen among the top master’s colleges in the nation. This distinctive rating asks “what are colleges doing for the country?” and ranks Evergreen 29th in the nation among masters degree colleges for 2012-2013 Academic Year.

A Good Choice for Veterans

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

College That Changes Lives

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“The Evergreen State College offers the most unusual undergraduate experience in the Northwest, or in any public institution anywhere. Taxpayers everywhere should demand colleges like this one that changes their children’s lives. For a public institution it is more than unusual, it is unique, because values are as important as learning and public service is strongly encouraged.”

A Top Public Regional University in US News and World Report Rankings

Strong rankings in the 2013 edition of America's Best Colleges: #5 among Top Public Regional Universities in the West and #13 among Western Regional Universities. Evergreen received accolades for its focus on student success, first year experience, and for its “learning community” approach.

Evergreen earned accolades as among the nation’s Top Public Affairs Graduate Schools in the 2012 edition of the Best Graduate Schools by US News Media Group.

A “Green” College

The Evergreen State College was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the 2008–2009 and 2011–2012 Individual Conference Champion for purchasing a greater percentage of green power than any other school in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Evergreen was one of six colleges and universities in the world invited to be founding participants in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Initiative (2009).

Sierra Magazine “Cool Schools” listed every year since 2008, in the top 20 2008–2011.

The Making a Difference College Guide has included Evergreen in its annual listing of Green and Socially Responsible colleges since 1992.

Colleges of Distinction—Innovative Education, Individual Freedom

Evergreen was recognized as one of America's best colleges by Colleges of Distinction based on four factors of distinction: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes.

“True innovation is a joy to behold. The Evergreen State College has boldly departed from the stale standard operating practices that have come to shape academic programs at most institutions of higher learning.”

National Survey shows students involved in learning

According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, one of the nation's most academically challenging—and a top college for the level of active and collaborative learning for students, 2006–2012.

The study, founded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, says Evergreen students develop top abilities in analyzing theories and ideas and spend more time preparing for classes and reading textbooks.

Evergreen students also spend more time making class presentations and working with other students on projects than most of the nation's college students. Evergreen freshman and seniors cite the remarkable quality of interaction with faculty members and other students and the campus physical environment as keys to success.

“This national study again confirms what we have known for some time. Evergreen's students receive an extraordinary education that prepares them to engage with real-world issues in a changing world,” said Thomas L. Purce, Evergreen's president.

Hipness Grade: A+

According to The Hipster Handbook (Robert Lanham, 2002), Evergreen “is the kind of school where you earn high marks just for being a Hipster. Calvin Johnson is an alumnus of Evergreen. He is also the founder of K Records, whose slogan is ‘Exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre since 1982.’ Bruce Pavitt, who founded SubPop records and coined the term ‘grunge,’ also went to Evergreen.”