Evergreen’s National Reputation

The Evergreen State College has earned a national reputation for innovative teaching, academic excellence, environmental leadership, exceptional value, a welcoming campus culture and more.

This is a sample of recent acclaim that distinguishes Evergreen as one of the best colleges in the United States.

Fiske Guide to Colleges Praises Evergreen as a Best Buy

For 30 years, the Fiske Guide has compiled an annual list of select educational institutions noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost. Evergreen was one of only 44 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain that made Fiske’s 2016 “Best Buy” list.

Princeton Review Guides Highlight Evergreen for Academic Excellence and Green Practices

In addition to academic excellence, such features as location, cost and campus culture are taken into account. According to the Princeton Guide's "Inside Word" on Evergreen, "Students... are commonly some of the strongest performers from their high schools...The school's unique and self-directed academic curriculum favors those students who can adequately handle the responsibility of creating and developing their own educational path."

U.S. News and World Report Finds Much to Like

U.S. News and World Report rankings:

  • Best Undergraduate Teaching: Regional Universities West #1
  • Best Public Institutions: Regional Universities West #4;
  • Best Colleges for Veterans, Regional Universities West #11
  • Best Regional Universities West (overall) #31;

Evergreen was also noted as one of 26 colleges and universities in the nation that provide outstanding first-year experiences for freshmen, and as one of 19 that create strong learning communities to help students get to know one another and their faculty well.

Washington Monthly Emphasizes Service to Society

  • Washington Monthly’s Top 100 “Bang for Your Buck” Institutions #29
  • Top 100 Master’s Colleges #31

Washington Monthly ranks schools based on three criteria: contribution to the public good in social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). Washington Monthly asks the question: What are colleges doing for the country?

A Good Place for Military and Veterans

The 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. With a thriving Veterans Resource Center, a strong commitment to diversity of opinions and proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Evergreen has become known as a welcoming place for veterans.

Colleges That Change Lives - Member Institution

Former New York Times education editor Loren Pope published the first edition of Colleges That Change Lives – 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College in 1996. Pope spotlighted institutions with: low student-to-faculty ratios that foster collaboration, with classes taught by professors, not TAs; a commitment to undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education with opportunities for undergraduate research; a living and learning environment that emphasizes the benefits of community, personal growth and participation; smaller student enrollments that allow students to be known as individuals; out-of-classroom learning opportunities that provide students with added perspective; participation in internships, study abroad and service to others; holistic admission policies; and alumni networks that help graduates with professional and career development opportunities and foster friendships. Evergreen was included in the 1996, 2000 and 2006 editions and continues its affiliation with CTCL.org today. “

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.”

Sierra Magazine “Cool Schools” (2008–present)

The “Cool Schools” ranking can act as a guide for prospective students who hope to compare colleges based on those schools' commitment to environmentalism. Sierra Magazine’s nod to Evergreen notes publicly the institution’s hard work to protect the planet.

National Wildlife Federation: The Campus Wild (2015)

The Campus Wild is a guide that “highlights how colleges and universities are playing a dynamic role protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces.” Evergreen is listed on page 31 under Arboretums and Botanical Gardens.

National Survey of Student Engagement

Compared to students at other participating schools, Evergreen students reported significantly higher participation in activities known to build skills transferable to the workplace.

50 Best Values for Homeschoolers, Top 10 (2014)

This guide praises Evergreen for its experiential learning, narrative evaluations and freedom from pre-programmed majors.