Academic Statement | The Evergreen State College

Academic Statement

You choose your programs and design your education. Your Academic Statement acts as your blueprint.

What Did I Learn in College? The Academic Statement and Mapping Your Education

Member of the faculty Nancy Koppelman describes how the Academic Statement is an opportunity for students to pause and think about—and write about—what they’re doing.

This document does more than simply record your achievements. It also helps focus your aspirations as you plot your path to a degree.

The short essays you’ll write each year will help you in critical ways during your time here:

  • Review, reflect upon, and connect common themes in your education each year
  • Plan your pathway and uncover the kinds of programs that meet your goals
  • Summarize your education in your own voice, and in your own words
  • Provide context to your faculty and advisors when you need their guidance

How It Works

Each year you’ll write an Academic Statement that talks about where you’ve been and where you’re going with your education. You have full control over what you write and how you write it. You can use this as a starting point for conversations with your faculty and advisors.

When you’re ready to graduate, you’ll submit a final statement that acts as a cover letter for the evaluations in your transcript. It’s the perfect place to talk about how far you’ve come in your own words and connect common themes between the courses you’ve taken. It summarizes your educational experience for an outside audience, such as grad schools or employers.

Whereas your Orientation Essay looks back at your experience leading up to Evergreen, and your self-evaluations look back at a single quarter, your Academic Statement looks back on your entire time at Evergreen, and helps clarify your goals for upcoming years here, too.

An illustration showing the iterative, yearly nature of your Academic Statement. It goes into your transcript when you graduate.

You revise your Academic Statement each year. Your final statement goes into your transcript.

A student writes his academic statement

Writing and Getting Help

Writing an academic statement may seem daunting, but its a personal process, and we’re here to help when you need it.

Learn more about what to write about and ways to get help with your Academic Statements.

Turning It In

Turn in your Academic Statement through

Make sure you’ve followed the requirements. We recommend turning it in early. If you turn it in late, you’ll find a hold on your registration and you won’t be able to register for classes for the following school year—or even graduate!

Learn more about requirements and deadlines.

The Writing Contest

In previous years, we’ve held a writing contest to provide students an opportunity to showcase their reflections about their liberal arts education. This 2016 – 17 academic year, there will not be one.

“As I dug deeper for answers to my own questions regarding my education, I gained a significant amount of clarity about where I have been and where I am going. It was a very fruitful process, and I'm glad I tackled it!”