Evergreen named the third best master’s college in the country

Students on the greens

Washington Monthly, a government and policy magazine headquartered in Washington, D.C., has named Evergreen the third best Master’s University in the country.

In the opening statement of its recently published “2017 College Guide and Rankings,” Washington Monthly editors explained that their rankings are an alternative to more traditional rankings, which, they write, rely on “crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige to evaluate schools.”

Instead, the magazine states, “we rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: 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 also ranked Evergreen 15th on their list of the “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in the West. The magazine describes the list as an “exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

Evergreen was also recently named one of just 38 “best buy” colleges in the country in The 2018 Fiske Guide to College. It an article accompanying their best buy list, Fiske highlighted the value of institutions like Evergreen.

“Some of the best values in American higher education are public liberal arts colleges and universities that offer smaller classes and personalized approach to academics that are typically found only in expensive private liberal arts colleges.”

Fiske and Washington Monthly are far from alone in their accolades for Evergreen. Earlier this year the U.S. News & World Report ranked the college in the top five for undergraduate teaching, innovation, and public schools among regional universities in the West. Last month, The Princeton Review included Evergreen on its list of “382 Best Colleges” and included the college on its list of “Green Colleges” and “Best Western” colleges.