About

The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, between Seattle and Portland, in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.

Evergreen attracts students inspired by the complexity of the world. Our non-traditional approach to study and curriculum prepares students for the way life happens now. We allow the freedom and creativity to pursue passions, while layering academic disciplines. At Evergreen, students collaborate with close-knit faculty to focus on how they want to uniquely impact our ever-changing world.

With a lush forested campus on the shores of Puget Sound, Evergreen offers two undergraduate and three master’s degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Environmental Studies, Master of Public Administration, and Master in Teaching.

We value a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students, and staff working together.

Rankings

Evergreen is the 1st most innovative college in the West (tied with California Polytechnic State University—San Luis Obispo), according to US News and World Report.

The ranking is based on innovative improvements to our curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, and facilities.

We are also the number two outstanding masters-granting university in the country, according to Washington Monthly.

The ranking is based on our contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and service.

The Evergreen State College has been accredited continuously by the Nothwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since receiving initial accreditation in 1974. The Commission most recently reaffirmed Evergreen’s accreditation in 2020.

We’ve been a leader in environmental education from the beginning. In recent years, we’ve stepped up our commitment to sustainability to reach beyond the classroom and even the campus.

See more Evergreen accolades.

Academics

Greeners experience some of the fastest times to degree among Washington’s public, four-year institutions.

Direct from high school students graduate in an average of 4.05 years, and transfer students graduate in an average of 2.7 years. That means less in total costs for you and more time in the field.

Source: The Evergreen State College

78% of our graduates are working or in grad schools one year after graduation.

Source: Evergreen One‐Year Alumni Survey

Explore the catalog to see what programs you can take.

Check the graduate studies page to learn about our master's degrees.

See Evergreen graduates' achievements.

Financial Aid

67% of Greeners receive financial aid.

Source: The National Center for Education Statistics

Evergreen has the second-lowest tuition and fees of any Washington four-year institution.

Source: The National Center for Education Statistics

Learn about financial aid.

Faculty

Evergreen’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1.

Evergreen's graduate programs student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1.

Our 186 faculty members are distinguished both in scholarship and by their dedication to teaching. 72% hold the highest degree in their field.

Source: Faculty and Staff Data

28% of Evergreen faculty and 31.4% of Greeners are people of color, reflecting our commitment to diversity.

Sources: Evergreen Fact Page and Faculty and Staff Data

Campus

More than 1,000 acres of forest surround the campus. With winding trails leading to 3,300 feet of unspoiled beach on the Puget Sound, there are endless opportunities to learn and discover.

Forbes even called it one of America’s most beautiful college campuses.

Discover our campus's picturesque woods, beach, and trails.