Academic Statement

You choose your programs and design your education. Your Academic Statement is your map, being built along the way.

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

In this video, 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
  • Clarify your academic goals so that you can get targeted support from faculty and academic advisors
  • Plan your pathway and uncover the kinds of programs that meet your goals
  • Summarize what you have learned and done in your education in your own voice
An illustration showing the iterative, yearly nature of your Academic Statement. It goes into your transcript when you graduate.

You revise your Annual Statement each year. Your Final Statement goes into your transcript as a permanent document.

Whereas your Orientation Essay looks back at your experience leading up to Evergreen, and your self-evaluations look back at courses or programs you have taken, your Academic Statement looks back on your entire time at Evergreen, and helps clarify your goals for upcoming years here, too.

Annual Academic Statement

You’ll write one every year.

Final Academic Statement

You’ll write one before you graduate.

“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!”


Students admitted or readmitted Fall 2013 or later have to turn in an academic statement each year. Learn more about the requirements and deadlines.

Beyond the Self-Evaluation

In each academic offering, you reflect on your learning through a self-evaluation. Your Academic Statement goes beyond individual offerings to create a portrait of your overall learning.

Sovay Hansen, class of 2014, explains:

Writing [your Academic Statement] becomes both a reflective exercise and an academic planning tool, leading to more intentional decisions about our academic paths.

Read more in “What Does it Mean to be an Educated Human?”

Additional Support

You can find more support materials at the Writing Center’s Handouts & Links page, including:

  • Examples of Final Academic Statements
  • Video, audio, and slideshow files from the Academic Statement workshop given by Ariel Birks and Luis Apolaya Torres on April 22, 2020 
  • Prompts and questions to inspire your reflective writing
  • Further information contextualizing Academic Statements and Evaluations​
  • Guidance about who on campus you can reach out to for help with your Academic Statement
  • Links to drop-in meetings and open hours for one-on-one appointments with tutors from the Writing Center