Evergreen Receives Strong Rankings from U.S. News & World Report

September 9, 2015

Sixth among Public Regional Universities in the West; First for Innovation; Second for Undergraduate Teaching

(Olympia, Wash.) The 2016 U.S. News & World Report college rankings are out today and The Evergreen State College continued to make a strong showing. Evergreen ranked sixth among public regional universities in the West. Among all regional universities in the West, public or private, Evergreen ranked first for most innovative colleges, second for best undergraduate teaching and 29th in the best for veterans category.
Evergreen was also one of 26 colleges and universities in the nation praised for providing outstanding first-year experiences for freshmen and one of 19 noted for creating strong learning communities that help students get to know one another and their faculty well, building solid foundations for learning.
The rankings are based on graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.
“Along with Evergreen’s recognition as one of the nation’s best colleges by Fiske Guide, Princeton Review, Washington Monthly and others, the U.S. News & World Report rankings add another important lens for prospective students and their parents,” explained Evergreen spokesman Todd Sprague. “While a personal visit to campus remains the best way to find a good fit, these rankings can help highlight schools, like Evergreen, that should be on the radar in a student’s college search.”
The Evergreen State College is a public four-year college nationally recognized for its distinctive interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts, strong academics and focus on undergraduate teaching. The college also has an upper division bachelor’s degree program and facility in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, annual upper-division offerings at Grays Harbor College and a Reservation-Based Community Determined program at tribal reservations in western Washington. In addition to undergraduate education, Evergreen offers three graduate degrees: Master in Teaching, Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Public Administration, including a distinctive tribal governance concentration. www.evergreen.edu