Evergreen and Six Other Washington Schools Named Best Colleges

August 30, 2016

(Olympia, Wash.) The Princeton Review has included The Evergreen State College in its latest guide book, The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition. The book provides a listing of institutions Princeton Review editors feel are the nation’s best academically; the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges. Additional Washington colleges and universities featured in the book include Gonzaga University, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, Washington State University, Whitman College and University of Washington. 

As part of the guide, The Princeton Review puts forth 62 ranking lists that provide students with details about campus and academic culture, size, type and quality of residence halls, dining and more.

According to the guide’s “Inside Word” on Evergreen, “Students… are commonly some of the strongest performers from their high schools…The school’s unique and self-directed academic cur­riculum favors those students who can adequately handle the responsibility of creating and developing their own educational path.”

The guide also highlights the excellent quality of student life at Evergreen, with the “kindness and awareness of the community” frequently cited by students to be one of the most valued aspects of their experience. 

More information on Princeton Review’s Best 381 Colleges of 2017 is available.


The Evergreen State College in Olympia is a public four-year liberal arts college nationally recognized for its distinctive interdisciplinary approach, strong academics and focus on undergraduate teaching. The college also has an upper division bachelor’s degree program in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. 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.