US News Ranks Evergreen Tops for Innovation, Undergraduate Teaching and More

September 13, 2016

(Olympia, Wash.) – When U.S. News & World Report asked top college officials which regional colleges and universities in the West were making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, they ranked The Evergreen State College first out of 141 schools in the category. Those leaders also ranked Evergreen fourth for best undergraduate teaching. U.S. News rankings released today also rated Evergreen fifth for public institutions and 32nd overall for general excellence among regional universities in the West and 17th in the best for veterans rankings.

On a national basis, Evergreen ranked in the top 28 for first-year experiences that lead to student success and in the top 18 for learning communities where students typically take two or more linked courses and get to know one another and their professors well. Learning communities are a hallmark of Evergreen’s interdisciplinary educational model.

Regional Universities West – Evergreen Rankings

  • Most Innovative #1
  • Best Undergraduate Teaching #4
  • Best Public Colleges and Universities #5
  • Best Colleges and Universities #32
  • Best for Veterans #17

National Rankings for Evergreen

  • First-year Experiences – Top 28
  • Learning Communities – Top 18

“Each college ranking brings a different perspective to questions of quality and value,” explained Evergreen spokesman Todd Sprague. “While the U.S. News & World Report rankings touch on a range of factors, many of which highlight Evergreen’s distinguishing strengths, they only provide part of the picture. In addition to rankings, the college website and campus visits can offer more detailed information and a greater sense of fit. We encourage students and parents to take those next steps to learn more.”

Information on Evergreen, including campus visits, is available at