The Evergreen State College Noted Among U.S. News Media Group's ‘America’s Best Colleges’

August 25, 2009

Evergreen Recognized for Commitment to Teaching and for Learning Communities Approach


  • The Evergreen State College included in ‘America’s Best Colleges’
  • Evergreen receives accolades for its commitment to teaching and for its “learning community” approach.
  • America’s Best Colleges recognition latest in a series of strong showings for Evergreen in college rankings.

The Evergreen State College has been recognized among top colleges in the 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. The popular rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available at and will also be published in the September issue of the U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Evergreen was categorized among the best universities with options for Masters Degrees in the Western Region.

Evergreen was also recognized in the accompanying article “A Strong commitment to teaching” which noted the college as a top college and the only public college in the West that was identified for its “unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching” as measured by a peer assessment survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

Evergreen’s distinctive “learning communities” approach was also highlighted by a peer assessment survey conducted by US News. Under the category “learning communities,” in the article “Programs to look for” Evergreen was listed among only 26 nationwide. Learning communities are a way of structuring curriculum to link together coursework so students find greater coherence in what they are learning and achieve more interactions with faculty and peers.

Over the past 26 years, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown as a research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts and sciences college that consistently achieves national recognition--most recently from The Princeton Review, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, and Sierra Magazine -- for its distinctively rigorous and thoughtful educational model, affordable price and commitment to sustainability. More on other recent awards is available here: