One of the Country's Best, The Princeton Review

August 13, 2010

Evergreen Featured in "The Best 373 Colleges" by The Princeton Review

Evergreen Also Earns Top Score of 99 on Princeton Review’s Green Rating

The Evergreen State College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2011 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 373 Colleges."

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories.

The Evergreen State College also achieved a Green Rating of 99, the highest possible score, placing it on Princeton’s Green Honor Roll. The top Green Rating comes after numerous accolades including most recently recognition by Edward Fiske as one of the top 10 ten undergraduate environmental studies programs and previous green awards and recognitions by Princeton Review, Sierra Magazine, and Grist Magazine, among others.

The schools in The Best 373 Colleges have ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2009-10 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings scores are on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile. The eight categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green, a measure of school's commitment to environmentally-related policies, practices and education. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at

Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior Vice President of Publishing and author of The Best 373 Colleges, says "We commend Evergreen for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 373 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body's political leanings, race/class relations, and LGBT community acceptance. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book and at

The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and ranking lists in The Best 373 Colleges at There visitors can find further information about the book, the student survey, the rankings, the ratings, and other features in the book including its "Honor Roll" lists saluting schools with ratings of 99 in various categories, and "Best Value Colleges for 2010" list.


About The Evergreen State College

The Evergreen State College is a nationally recognized public liberal arts college known for its distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, high level of student/faculty engagement and emphasis on putting learning into action.

Contacts for The Evergreen State College:
Jason Wettstein ( (360) 867-5213 orTodd Sprague  ( (360) 867-6042.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, (, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education.

Contacts for The Princeton Review: Leah Pennino ( 508-663-5133 or Jeanne Krier, 212-539-1350 (