Evergreen noted among America’s Best

October 13, 2011

The Evergreen State College Noted Among U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Edition of ‘America’s Best Colleges’

Evergreen Recognized for Learning Communities Approach


  • The Evergreen State College was included in 2012 ‘Best Colleges’ Guide, ranking among the top regional institutions in the West, and in the top 10 ranked public institutions in the West.
  • Evergreen received accolades for its focus on teaching, for its first year experience, and for its “learning community” approach.
  • The “Best Colleges” recognition is the latest in a series of strong showings for Evergreen in college rankings, including accolades in the Fiske Guide, Sierra Magazine, and Princeton Review.

Evergreen was recently categorized among the best universities in the western region by US News and World Report. The western region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Evergreen’s distinctive “learning communities” approach was highlighted by a peer assessment survey conducted by US News. Under the category “learning communities,” in the article “A focus on student success” Evergreen was listed among only 18 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. In this same article, Evergreen was noted for a strong showing in providing first year orientation to college.

The ‘Best Colleges’ recognition is the latest in a series of recognitions for Evergreen, including recent accolades in the Fiske Guide, Sierra Magazine, and Princeton Review. Additionally, Evergreen was recently ranked among the top graduate schools for public affairs by US News & World Report.

The U.S. News college rankings are a popular research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The rankings are available in print in the 2012 Edition of US News and World Report Best Colleges and at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/evergreen-state-college-8155