The Evergreen State College Named to The Princeton Review’s List of “Best Value Colleges for 2012”

February 14, 2012

The Evergreen State College is one of the nation's "Best Value" colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review. One of only 75 public colleges and 75 private colleges recognized in this list nationally, the inclusion as a “best value” college is a recognition of both Evergreen’s academic quality and its relative affordability.

The Massachusettes-based education services company The Princeton Review profiles Evergreen in its just-published book, "The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition" and on a special area on its website at

In its profile of Evergreen the editors at The Princeton Review praise the school for its focus on independent learning, civic involvement, and environmental commitment. Evergreen students responding to the survey by the Princeton Review described the college as a place where students “learn how to change the world, realistically, responsibly, and effectively,” and “the best education for the money.”

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/publisher and lead author of The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition, "We commend Evergreen and all of the extraordinary colleges on our 2012 'Best Value Colleges' list for all they are doing to keep costs down and / or offer generous aid to applicants with financial need – all while maintaining excellent academic programs."

The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition, subtitled "The 150 Best Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In," features profiles of 75 public and 75 private colleges with detailed information about their campus culture, facilities and financial aid offerings. Of the 75 schools in each group, the top 10 colleges are ranked 1 to 10, and the remaining 65 are listed in alphabetical order.

The "Best Value Colleges" list and information about the schools are also posted on a dedicated area of USA which has been the Princeton Review's online publishing partner for this project since 2009. USA TODAY’s site features an exclusive database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map. Users can explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why it chose each school as a “Best Value.”

The Princeton Review selected its "Best Value Colleges" schools based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities the company regards as the nation's academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection process analyzed more than 30 data points broadly covering academics, cost, and financial aid. Cost and financial aid data came from the company's fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. Data on academics came from its fall 2010 through fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. Data from students attending the schools over these years included their assessments of their professors and their satisfaction with their financial aid awards.

The Princeton Review debuted its "Best Value Colleges" list in 2004. It previously published an annual book titled America's Best Value Colleges from 2004 to 2007.

The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the United States to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.