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The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia Washington.

Evergreen was created by the Washington state legislature in 1967 to offer integrated, flexible, and reasonably priced education that equips graduates for careers in public service, science, entrepreneurship, education, and the arts.

National reputation: Evergreen’s strong academics and moderate cost have earned the college top ranking in the most influential college guides. U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 listing of top public regional universities ranks Evergreen at #4 in the West. The 2014 Princeton Review calls Evergreen one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, based on outstanding academics. Fiske Guide has repeatedly cited Evergreen as a “Best Buy” in higher education. In 2013, Sierra magazine named Evergreen one of the nation’s greenest colleges, based on sustainable practices on campus and a strong commitment to environmental education.

Notable alumni: Singer/performer Macklemore, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, online education entrepreneur Lynda Weinman, “MakerBot” CEO Bre Pettis, “Portlandia” and “Sleater-Kinney” performer Carrie Brownstein, U.S. Congressman Denny Heck, Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon.

Current enrollment: 2,854 (Fall 2019)
Faculty: 190
Staff: 502

Tuition (estimated 2016 – 2017): Resident $6,500 Non-Resident $23,000

Name: The official name of the college is The Evergreen State College. Evergreen is acceptable on second reference. Evergreen College, Evergreen State and TESC are incorrect.

Mascot and Motto: The school mascot is the geoduck clam, panopea generosa. Pronounced “gooey-duck,” the name comes from a local tribal word meaning “dig deep.” Speedy the Geoduck regularly appears on lists of weirdest college mascots. The Latin motto of the school is “Omnia Extares.” 

Logo and Colors: Authorized logos are available. School colors are green (Pantone 574) and white.

Location: The main Olympia campus covers about 1,000 woodland and waterfront acres on southern Puget Sound, the largest public campus in Washington state. It is located just north of Highway 101, near the intersection with Interstate 5, in southwestern Washington, between Seattle and Portland. The Evergreen Tacoma program is located in the Hilltop neighborhood in the city of Tacoma.

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