OLYMPIA, WASH. (August 2, 2017) — The Evergreen State College has been named one of The Princeton Review’s “Best 382 Colleges.”
Published on Tuesday, The Princeton Review’s “Best 382 Colleges, 2018 Edition” includes a variety of best-of lists based on the results of a survey of 137,000 current college students. In addition to inclusion on the publication’s flagship list of 382, Evergreen is also on two additional lists, “Green Colleges” and “Best Western.”
“We picked the 382 best colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics,” said Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek in a press release issued on July 31. “We highly recommend each one.”
The analysis of Evergreen in the guide includes a variety of statistics and ratings, including a 91/99 rating for “interesting professors” and an 87/99 rating for “quality of life.”
The Princeton Review also published snippets of the surveys completed anonymously by Evergreen students. Many pointed to the collaborative relationships shared by students and faculty, while others commented on the interactive curriculum.
One student noted that almost every student "actively engages the material with field work, undergraduate research, and extended trips." A second added “class time is spent doing workshops, seminars, or a led discussion where everyone participates."
Surveyed students also heralded Evergreen’s forested, coastal campus. "(There is) no shortage of local hiking, backpacking, and biking opportunities,” wrote a student. "Our campus is set back in this magical forest with these winding paths down to the beach,” shared another.
Evergreen is frequently included in best-of lists and rankings published by national media. In 2016, the college was named the 8th Best Master’s University in the country by Washington Monthly and U.S. News & World Report ranked the college in the top five for undergraduate teaching, innovation, and public schools among regional universities in the West.