The Evergreen State College

Evergreen's start-of-year Block Party

“There are precious few public institutions where the faculty feels as close to the students or values them as highly.
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The Evergreen State College
Office of Admissions
Olympia, Washington 98505
360.867.6170 / 360.867.6172
⋅ 3,581 undergraduate students
⋅ 23:1 student-to-faculty instructional ratio
⋅ 23% of students are from underrepresented minority groups
⋅ Comprehensive In-State Fee: $19,842
⋅ Comprehensive Out-of-State Fee: $37,434
⋅ 65% of students receive financial assistance
⋅ Average award: $12,714
⋅ Over 60 undergraduate scholarships & tuition awards granted to new students annually.

Evergreen's mascot Speedy the Geoduck

Freshwater ecology faculty Carri LeRoy takes a team of students to Mt. St. Helens' pumice plain

Faculty and students enjoy the library building roof deck

The pyramids on top of the library building glow under the sunset

Geoduck men's soccer match

  • Evergreen is a public liberal arts and sciences college in Olympia, Washington. Created in 1967, Evergreen is founded on an innovative learning model that includes team teaching, cross-discipline studies, and hands-on experiences.
  • Instead of choosing majors and minors, Evergreen students make their own path based on their interests and career goals. By taking courses taught by multiple faculty over multiple quarters, students have access to the time and resources they need to produce valuable, lasting work.
  • Faculty at Evergreen assess a student’s learning and academic progress in narrative evaluations rather than grades. This way, students get a real sense of the progress they’ve made over their academic career. They are encouraged to pursue what’s important to them and to think critically about the work they do.
  • Halfway between Seattle and Portland, Olympia is a gateway to big cities, national forests, mountain ranges, and the Pacific Ocean—destinations that many programs take advantage of.
  • The Evergreen campus is nestled in a vibrant Pacific Northwest forest with its own beach on Puget Sound.

Worth Noting
  • Evergreen is one of only 20 institutions named as a 2019 Fiske Guide to Colleges “Best Buy” school. The designation recognizes institutions in the U.S., Canada, and Britain that offer “the best education at the most reasonable costs.”
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Evergreen as the #1 Most Innovative School in 2018.
  • Washington Monthly named Evergreen the #1 Master’s University in the nation in 2019.
  • U.S. News & World Report has also ranked Evergreen highly for “Learning Communities” and “Best Undergraduate Teaching.”
  • In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, The Princeton Review selected Evergreen as one the highest rated colleges in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 232 Green Colleges in 2018.
  • Evergreen was included in the G.I. Jobs 2015 College List of Military Friendly Schools as one of the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
  • Evergreen earned a high ranking on the 2018 Peace Corps college rankings.

Faculty & Academics
  • Evergreen offers a wide variety of full-time programs that are often taught by multiple teachers and can last one, two, or three quarters. Students learn to connect ideas across academic disciplines and apply what they’ve learned to the real world.
  • Faculty focus on teaching. They work closely with their students to help them meet their goals and encourage critical thinking and creative problem solving.
  • There are no majors or minors at Evergreen. Students create their own area of emphasis and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or a dual Bachelor of Arts and Science.
  • Individual Learning Contracts give students the opportunity to pursue an advanced project of their own design. A faculty sponsor provides oversight, support, and advice while the student works independently.
  • Evergreen offers three Masters degrees: Master in Teaching, Master of Environmental Studies, and Master of Public Policy.

Areas of Study

There are no majors or minors at Evergreen. Students create their own area of emphasis and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or a dual Bachelor of Arts and Science. Students can mix a variety of interests over time based on their academic and career goals.

For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Art – Visual and Media
Business and Management
Community Studies
Computer Science
Cultural and Ethnic Studies including
– African American Studies
– American Studies
– Asian Studies
– Hispanic/Mexicano Studies
– Latin American Studies
– Native American Studies
Environmental Studies
Film and Media Arts
Gender and Women’s Studies
International Studies with an emphasis on
– China
– France
– Ireland
– Japan
– Latin America
– Mediterranean
– Middle East
Languages including
– Japanese
– Russian
– Spanish
Marine Studies
Media Studies
Performing Arts including
– Music
– Theatre
Political Science
Social Sciences
Sustainability Studies including
– Agriculture
– Design
– Energy

Varsity Sports

Evergreen is part of the NAIA Cascade Conference. Teams include:

Basketball – Men and Women
Soccer – Men and Women
Track and Field
Volleyball – Women


Life After College

Because Evergreen’s learning model emphasizes collaboration, innovative thinking, and creative solutions, Evergreen graduates go on to be powerful changemakers in their communities and around the globe. View our graduate profiles for examples of Evergreen graduates making a difference.

  • Nearly half of Evergreen alumni go on to graduate school with 85% admitted to their first or second choice. The ability of Evergreen graduates to work in teams, communicate effectively, think critically and creatively, and address real-world issues leads to success in graduate school and the job market.
  • Over the course of their studies, Evergreen students accumulate a detailed account of their work and progress in narrative evaluations. These evaluations provide a strong foundation for faculty recommendations and a useful resource for job and graduate school applications.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Average SAT composite score: 1084
  • Average ACT score: 24
  • Average GPA: 3.15