The Evergreen State College

A student measures the trees in the forest on campus.

“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.

Aerial photo of Evergreen's campus featuring the clock tower

Students meet in a group outside to discuss class readings

A student harvests sunflowers at Evergreen's organic farm

A professor and three students study marine animals at a gravel beach

Evergreen's President congratulates a graduate holding her degree

  • A public liberal arts college founded in 1967. The foundation of its curriculum is based on team-teaching and collaborative learning.
  • All majors and academic pathways are student-designed.
  • Faculty at Evergreen assess a student’s learning and academic progress in narrative evaluations rather than grades.
  • Olympia is halfway between metropolitan Seattle and Portland, Oregon, and an hour from Mt. Rainier and the Olympic mountains.
  • The 1,000 forested-acre campus is located on the southernmost beaches of Puget Sound.

Worth Noting
  • U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges has ranked Evergreen as a “Top College for Learning Communities” and for “First-Year Experiences for Freshmen.”
  • Evergreen is only one of 22 public institutions noted in the popular Fiske Guide to Colleges as a “Best Buy.” For 2014, Fiske Guide has designated 42 institutions – 22 public and 20 private – as Best Buys. All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and the designation is recognition of both value and academics at the college.
  • Evergreen’s seniors and first-year students scored in the 90th percentile for the Active and Collaborative Learning benchmark compared to all Baccalaureate-Liberal Arts Colleges in the National Survey of Student Engagement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Sierra has rated Evergreen a “top 20 cool school” since 2008 for our efforts to stop global warming and operate sustainability.
  • Evergreen earned a top spot on the 2012 Peace Corps college rankings.

Faculty & Academics
  • 79% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field; there are no teaching assistants.
  • 53% of full-time faculty are female
  • 21% of full-time faculty are faculty of color

Areas of Study
At Evergreen, students enroll in a single, comprehensive “program” rather than a series of separate courses. You’ll explore many aspects of a theme or topic through different but related academic subjects. By tackling topics in an interdisciplinary way, you’ll learn not only about a broad range of subjects and issues, but you’ll become a critical thinker and a skilled communicator.

It’s because we create a fresh, topical and engaging curriculum every year. At Evergreen, you could find yourself studying across several academic disciplines — all at once — and all in the same class. Imagine exploring psychology, environmental studies, math, history and economics and how they all inter-relate. This amazingly rich intellectual journey would be led by a team of professors not just one instructor. Current areas of study include the following:

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

NAIA Cascade Conference:

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

Life After College
  • Nearly half of Evergreen State College 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 detailed in narrative evaluations. These evaluations provide a strong foundation for faculty recommendations and a useful and informative resource for job and graduate school applications.
  • A quick look at the alumni directory shows more than 1,000 alumni each in arts and media, business, computer science, counseling and social work, environmental professions, and health, medicine and science. Another 3,000 are in education. Twelve percent of alumni report that they started a business or were self-employed within one year of graduation. Check out our growing directory of alumni profiles to learn more about their successes.

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