Evergreen State College

2014 Quick Stats
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW

Olympia, WA 98505

Phone: (360) 867-6000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#27 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Evergreen State College is a public institution that was founded in 1967. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,193, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Evergreen State College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 27. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,395 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,561 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is a distinctive public liberal arts college where coordinated, team-taught, interdisciplinary programs - combining a range of topics around a central theme - replace disconnected courses. Faculty members write narrative evaluations to assess student work, rather than reducing performance and progress to a letter grade. The curriculum promotes engagement and collaboration, rather than competition. Students have the freedom, and accountability, to design their education to meet their personal and career goals, without the limits of formalized majors or rigid requirements. The curriculum is redesigned every year, and upper division students can propose individual learning contracts to further customize their learning experience.
While in many ways Evergreen breaks the mold of traditional higher education - and in doing so opens up opportunities for students with a wide range of learning styles and career goals - the college delivers a high level of academic rigor. The National Survey of Student Engagement, sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, notes that Evergreen students tend to read more, prepare more extensively for class, make more presentations and engage more actively with faculty and each other than at the vast majority of colleges and universities nationwide. Students have opportunities for research, hands-on field study, community service, internships and study abroad.
Evergreen is one of just three institutions on the West Coast included in the book "Colleges That Change Lives" by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope. Pope notes that at these colleges, "Learning is collaborative rather than competitive; values are central; there is a strong sense of community. They are places of great synergy, where the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Aspirations are raised, young people are empowered."
Evergreen is located in the vibrant state capital of Olympia. Students can easily access the urban life of Seattle or Portland, or the recreational opportunities of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Rainier and the Olympic National Park, all within a one- to two-hour drive.
Evergreen's forested 1000-acre campus features a half-mile of saltwater beach on Puget Sound, a Native American longhouse, an organic farm, and award winning, environmentally friendly architecture in its newest classroom and office complex. With a strong commitment to sustainability in operations, curriculum and policy, Evergreen has been noted as one of the nation's top 'green' colleges.
The vast majority of Evergreen's 4800 students are undergraduates studying the liberal arts and the sciences, including natural and physical sciences. The college also offers graduate programs in Education, Environmental Study, Public Administration, and Teaching.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1967
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting city
2012 Endowment $8,108,064


When applying to Evergreen State College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Evergreen State College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 98.4 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 98.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Evergreen State College is 21:1, and the school has 37.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Evergreen State College include: Social Sciences, Other; Humanities/Humanistic Studies; Natural Sciences; Environmental Studies; and Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences, Other 21%
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 19%
Natural Sciences 15%
Environmental Studies 13%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 12%

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Student Life

Evergreen State College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,193, with a gender distribution of 46.5 percent male students and 53.5 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus. Evergreen State College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,509
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Evergreen State College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, and health service. Evergreen State College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Evergreen State College, 36 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Evergreen State College.

Students who have cars on campus 36%
Health insurance offered No

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In-state tuition and fees $8,395 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,561 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,240 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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