Evergreen State College campus

Overview

Applicants
1,544
Acceptance Rate
99%
Average HS GPA
2.95

GPA Breakdown

6%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
32%
2.50 - 2.99
19%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
420 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
224
with Terminal Degree
178

120
Women
104
Men
52
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
54%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

  • Education

  • Education, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Natural Sciences
  • Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, Other

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Students Say

“Keeping education in its purest form alive and well in the heart of the Northwest,” The Evergreen State College offers “a unique approach” to academics. The school provides an “interactive environment—with a diverse, enriching learning method,” which allows students “to focus on [their] passions and explore them in detail.” Everyone creates their own educational paths and directs the pace of their own learning. As a few students say admiringly, “I feel a sense of freedom with the academics at Evergreen.” “I have more power as a student.” Greatly appreciated is the flexibility found within the curriculum. “I was excited about building my own major.” “No self-motivated student will leave Evergreen unsatisfied.” Students work collaboratively here and support one another in their endeavors. “It’s not about grades or competition; it’s about self-improvement and personal fulfillment.” Evaluations are used to view student progress, with “interdisciplinary education over declared majors” being the focus. “Your classes are all interconnected, so it’s easy to link what you’re doing into a defined path.” “My transcript says more about me than A’s, B’s, and C’s possibly could.” “The philosophy…definitely lowers the stress I experience around academics.” Professors assist students in innumerable ways and are “very intimately involved in the education of their students.” “At Evergreen, in order to have a great experience you need to be able to talk to your professors and engage with them.” “I have not met a professor yet who was not willing to rework their mode of teaching to better serve the class.” The educational atmosphere is highly interactive. Most every student “actively engages the material with field work, undergraduate research, and extended trips.” “Class time is spent doing workshops, seminars, or a led discussion where everyone participates.” “Even the science programs involve large portions of discussion and peer collaboration.” As one undergraduate describes slyly, “My professors have been A++, if Evergreen assigned grades.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lynda Barry, 1979
Author, cartoonist, painter, illustrator

Robert McChesney, 1977
Media scholar, co-founder of Free Press

Jackie Heinricher, 1986
Bamboo entrepreneur, founder of Booshoot Gardens

Joe A. Dear, 1976
CIO of CalPERS, served in Clinton Administration

Matt Groening, 1977
Creator of The Simpsons, Life in Hell, Futurama

Calvin Johnson
Musician and founder of K Records

Elizabeth Furse, 1974
United States Congresswoman 93-99

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
54%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

Evergreen is an extremely affordable and cost-effective public school–especially for in-state students. “Our school is one of the only schools offering such an alternative approach to higher education, and might be the only one that does it at state tuition,” says one resident. Others are pleased to discover “the cost of attending this school was a lot lower than I thought,” and that ESC is “the best education for my money.” “I wanted to choose what I was going to spend my time and money on studying, instead of have it chosen for me through pre-requisites.” Most Evergreen students are very active in the community, and internships are usually required. “Since we are so close to the state capital I was given the opportunity to be a student lobbyist for my school and make a difference for access to higher education.” Independent studies and study abroad are features included in many upper-division programs, affording students invaluable real-life experiences.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,849

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,503

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,236

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,401

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,064

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,512
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,927
Required Fees
$693
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$3,270
Transportation for Commuters
$1,380

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,878
Out of State
25%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

2.23%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.12%
Asian
5.52%
African-American
7.85%
Hispanic
65.48%
Caucasian
8.91%
Unknown

54% female
46% male
25% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Students Say

The “kindness and awareness of the community” is frequently said by students to be one of the most valued aspects of their experience here. “Articulate” and “inquisitive” undergraduates are evident in large numbers. “Students tend to be very politically aware and active with very liberal points of view” and are “mostly peaceful relaxed people” amidst an “open-minded social environment.” The dorms are divided into different themes, and “the residential staff is professional and keeps the housing community functioning and safe.” “The campus police are pretty awesome people,” as well. Evergreen is respected by students throughout the college for its “forward-thinking” administration and faculty, with a “dedication to sustainability” being clearly evident around the campus.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
21%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
77%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Evergreen has a “booming extracurricular life”; students enjoy the “thriving local art and music scene, very hip and fresh,” in Olympia as well as easily accessible Seattle or Portland. “The Flaming Eggplant, the student-run cafe, is simply the cheapest and most delicious place on the planet,” as well as a very popular hangout. The Student Activities office has no shortage of options for undergraduates here, with “more than fifty different clubs and student groups.” Physical activity is popular, and the recreational center has racquetball, a pool, a rock-climbing wall, and various places to exercise. There is “no shortage of local hiking, backpacking, and biking opportunities.” “Hikes in the woods, down to the beach, or up to the bluff are very common as well as late-night stargazing.” The physical surroundings are viewed with much admiration at Evergreen. “Our campus is set back in this magical forest with these winding paths down to the beach. There are tree forts, giant sculptures, dream catchers in the trees, hidden drum circles, and music everywhere.” As one student describes fondly, “To me, it is reminiscent of Thoreau’s solitude in nature.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Access Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Meredith Inocencio

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Documentation by a licensed medical practitioner which identifies tests administered, explains test results, and describes the covered disabilities and any recommended accommodations. See http://www.evergreen.edu/access/eligibility.htm

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation by a licensed medical practitioner which identifies tests administered, explains test results, and describes the covered disabilities and any recommended accommodations. See http://www.evergreen.edu/access/eligibility.htm

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
66
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

3% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Geoducks)
4 Sports

Basketball
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Geoducks)
5 Sports

Basketball
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: First Peoples' Advising; Access Services for Students with Disabilities; Keep Enhancing Yourself (KEY Student Services); GEAR UP Program; more info at www.evergreen.edu/studentservices. Many other student-run organizations with specific minority focuses; more info at www.evergreen.edu/activities/groups.htm

Sustainability

As a signatory of the ACUPCC, The Evergreen State College is focused on reducing its carbon footprint. In fact, it’s aiming for complete carbon neutrality on campus by 2020. The college has put an ambitious sustainability program together in order to achieve this goal, which includes annual carbon inventories, campus-wide composting and recycling, and an initiative to integrate sustainability across the curriculum. Environmental awareness and social justice values are inherent to the physical campus, community values, and the curriculum at Evergreen. The college also boasts multiple student groups focused on environmental issues and offers graduate fellowships in sustainability. Recent renovations of residential duplexes have incorporated multiple sustainable practices— from materials selection to waste diversion—as well as innovative heating and water conservation systems. All students, faculty, and staff at Evergreen receive free bus passes, which go a long way toward reducing campus-based vehicular pollution. The campus also has the first publicly funded LEED Gold building in Washington (with a wood floor that was recycled from a local junior high school’s gym), and the campus library’s roof was recently fitted with a 9-kilowatt solar panel system. Evergreen is also seeking LEED certification for its renovations. Thirty-five percent of the college’s energy consumption is derived from renewable sources, and 33 percent of food purchased for the cafeterias is from local and/or organic sources. A student green energy fee pays for the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits for 100 percent of the college's electricity and provides grant funding for student-initiated clean energy and resource conservation projects.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
No

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
40%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
17

Average Number of PC's per Lab
21.4

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
96%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple MacIntosh, Microsoft and Dell.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tyler Jass
Student Visitor Program Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW
Olympia, WA 98505

Phone
(360) 867-6172

Email
jasst@evergreen.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
College Activities Building (newly remodeled)
Housing Community Center
Organic Farm
The Flaming Eggplant-Student run cafe
Sem II Café
Evergreen beach and woods

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Olympia Food Co-op
Olympia Farmers Market
Fish Tale Brew Pub
Caffe Vita
Historic Capitol Theater

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year-round, varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Contact coach directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 1 hour from Olympia. Bus and shuttle service is available for the trip from airport to campus. For shuttle service, call Capital Aeroporter (1-800-962-3579). You may also use their website to book your transportation http://www.capair.com

Driving Instructions to Campus
From north or south: Take Interstate 5 to Olympia. Turn onto Highway 101 at Exit 104. Go west on 101 North for three miles. Take The Evergreen State College exit. Go two miles north on the Evergreen Parkway to the main campus entrance (at the roundabout).

Local Accommodations
The Student Visitor Program offers you a hosted overnight stay in our freshman-style housing. We provide a bed and all linens; you are responsible for toiletries and some meals. You will be housed in a room with up to three other people, and you will share the same bathroom. A student host will take you around the campus in the evening and even treat you to a meal in the Greenery. To make arrangements please contact the Office of Admissions at 360-867-6172. Here are some suggestions for overnight accommodations: Extended StayAmerica 800-398-7829; Holiday Inn Express 800-465-4329; Phoenix Inn 877-570-0555; Ramada Inn/Governor House 800-272-6232; Guest House Inn and Suites 800-214-8378; Red Lion Olympia 800-325-4000; and Motel 6 800-466-8356.