the evergreen state college

The Evergreen State College (commonly referred to as Evergreen State, or just Evergreen) is one of the most frequently searched universities in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges. 

Evergreen State is a public liberal arts and science college, established in 1967 as an experimental, non traditional college.

Evergreen currently maintains an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students, the vast majority of them studying at the undergraduate level. The acceptance rate for Evergreen State is around 98%.

The student faculty ratio is roughly 1 in 20, although instructors assign inclusive academic programs rather than teaching individual classes. What's more, instead of issuing grades, teachers at Evergreen State write one-page narrative evaluations of each undergraduate student's work.

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Evergreen State very highly for its first rate undergraduate teaching. 

Notable Evergreen State graduates include cartoonist Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), cartoonist Craig Bartlett, (creator of Hey, Arnold!), actor Michael Richards (from Seinfeld), and professional soccer player Shawn Medved, as well as quite a few successful writers and musicians, to name just a few. 

Evergreen State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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Above: A typical "class" on the Evergreen State campus

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Shown above: The library at Evergreen State features a magnificent stained glass window mural.


evergreen state college Q&A

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Evergreen State.  

1. Where is Evergreen State College?

The Evergreen campus is located in Olympia, Washington, a few miles northwest of downtown Olympia.

Here is the physical mailing address for Evergreen State:

Evergreen State College

2700 Evergreen parkway NW

Olympia, Washington



2. What undergraduate programs are offered at Evergreen State College?

Evergreen offers an alternative approach to learning. There are no "majors" at Evergreen. Instead, students may select from dozens of fully integrated topics for the entire quarter.

At the end of the quarter, the professor will consult with each student, and decide how many credits the student has earned. 

In order to obtain a Bachelors degree, a student must complete 180 credits. 

Here is the latest list of 65 areas of study for undergrads at Evergreen State: 

  • Almighty God: Religion And Power In The Near And Middle East
  • Animating the Sea: Motion, Light, And Eyes
  • Anthrozoology
  • Arts Of Urgency: Latin American Film And Literature 
  • Atoms, Molecules, And Reactions
  • Biology Of Sharks And Rays 
  • Botany
  • Business Fundamentals 
  • Business, Personal Finance, and Strategy
  • Clones And Mutants: Genetics and Photography 
  • Competency: The Road To An Excellent Helping Professional 
  • Computer Science Foundations
  • Cooperatives, Direct Democracy, And Sustainable Business Enterprises
  • Critical Vision: Art And Biology
  • Data Structures And Algorithms
  • Deserts
  • Early Childhood Learning
  • Ecological And Environmental Economics 
  • Ecological Dynamics
  • Ecology, Genetics, And Biodiversity Of Riparian Ecosystems 
  • Epic Journeys From Homer To Dante
  • Farm To Table 
  • Forests
  • Gateways For Incarcerated Youth 
  • Gender And Sexuality History
  • General Biology
  • Highway 101 Revisited: Literature, Music, And Ecology
  • Illustrations Of Character: Faith, Reason, And Ethics
  • Indigenous People And The Pacific World 
  • Integrated Natural Science
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Introduction To Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Experiment And Experience 
  • Ireland In History And Memory 
  • Literary Arts Foundations: Texts And Contexts
  • Madness And Creativity: The Psychological Link
  • Marine Environments
  • Mathematical Systems
  • Matter And Motion
  • Media Artist Studio
  • Movements And Migrations: Sustainable South Asia 
  • Music 
  • Music And Mythology
  • Outdoor Leadership And Group Dynamics
  • Permaculture Design
  • Picturing Plants 
  • Place, Memory, Narrative: Northwest Coast Native Art And Literature 
  • Plant Chemical Ecology: The Secret Life Of Plants
  • Plants And People
  • Political Economy And Social Movements 
  • Political Economy Of Power In American Society 
  • Private Sector Entrepreneurship 
  • Psychology: Professional Conference 
  • Public Health, Human Biology, And Community Resilience 
  • Quantitative Permaculture Systems 
  • Research Capstone In Psychology 
  • Snow Ecology
  • So You Want To Be A Psychologist 
  • Social Science Approaches To Solving Environmental Problems 
  • Student-Originated Software
  • Temporality, Word, And Image 
  • The Biology Of Living Systems
  • The Chemistry Of Living Systems
  • The Feminine Imaginary And Ancient Greece: Sappho, Medea, And Cassandra
  • The Social Animal

Above: Purce Hall, the lecture hall on the Evergreen campus.


3. What graduate programs are offered at Evergreen State College?

Evergreen offers the following 3 Masters degree programs:  

  1. Environmental Studies
  2. Public Administration
  3. Teaching 

Evergreen State does not offer PhDs, but Click Here to see a full list of PhD Programs In The State Of Washington

Above: Students walk the lush Evergreen campus, as Mt. Rainier looms in the background.


Above: Rainforest trails grace the Evergreen campus.


Above: Students on the Evergreen campus silhouetted against the clock tower.


Above: Students spend summers working in the Agricultural Lab and Organic Farm at Evergreen


4. How much does it cost to attend Evergreen State College?

According to the Evergreen website, the current estimated cost of attendance for undergraduate enrollment is roughly:

  • $6,800 per year for Washington State residents 
  • $25,000 per year for out of state enrollments 

However, the above costs only cover tuition and mandatory fees. 

Additional fees may also apply. These may include application fees, registration fees, lab fees, materials fees, technology fees, and parking fees, among others. 

Other expenses will include food, housing costs, books & supplies, and transportation. Be sure to factor in these expenses when estimating the affordability of Evergreen State. 

So the estimated all-inclusive cost of attendance for undergraduate enrollment at Evergreen is approximately

  • $22,000 per year for Washington residents
  • $41,000 per year for non residents 

Financial aid may be available to applicants who complete and submit the FAFSA form as soon as possible. Financial aid may consist of grants, loans, scholarships, work-study programs, or any combination of these. 

Above: The campus soccer field


5. What is the Evergreen State College campus like?

The campus occupies about a thousand acres in the ultra rural setting of a Washington rainforest. 

A vehicle is a virtual necessity around here, although downtown Olympia is only a few miles from campus. On-campus student housing is available. 

Noteworthy campus landmarks at Evergreen State include the Daniel J. Evans Library and the Evergreen Clock Tower. The clock tower, constructed in a mid-century modern architectural style, is the tallest structure on campus. 

The school colors are green and white. The student varsity athletes at Evergreen are named the Geoducks, after a type of clam that is native to the region.

The Geoducks play for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Cascade Collegiate Conference

Varsity sports for men and women at Evergreen include

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country  
  • Rowing (Crew)
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor) 
  • Volleyball

Non athletic campus activities include a student newspaper, a community radio station, and an organic farm, among others. 

Above: A google map of the Evergreen campus

6. What are the distance learning options at Evergreen State College?

Evergreen may offer some online courses, which are delivered by way of the Canvas Virtual Learning System. Contact the school using the phone number shown below to find out more about Evergreen online. 

However, remember that Evergreen is not a classroom-centric institution. A student's projects are very hands-on and integrative. 

However, Evergreen does offer convenient weekend and evening classes, to accommodate the schedules of all students.  

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7. What is the contact information for Evergreen State College?

You can reach a campus operator at Evergreen by calling 360-867-6000.

Above: Downtown Olympia. 

The city of Olympia, Washington's state capital, is home to roughly 50,000 people.


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