The Evergreen State College

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General Information

Evergreen State College, a public
institution offering a liberal arts
core, is located in Olympia, Washington.
The school prides itself on
its innovative approaches to learning and
its focus on public service,
environmental responsibility, diversity,
and social justice.

Evergreen intentionally focuses its
educational activities on the
promotion of student learning through
interdisciplinary study,
collaborative learning, learning across
significant differences,
personal engagement, and linking theory
with practical applications.
Faculty, staff, and administration expect
graduates to assume
responsibility for their work, to
participate in today's diverse
society, communicate effectively,
demonstrate critical thinking, apply
various modes of inquiry across
disciplines, and demonstrate a depth of
learning that reveals itself in an ability
to analyze the personal and
social importance of that learning.

Evergreen’s focus on a “learning
community” is a unique approach among
public liberal arts colleges. Students do
not sign up for individual,
focused classes. Instead, they become
involved in interdisciplinary
programs that are often team-taught by
several faculty members.
Students may be involved in designing
their own majors, studying
abroad, and hands-on learning. Evergreen
has also done away with the
traditional letter-grade system, opting
instead to work with students
to create narrative evaluations to
delineate each individual’s progress.

Admissions Information

Potential students may apply to Evergreen
online or by mail. The school
charges a $50 application fee that is
nonrefundable. Applicants must
also provide official transcripts via
mail, issued by their school or
registrar, as well as ACT or SAT scores
for freshmen. ACT/SAT scores
are to be provided by the agency that
provided the testing.

In addition, Evergreen encourages (but
does not require, unless the
applicant is an international student or
is a home school graduate) that
potential students provide a personal
statement. This statement is
reviewed by the school’s Admissions
Committee in order to determine
whether the applicant is likely to be a
good fit for the Evergreen
community. Often the personal statement
may work to a student’s
advantage if his or her transcripts or
standardized test scores leave
something to be desired.

College Majors

Evergreen offers Fields of Study in the
following areas:

    •   
Writing
    •   
Biology and life sciences
    •   
Psychology
    •   
Visual and media arts
    •   
Environmental studies

Evergreen offers over sixty areas of
emphasis (not “majors”) in a broad
variety of areas. A number of traditional
areas are offered, such as
Visual Arts, Anthropology, Biology,
Botany, Economics, Education,
Sociology, and Theatre. But Evergreen also
offers a number of
nontraditional areas, such as Aesthetics,
Classics, Community Studies,
Consciousness Studies, Gender and Women’s
Studies, Hydrology,
Leadership Studies, Native American
Studies, Political Economy, Queer
Studies, and Somatic Studies.

Undergraduate Programs

As stated above, each student is
responsible to develop his or her own
academic plan at Evergreen, under the
guidance of a counselor. Students
are encouraged to focus on an Area of
Emphasis while also keeping in
mind any prerequisites that may be needed
for future graduate study.

The Bachelor of Arts program requires that
students complete 180
quarter credits, although Evergreen does
not require any particular
courses be taken nor stipulate any major
requirements be fulfilled.

Like the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of
Science program requires
that students complete 180 quarter
credits. However, 72 of those must
be in computer science, math, or science,
with nearly 50 of the 72
coming from upper-division computer
science, math, or science. Students
are responsible to meet with their
academic advisors to be sure they
are on the right path to fulfilling all
requirements.

In addition, Evergreen offers a Bachelor
of Arts and Science degree.
Like the Bachelor of Science program, 72
credits must be in computer
science, math, or science, with 48 of
those achieved through
upper-level study. However, the Bachelor
of Arts and Science degree
requires completion of 225 quarter credits
rather than 180.

Graduate Programs

Evergreen offers the following graduate
programs:

  • Master of Environmental Studies:
    Focuses on ecology and sustainability
    while looking to the future of
    the planet. Undergraduate students
    from all fields of study may apply.
  • Master of Public Administration:
    Graduate students in this field may
    concentrate on Tribal Governance,
    Public Policy, or Public and Nonprofit
    Administration.
  • Master in Teaching: Focuses on
    the diverse and complex world of
    today’s public education. Evergreen is
    proud that nearly all MiT graduates
    obtain teaching positions.

Rankings

Evergreen has earned a reputation for
excellence in the world of
academia. The Princeton Review’s list of
Best Western Colleges,
2009-2010, includes Evergreen, and the
college ranked number five in
the Masters West Category of “best public
colleges” by US News and
World Report (2009-2010) and took the
number one spot in the West on
the magazine’s Undergraduate Teaching at
Masters Universities.

Accreditation

Evergreen is accredited by the Council of
Public Liberal Arts Colleges
(COPLAC), which consists of 26 public
universities and colleges in the
US and Canada. COPLAC was established in
the late 1980s.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Evergreen’s Financial Aid Office works
with students who need financial
assistance. Options include:

  • Gift Aid (no repayment
    required), including the Washington
    State Tuition Waiver, the Federal
    Pell Grant, the Evergreen Need Grant,
    the FedState Need Grant, and the
    Federal Supplemental Educational
    Opportunity Grant.
  •  Employment opportunities
    through Evergreen’s Work-Study
    Program.
  • Loans (repayment required) such
    as the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan,
    the Direct Unsubsidized Loan,
    Federal Perkins Loans, and PLUS Loans.
  • Scholarship opportunities.
    (Contact Evergreen’s Enrollment
    Services Office for more information.)
  • The TEACH Grant, available only to
    qualifying Master’s in Teaching
    graduate students.

Library System

Evergreen is home to the Daniel J. Evans
Library, which gives students
access to over 15 million resources,
including books, movies, and so
on. In addition, the library offers a
media loan system through which
students may borrow multimedia equipment
and even obtain training on
multimedia devices.

Athletics

Evergreen’s athletic teams include men’s
and women’s basketball,
soccer, cross country, track and field,
and crew. Student athletes
compete in the Cascade Collegiate
Conference of the National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The school is proud of its unique mascot,
the geoduck (pronounced
“gooey-duck”), which is a large clam
native to the Pacific Northwest.

Student Housing

Evergreen’s student population is
approximately 4,500, with a large
percentage of those being undergraduates.
First-year students are
required to live in on-campus dormitory
housing.

However, second-year students and beyond
are allowed to choose from a
variety of housing plans, either
apartments or modular units. Evergreen
apartments are organized according to
“styles” or themes, and students
are encouraged to choose the apartments
that are the best fit for their
personalities and interests. Themes
include “Sustainability,” “Clean
Air Housing,” “Substance Free,” “Rainbow
Fort,” “Quiet,” and “No Theme.”

General Information

Admission Office

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW

Olympia, WA 98505

(360) 867-6170

Fax: (360) 867-5114

[email protected]

Contact: Doug Scrima

Director of Admissions
Main Address

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW

Olympia, WA 98505

(360) 867-6000

www.evergreen.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 4,364

First-time degree-seeking
freshmen: 665

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,228

Graduate enrollment: 332

Setting

Rural setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee:
Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 94%

Percent of students who return for
sophomore year: 70%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses
for Academic Year
2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $5,127 $5,343 $5,959 $6,679 +12.08%
Books and
Supplies
$900 $924 $924 $972 +5.19%
Living Arrangement –
On Campus
Room and Board $7,842 $8,052 $8,052 $8,460 +5.07%
Other $2,934 $3,264 $3,264 $3,510 +7.54%
Living Arrangement –
Off Campus
Room and Board $7,842 $8,052 $8,052 $8,460 +5.07%
Other $2,934 $3,264 $3,264 $3,510 +7.54%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On
Campus
$16,803 $17,583 $18,199 $19,621 +7.81%
In-state Off
Campus
$16,803 $17,583 $18,199 $19,621 +7.81%
In-state with
Family
$6,027 $6,267 $6,883 $7,651 +11.16%
Average Graduate School
Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $7,215
In-state Student Fees $571
Out-of-state Tuition $20,031
Out-of-state Student Fees $571

Financial Aid

Full-time
Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per
Student
All students
financial aid
484 73%
Grant or
scholarship aid
413 63% $2,036,973 $4,932
Federal grants 128 19% $522,807 $4,084
Pell grants 127 19% $428,554 $3,374
Other federal
grants
76 12% $94,253 $1,240
Local and state
government scholarships or
grants
397 60% $1,234,124 $3,109
Institutional
grants or scholarships
81 12% $280,042 $3,457
Student loan
financial aid
238 36% $1,230,705 $5,171
Federal student
loans
237 36% $1,091,919 $4,607
Other student
loans
13 2% $138,786 $10,676

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most
Recent Year
BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1151 128
Education 52
Mathematics Teacher Education 9
Teacher Education, Multiple
Levels
29
Teaching English As A Second or
Foreign Language/esl Language
Instructor
14
Human Services, General 54
Public Administration 54
Liberal Arts and Sciences,
General Studies and Humanities
985
Liberal Arts and
Sciences/liberal Studies
985
Multi-/interdisciplinary
Studies, General
166
Biological and Physical
Sciences
166
Natural Resources and
Conservation
22
Environmental Studies 21
Natural Resources Management
and Policy, Other
1
Above data represent
first majors only.
(-) Indicates that
program is not offered at this award
level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related
Sciences

Agriculture
– General B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, &
Gender Studies

Area,
Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender
Studies B
Native
American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art –
General B
Arts –
General B
Drama/Theater
Arts B
Film
Production/Cinematography B
Film
Studies B
Fine/Studio
Arts B
Multimedia
B

Biological & Biomedical
Sciences

Biology
B

Business, Management, &
Marketing

Business
Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric
B
Journalism
B

Computer & Information
Sciences

Computer/Information
Sciences – General B

Education
Education
– General B

English Language &
Literature

English
Language & Literature –
General B

Foreign Language &
Literature

Classics
B
Foreign
Language & Literature –
General B
Linguistics
B

Health Professions &
Clinical Sciences

Health
Services – General B

History
History
– General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities
B
Liberal
Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Statistics/Probability
B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological/Physical
Sciences B
Global
Studies B
Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity
Studies B
Natural
Sciences B

Natural Resources &
Conservation

Environmental
Science B
Environmental
Studies B
Natural
Resources & Conservation –
General B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy
B
Religion/Religious
Studies B

Physical Sciences
Physical
Sciences – General B

Psychology
Psychology
– General B

Public Administration &
Services

Public
Administration B

Social Sciences
Political
Science/Government B
Social
Sciences – General B
Sociology
B

Degree levels for each major are
designated by the following
letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee
the
accuracy of information on this
page. All information is subject
to
change. You should confirm all
information with a college
admissions
officer.


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