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Founded in 1967, The Evergreen State College. is a Public college. Located in Washington, which is a city setting in Washington, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 3,787 full time undergraduate students, and 302 full time graduate students.
The The Evergreen State College Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 21:1. There are 163 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at The Evergreen State College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,29% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 30 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
65% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 28% were in the top quarter, and 11% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at The Evergreen State College.
97 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.
97 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
121 Students rated campus food 2.7 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.
130 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.
130 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.
130 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.
17 Students rated The Evergreen State College
The Evergreen State College is a school for students who know what they want. There are no majors, nor grades. Rather, Evergreen offers the unique and fundamental chance to make education hands-on, tailored, and real. This is a college which applies education – making it purposeful. At Evergreen, learning is interdisciplinary and transnational, not isolated; it is collaborative, not competitive; personal, not generic; and practiced, not just lectured!
When taxonomy (like majors, grades, Greek life) does not exist, students think critically and sustainably about their education. “What does this education look like beyond college?” Every student studies theory and applies it to real world issues, while still enrolled. Evergreen does not use a competitive learning model. Students learn collaboratively. Alternatively, there is no anxiety to be ‘best’ (and because everyone has their own field). Students are charmed into thinking and discussing en masse. This boosts personal engagement! Collaborative learning and personal engagement germinate conversation – yes, even the shy ones in the back. Students want to use one another as sounding boards and be challenged constructively.
No majors means no barriers. Students are inspired to match unrelated emphases and find their intersections! When a student can mélange the unrelated, something brilliant happens; that student dismantles an insidious “divide and conquer” mentality and thinks autonomously – a powerful, dangerous thing. With this super-power, students begin bridging gaps. Societally and introspectively, an Evergreener ameliorates damaged ‘sources,’ not symptoms. This is a ‘wholistic’ approach, opposed to regurgitating antiquated practices.
If there are no labelled-departments, there is nothing for a letter-grade to categorize. Which is fine, letter grades are flat symbols for very messy learning processes. They are inconsistent quantitative data on student progress and unrepresentative of student work. How a student links theory to practical application is what is evaluated at Evergreen. Another gift is the intimate student to teacher ratio. A teacher to a small classroom has the privilege to observe each student and write individualized evaluations on their performance. Based on the anomalous field of interest, professors profess what a student might do next even.
Imagine the infinite possibilities of being supported by both faculty and peers, not grades nor other arguably antiquated systems. The Evergreen State College is an institution for passionate pioneers with purposeful planetary plans, not people pining for a proximate paycheck.
TESC was the second university I attended, and a world apart – literally, and figuratively. I started out at a public university in Texas where my freshman classes were HUGE lectures with hundreds of students. It was hard to find my place and be comfortable starting conversations. At TESC, classes are small and tightly knit. It felt like a much better place for me to learn and grow.
Overall, this place is fantastic. I am a trans queer kid with PTSD from a school shooting I was in (I'm always scared; take my campus safety review with a grain of rice) and they are very accommodating. Problem wise: they don't listen to their students of color, particularly black students. There is a medium-sized neo-nazi population both on campus and in the city of Olympia itself. They also have a proud TERF on their payroll, so trans students watch out. Academics wise: amazing. Pass/fail, five page long evaluations of your work from both yourself and your teacher, the class sizes are small and attentive, and there's only one class per quarter. Living on campus is a breeze, however Olympia isn't within easy walking distance so if you're disabled like me just keep that in mind. They do give you a free bus pass, though! Also: their acceptance rate is almost 100%.
The Evergreen State College is an oasis in the desert of grades and department politics. Why? Because at the Evergreen State College, we have none of those!
Rather than grades, Evergreen faculty write an evaluation at the end of each quarter for each student. In addition, each student writes an evaluation of the faculty, their own participation in the class, as well as a cumulative academic statement that will be completed just before graduation. It's a longer process, but the focus in class shifts dramatically away from grades or tests, and toward the understanding of the students.
When it comes to university politics between the departments, Evergreen bows out of the conversation. To promote the interdisciplinary learning style of the college, Evergreen's founders have elected not to have departments. Without the fighting for funds, enrollment, or resources, faculty can focus on other aspects of teaching.
The focus here, at the Evergreen State College, is on learning and understanding. We pride ourselves in our ability to make connections between disparate subject matter, work in small groups, and reflect on our own processes of discovery. That is what makes Evergreen stand out from other colleges and universities, and that is what makes Evergreen a wonderful institution.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for The Evergreen State College is 97%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Focus on the big picture, not individual classes or interests alone. Going to college is more than getting a degree, it is learning how to take the skills you learn and apply them in fields that may not seem to be immediately apparent, and develop enough depth to your studies that you can adapt to changes in technology and the economy.
The school is very interdisciplinary; you can go through the whole quarter thinking you are skirting by without working, and finish with no credit. They don't have grades at Evergreen, they just don't award you for what you don't do. If you mess around, no one will stop you, but you will end up paying for many credits you won't receive. Also, the weather can throw some students into a terrible depression over the winter. If you are not used to the winters of Northwestern Washington, stay active and around friends to help yourself get through.
My school is top of the line allows you a little room to explore your options and fields of choice.
My school is all about critical thinking and ability to do work on own.
Social, opinionated, open-minded
NO grades, outgoing, liberal, enviornmentally aware, relaxed,
At the Evergreen State College, we have a such a unique way of approaching issues, we sometimes become clouded in our own thinking. The real world is often times different than our perceptions, and such, the problem-solving taking place can be unrealistic at times. This is not to say that these solutions are not practical, but only that they are often times not politically viable.
Political freedoms, protesting, lack of a grading system, progressive thinking, friendly people.
The amount of self-motivation needed to sustain alll 4 years of college. Also, a little more about meal plans.
Self-motivated, teamwork oriented people who are cooperative education and inter-discipline oriented with an interest in active community participation.
I enjoy the academic freedom here at Evergreen. There are hardly any hoops to jump through when it comes to taking certain classes or getting involved with programs. This was a problem in the past for me at my old college. If I wanted to switch programs or majors, it was as if I had to start my education over. Meaning everything leading up to that point was practically null and void. Why do traditional colleges prioritize and marginalize prior learning? Anyways, Evergreen does not and that is probably one of it's greatest attributes-- freedom.
I myself am probably in the demographic of people who should not attend this school. Nontraditionally aged white males have to be fairly open-minded and able to spend most of their time alone or else they should pick a different school. Racism is minimal but agism exists.
That I can be as weird as I want, the weirder the better!
When you graduate, alumni* have shared their advantages in seeing the forest through the trees and their superior ability to write up what they observe and solutions needed if any. For the first 20+ years there were no tests, because you had to know what you were talking about in writing. Tests alienate faculty from the responsibility to stay abreast of their focus and destroy the one-on-one contact that made Evergreen's success a fact.
*A state senator who graduated in 1997 shared how he was allowed to contemplate his work and skip class to do it as a surfer.
We are considered to be the angriest hippies on earth. We love trees and we will fucking flip your car if your try to do something we find unjust.
Take a 2 credit summer course to get accustomed to the BS and get yourself into the system as a work-study student.
Stay in the dorms and look for a unit off campus. Rent a unit in a trailer park or a room in a home.
Come Fall-Winter-Spring, take a three quarter program in a field of interest to get used to people, brain-wave entrainment (elites like to dominate a group consciousness unless you set them straight), and work on basic research skills.
Investigate Native American Studies by meeting with the professors at 1 PM on a Tuesday or Thursday. Write your own syllabus and follow it out. When through, you will have the self-discipline of a good Marine.
Begin networking inside your field while in NAS with the help of your professors. No university; no college; no school has more student-professor interaction than Evergreen's.
The campus has been catholicized using the black-magician's technique of taboo, fault, and introversion. Read Charles Higham's American Swastika ISBN -385178743 to learn how Father Coughlin and Catholics in Brooklyn advocated the overthrow of FDR in favor of Italy's, Spain's & Germany's fascism.
The stereotypes that exist are hippies, stoners, and slackers. The "hippy" part is definitely pretty accurate and there are stoners and slackers but not nearly to the degree we are known for. In almost every program I have been in there really haven't been any slackers but there have been bare feet.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
86% of students
attending The Evergreen State College receive some sort of financial aid.
38% were awarded federal grants.
While 48% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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