Olympia, WA
The Evergreen State College


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Recent Reviews

Geoff
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Liberal arts, choose-your-own-path, study what you want to learn, no majors, student evaluations rather than grades.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Liberal arts, choose-your-own-path, study what you want to learn, no majors, student evaluations rather than grades.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents: Guide your child in the process and try to have them think and feel out what would be right. Don't let them be lazy and just "get accepted alrite I'll go" mentality, this is an incredibly important oppurtunity for your child. Also do not force them into a school because you think you need to model them after some kind of image you have in mind. It is likely not going to have the intended result and will probably do more harm than good. It is a process of both parties deciding what they want to do and what they can afford to do, be resilient in your views but ultimately it is going to be their decision. Kids: Do your research and form your own understanding of what you want out of college. Use resources such as the internet, The Princeton Review, Newsweek's list, etc. to see what's out their and what you can achieve. Be realistic in your goals and stand up for yourself by presenting facts to your parents and show them you have spent time and effort on deciding your own future.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The apathy of students (at least beginning year) to get motivated and look up classes they wanted to take. Since there are no majors it is up to the students to decide just what they want, but some just want to sit around smoke weed and place video games/TV. It is important in this respect to realize that you must balance work and play, although at this college the two can sometimes go hand in hand :D

Diana
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure your research in choosing a school is thorough, because you could be stuck going to a college that isn't right for ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure your research in choosing a school is thorough, because you could be stuck going to a college that isn't right for you. Not all schools are the same. Go and visit, sit in on a class, maybe even stay the night. You won't know if you like it or not until you try it.

What's unique about your campus?

If you want to be in the great outdoors and are VERY independant, Evergreen is perfect for you.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The system for taking classes. One class a quarter? What if you get a horrible teacher? Too bad because there is little possiblity there will be room for you in another class, let alone a class interesting you.

Jacqlyn
Describe the students at your school.

Educated people who want the best for the world.

Describe the students at your school.

Educated people who want the best for the world.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Both parents and students should expect the unexpected, and most importantly save money! College debt is terrible, save save save!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Liberal, non-comformist, open minded, person.

Loni
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A down-to -earth woodsy place perfect for learning with much culture and environmental know-how.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A down-to -earth woodsy place perfect for learning with much culture and environmental know-how.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Ask yourself why you want to go to college, it should be only to continue and progress in the fight for knowlege, love and wisdom. Pick a place that is sustainable and can teach you how to survive in this crazy world. Follow your heart and study your passions, never give up your dreams. Pick a place with internship, study abroad and individual study options, all are genuanlly important to a good college experience. Don't rush things or break the bank, live well and know your financial limits. You can not work and study full time at the same time, it is an injustice to your learning and pointless of your time. Visit the college and talk to students with similer intereasts, walk the campus and see the town. Does it feel like home? The Evergreen State College is my home, Go Geo-Ducks!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Intergraded programs are a great way to learn, the fact that there are no grades but evaluations, and your transcripts are just a long story of your college experience. The openess and passion in all around campus, Love for community and sustainability. Great Ganja!

Emma
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A vibrant, verdant, vivacious, and very, very, beautiful place to live and love and learn and grow.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A vibrant, verdant, vivacious, and very, very, beautiful place to live and love and learn and grow.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice is to the students. Don't listen to "them". It's not about prestige. It's not about the weather, it's not about the name, it's not about making the most money. It's not about going to a "good school" and getting a degree so you can infiltrate the ever-growing job market. It's about loving what you do. If your passion is becoming a doctor and that means you would absolutely love to go to Harvard Medical School, then do it. If your passion is Botany and that means you go to Evergreen State College to study the plants of the Pacific Northwest, and then decide once you're there that studying basket weaving is really what you're in love with, but then you realize that you just want to write poetry all day every day, then that's what you do. And that's what you love. And know that it's probably going to change at least 15 times during your life, but hey. At least you're smiling and happy. Feel those tugs on your heartstrings and follow wherever they're a-pullin'.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

That we're really progressive and the focus isn't on grades, or majors, or meaningless things like that. What's important here is an intense passion and desire to learn for the sake of learning and making a genuine difference in the world around us. Plus, there isn't a greek life, and our mascot is a geoduck.

Cody
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I spend most of my time in class or in Student Activities, where all of our student-financed clubs are based. Evergreen has ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I spend most of my time in class or in Student Activities, where all of our student-financed clubs are based. Evergreen has a vibrant and active club scene, where students can become involved in economics, religion, politics, public health, community organizing, outdoor adventure and environmental consciousness. Evergreen rests in a 1,000 acre forest, and has about 2 miles of pristine beach property on Eld Inlet. For the most part, Evergreen's administration is responsive to student needs. They know many students on a first name basis, and are truly committed to ensuring higher education and Evergreen's unique learning environment remains accessible. The biggest recent controversy on campus was the "dead prez riot" which was covered extensively by the local media. The unrest came as a shock, particularly because the college has never experienced anything like it before. The campus response to the event was encouraging, and students have engaged in a lot of constructive dialogue about what contributed to the unrest, and how we can prevent it from happening again. I will always remember my summers spent on Evergreen beach, my instructors who took a personal interest in my success, the Geoduck fight song, and the student union's retreat in autumn of 2007.

Describe the students at your school.

Evergreen fosters diverse perspectives and lifestyles. The campus demographics are not particularly diverse, and the majority of students are white from solid middle class backgrounds. There are a variety of subcultures on campus, and most students believe that social awareness and sustainability are important. The college is small enough that most people have some connection with one another by the time they graduate. Students are primarily liberal, environmentally conscious, and active in a student group or community project.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I'd like to see the manarchists eliminated. Expel and prosecute the rioters.

What are the academics like at your school?

Evergreen is a public liberal arts school in the pacific northwest. The college emphasizes interdisciplinary studies, and promotes the 'program' format where students take one class each quarter. Students receive thorough evaluations of academic performance from their instructors, rather than just letter grades. We have a low student to teacher ratio, which affords students the opportunity for true interaction with their instructors. We refer to our teachers by their first names. Every instructor knows their student's names, and personal interests. Students are more collaborative than competitive, and we value integrating ideas and applying these in the real world.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Stereotypical portrayals are of a school full of slacker stoners, hippies and anarchists.

Eli
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Evergreen was once covered by a dome made of pot smoke and everyone seemed chill and got along. Sometime during this year the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Evergreen was once covered by a dome made of pot smoke and everyone seemed chill and got along. Sometime during this year the crack down on parties and drugs finally broke the dome and rapes started to happen on campus, riots, cops with tear gas, dogs and cats living together...the list goes on. To sum up shit went downhill real fast in 2008

Describe the students at your school.

Evergreen is a liberal minded kind of place, so no one can really figure out why it is mostly populated by a bunch of white kids. other than the minority issue, Evergreen is really the Breakfast Club of colleges, we have brains, jocks, princesses, basket cases and criminals. The common rule of Evergreen is that the further away from Washington the more respected it as a school. We get people from everywhere from New York to Japan.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

If you want to study something specific I would recommend going to a different sort of college, but if you are looking to find yourself without all the hassle of backpacking around Europe than by all means come to this bizarre campus.

What are the academics like at your school?

Imagine someone took everything you could ever do at a school and threw it in a blender, what came out was the class catalog of Evergreen. It is great, when each quarter ends you can choose to do something completely different from what you did last. The short end of the stick is that while you may get to do something awesome, like creative writing, you may have to deal with a sea of shit you dislike, like 18th century Japanese History or something. If you can jump through the hoops like a circus poodle you can get an independent contract. The contract lets you do just about anything you want as long as you wave your work in front of a professor and say "See, I did what i said I would do."

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Seems like everyone during their freshman year find a group of friends and cling to them for the entire college career. You can normally find a party on weekends, but since the school started a crack down on parties my freshman year the parties have gotten worse and worse. At this point they have become lame parties populated by people just hoping someone has the balls to spike the punch after the RA leaves or twelve people getting shit-faced with the blinds drawn and hoping they aren't loud enough to make the cops come. You can go and party like Kid Rock over in the Glen, but just walking in the Glen at night is enough to get you an STD. If you do get to a party there without getting herpes they end to be a might sketchy, as is everything in the Glen.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

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.

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