Olympia, WA
The Evergreen State College


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Vita
Describe the students at your school.

When I think of Evergreen State College, I think of music, experimentation, warmth and hospitality, a rain forest, everything...

Describe the students at your school.

When I think of Evergreen State College, I think of music, experimentation, warmth and hospitality, a rain forest, everything and anything possible- the most eclectic student body in the country!

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Evergreen is best known ofr experimental education; developing your own curriculum, elevating your education without tests and GPAs and grades as well as empowering the students to achieve whatever their mind and imagination is determined enough toexecute.

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

Dear Student, When I started college, I thought I would pursue environmental sciences because my parents encouraged it and I thought there were jobs in that industry. A year later, I found myself prusing visual arts. Ten years later, pursuing creative writing. No matter how hard you work against the grain of your soul, for career or financial promise, your spirit will succeed. Listen to what your heart and gut want to be, then give that part of yourself a chance to grow while you are young and have time to think, reflect and process. This is your time to experiment and fall in love, only then will you find the key to your real education.

Lisbeth
Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates are unique individuals. They are very accepting of people that identify as another gender besides the t...

Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates are unique individuals. They are very accepting of people that identify as another gender besides the typical "male" and "female" genders. They all come from different backgrounds and have a lot to contribute to the classroom setting. There are students that are considered freshman, but not the typical "fresh out of high school" students. They are persons that took a break from school, worked, and decided to return and get an education. My classroom is very unique in the sense that it is very diverse. You don't see a lot of that in college.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Something that I wish I knew before coming to this school would be that there are no grades given. It has been difficult adjusting to the different academic setting here. Especially being the first generation at this school to write an academic statement. It feels good to be one of the first to try something new here, but at times overwhelming. There is nothing one can do but accept this type of education and make the best of it. Learn to adapt because not everywhere that one sets foot on will find to ones own pleasures satisfied.

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

Evergreen is a school filled with creative and artistic students and it allows many different places for students to express ...

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

Evergreen is a school filled with creative and artistic students and it allows many different places for students to express themselves.

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

Because it's such an open and liberal campus, there are a lot of different opinions and views. However, some of the students seem a little pompus and arrogant as well as ignorant in talking to other people.

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

interesting, enjoyable, and academically stimulating.

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

interesting, enjoyable, and academically stimulating.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Freedom to study what one wants to.

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

I would tell my senior self to take the college search more seriously and apply to a variety of different schools, as well as to numerous scholarships. Although college application time is stressful, one needs to really think about the choices they have instead of diving into one on a whim, realizing that they will most likely be spending the next 4 years there.

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

Take a foreign language and put a lot of time and effort into it. Take chemistry and mathematics. Try to excell in your writi...

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

Take a foreign language and put a lot of time and effort into it. Take chemistry and mathematics. Try to excell in your writing. Hold a vision in your head of life after high school. Other than what you learn in class, the world of high school has very little to do with college life. Cliques and popularity contests might seem important in high school but they will avail you nothing in college. Spend some time at home learning to make three or four healthy meals because the food situation at most colleges will cause you to gain weight. If you have a musical instrument, practice it in your free time. Musical gatherings are a popular social activity in college. Do what you need to to get through the high school situation but remember there is a lot of life to be lived after high school and it is ok to look ahead and prepare.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

My school does not use grades, we use evaluations. It is difficult to know where you stand during any given quarter. There is a five week review and an end of quarter evaluation.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

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.

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

We have multidisciplinary programs, rather than one-subject classes. You can guide your own program of study and even create ...

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

We have multidisciplinary programs, rather than one-subject classes. You can guide your own program of study and even create contracts with professors to study in-depth what interests you.

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

There is a whole big, wide world out there beyond school. Get involved in it and it will in turn help you appreciate and apply the things you are learning in school. Don't limit yourself to doing what you think you're "supposed" to be doing. The friends and relatives who want to go to the most prestigious, expensive college you can get into do care about you, but you get to decide for yourself. You already know there are more important things than prestige and competition; you just have to follow your gut feeling and put your principles into practice. Get out there and do what you want to be doing, what you're passionate about doing, and the rest will follow. Challenge yourself to make commitments and to follow through with them. Go get that journalism internship you've always been talking about, and use it to learn about the issues in your community and in the South America you so love.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The food at the Greenery is terrible, and it is sometimes difficult to switch into a different program mid-year if you are not satisfied with the one you have been in.

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

A beautiful sprawling campus situated on 600 acres of evergreen temperate rainforest, the evergreen state college is home to ...

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

A beautiful sprawling campus situated on 600 acres of evergreen temperate rainforest, the evergreen state college is home to students who come here to learn in ways not normally used or encouraged at other institutions.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is best known for its progressive and socially liberal student body that is heavily passionate about local, national, and world issues. additionally, the students at evergreen care deeply about the environment and human rights issues.

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

I would tell myself that it's important to remember that it doesn't matter if you don't know what you want to do with your life yet, many people don't, and that's part of what college is all about -to learn about yourself and see what you really want in life. Once you do figure it out, it's ok if it takes you longer than other people to complete all your studies, or if you don't succeed in the first place, that it's not uncommon to have to repeat classes. You'll stumble and fall many times over the course of you college career, both academically and socially. you'll learn to pick yourself up, see why what happened happened the way it did, and choose an alternate path that will lead in the same direction -or a completely new one. You'll learn from your successes and mistakes, making you a better person and molding you into the person you truely are.

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

An innovative school struggling under the pressure of conformity to mass societal values.

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

An innovative school struggling under the pressure of conformity to mass societal values.

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

Gird thy loins and steel thy will, for the world wants to eat you.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about the school is the latitude to pursue any educational goal without restriction.

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

A magical land of three story houses, dedicated professors, rain, hippy sun dances, friendly people and warm anti-clique soci...

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

A magical land of three story houses, dedicated professors, rain, hippy sun dances, friendly people and warm anti-clique social atmosphere -- go to Evergreen!

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

The first few months of college life can be exceptionally difficult, know that everyone is going through the same confusion, mental anguish, homesickness, and stress that you are -- even if they don't show it. It is easy during these first few months, often known as "the Red Zone" to be despearte for social connections and thus make poor decisions that you generally would not (with drugs, sex, relationships, etc..), keep that in mind. Work hard, professors see it and appreciate it, and they will consequently open doors for you that you would not see otherwise. Get on you're financial aid early -- even if you don't think you need it, never hurts. Life only gets better after High School, be excited. Stay in shape during the rough transition periods, running and eating well are the best counter to depression. Study abroad is the best thing you can do for yourself, travel, travel, and travel. Joing sports teams or clubs of any sort, its a good way to build substantial relationships that aren't centered around smoking weed or drinking (not just at Evergreen, anywhere). Keep an open mind.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are not willing to commit to a high level of reading and written work in lieu of tests should attend a more traditional exam based University. Additionally, those who want a highly specialized or targeted degree would be out of place at Evergreen. To be comfortable at Evergreen Socially you should be able accepting of those with alternative lifestyles and ideologies -- including environmentalism that sometimes borders of militance. Finally, be aware that there is a strong emphasis on seminar (book discussions) and presentations, so you must learn to be comfortable speaking.

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  • Tuition & Fees
  • $7,398
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  • 97%

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