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2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW Olympia, WA 98505
2700 Evergreen Parkway NorthwestUSWashingtonOlympia98505
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"Best place to feel free and human."
"This school hates trans people and people of color"
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Cory Campbell
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Would not recommend this school to fellow People of Color. I think aspects of this school are nice and progressive depending on what you're looking for out of a non-traditional education. But once I was physically attacked by another student on campus with a knife I decided this school was not safe for me and worked to graduate ASAP. POC seem to have trouble feeling comfortable at this school and in Olympia which seems to be a frequent problem. POC are often discriminated against and targeted in hate crimes in the area and at the school itself which goes unaddressed by the school. Another problem is this school has a major lack of diversity in it's peer and teacher population and its staff could use some updating. I worked hard here, but would not recommend this school to anyone frankly. Look for another school first and then decide if Evergreen is something would really like as a backup school. Some good aspects here some very negative aspects at the same time.
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Seth Frow
3 months ago
Well worth your while, as either an initial school or a transfer. The math and science classes are significantly harder than the liberal arts, and often involve tests, quizzes and labs, so if you're dead set on "no grades" this might not be the place for you - it is quite easy to lose credit. On the whole though it is a fantastic college and I would recommend it to those who cannot or do not want to see themeselves at a traditional four year college.
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Andrea Winters
6 months ago
Do not take the Cornerstone class at all, especially not as your first class at the school. The people in the class were so unhappy to be there, it was difficult to get a good feel for the new surroundings and methods. Truly, I've never been around such a grouchy, unpleasant group. My advisor and admissions person had the professionalism/confidence of teenagers. From the professor, there was a lot of feedback given about assignments in leiu of a grade, but none of the feedback was useful to me in my development as a stronger student. It's just a class to waste your time and money. Terrible.
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Madolyn Laurine
4 months ago
Wonderful community of motivated students - you have to be with no grad requirements!
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Spencer Jones
a month ago
Absolutely beautiful campus. A great change of pace compared to current scholastic standards. All are welcome here. Great for just walks, too!
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Phil Peterman
2 months ago
A school like no other. Great place to learn and grow.
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Troy M
7 months ago
I got an excellent education in the science department of TESC, but had negative experiences in one of my blended humanities-sciences classes. If you crave organization and prestige, this is not the school for you. But if you want the control to tailor your education to your specific major, you will benefit. The lack of prerequisites and required classes is both a blessing and a curse. One one hand, I was able to take only classes that would directly provide knowledge useful to my career plans, but on the other hand I feel that I missed some critical information by never taking a general humanities course. Luckily the training I received in how to be an independent learner will allow me remedy this on my own much better than if I had gone to a traditional school. Because I took multiple classes that were highly geared towards individual learning, I feel that I will have an easier time continuing my education on my own. When it comes to teachers, it really is a tossup. I had some absolutely amazing professors and some that I would not recommend to my enemies. Word of mouth and meeting professors at the academic air really are the only way to sort the good from the bad. Make sure to ask people with similar educational goals and habits to your own to get a better read on the situation - some people will trash a professor for being too hard and praise anyone who lets them do their final project on chakras, while others will adore the former for injecting academic rigor into their subject and find the latter to be wasting their time.'= Over all, this school is really what you make of it. There are tons of opportunities, and it would serve prospective students well to ask recent graduates and seniors what the best and worst parts of their time here were. Especially, ask them about their regrets, what they wish they had known coming in. For me, I wish I had known that I could take upper division classes as a sophomore because my grades were good. I also wish I had known earlier that sometimes bachelors students are allowed to fill empty spaces in graduate program classes with permission from the professor. I feel like that would have been fun.
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Amory Ballantine
6 months ago
I transferred to Evergreen as an undergrad and came back four years later as a grad student. As an undergrad, I took classes in sociology, community psychology, postcolonial theory, experimental literature, critical theory, political science, archaeology, statistics, and philosophy. I had one class which was underwhelming (for an upper-division course, it was not anywhere near as rigorous as I hoped), but the others were life-changingly excellent. The three which stand out as the strongest were a year-long program called "Decolonizing the Mind" with Zahid Shariff & Ulrike Krotscheck; a spring program called "Marx & Marxisms" with Kathleen Eamon; and another spring program called "Monstrous Possibility: Literary Arts & Theory" with Stephen Hendricks & David Wolach. I am the kind of student who thrives in creative and academically rigorous environments, so I really appreciated professors who held students to high standards of accountability and quality. I appreciated that Ulrike and Kathleen, especially, found ways to offer thorough and on-going feedback on the quality of my work, so that by the end of the quarter I had developed as a writer and peer reviewer, in addition to gaining exciting theoretical frameworks. Stephen Hendricks had a very hands-off attitude towards seminar, but exposed students to incredibly stimulating and exciting ways to think creatively about our writing. Zahid taught me the value of looking for what is useful in a text, rather than simply critiquing its failings, and demonstrated a lot of useful seminar facilitation tools-- which I bring to bear in environments far from Evergreen. The structure of the first program I participated in at Evergreen was a classic fall quarter theoretical grounding/ winter quarter internship/ spring quarter praxis or reflection model. It didn't work super well for me, because I was new to Evergreen's approach and overwhelmed by the lack of direction, support, and feedback. Once I learned to take ownership of my experience, it was transformative and excellent. I had an internship at a local non-profit which led to 6 years of work, with progressively increasing responsibility, in a field I was passionate about. It was pretty great to make that connection with community during my first year as a student, especially given the campus' seclusion. Overall, my undergraduate experience was extremely positive. I think this is partly due to the subjects I took (political science, critical theory, sociology, postcolonial studies, are all strengths at Evergreen because of the students drawn to take these courses). One thing I think potential students should be aware of is that your fellow students have a VERY big impact on the quality of your education. Personally, I would only take natural science, math, and social science courses because those are where students seeking rigor and creativity seem to be drawn. The friends I have who've taken art classes, for example, have been deeply underwhelmed by their quality. I'll also mention that the natural science & math classes I've taken and heard about seem more likely than others to include faculty who are more ignorant around issues of social justice. And so, you can experience some pretty alienating microaggressions if you are a marginalized person in these courses. And, on the other hand, the social science courses I've taken have included seminars where, without strong facilitation from professors, marginalized students have been alienated by the ignorance and domineering behavior of students from privileged groups. As a graduate student in environmental studies, I focused on political ecology and environmental history. I have done the majority of my work independently and worked with professors who were outside the core MES faculty. I love how supportive MES has been of self-directed work. It's richly rewarding if you know what you want to learn and are willing to work for it.
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