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2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW Olympia, WA 98505
2700 Evergreen Parkway NorthwestUSWashingtonOlympia98505
(360) 867-6000evergreen.edu
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Evergreen is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
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"Definitely a contender for a college I would like to chill at bruh."
"Overall, my undergraduate experience was extremely positive."
"The lack of prerequisites and required classes is both a blessing and a curse."
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Andrea Winters
3 weeks 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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Troy M
a month 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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Curran Jett-Moore
4 months ago
beast college. Definitely a contender for a college I would like to chill at bruh. "The beat is fye" -@illinoice on twitter. Go geo-ducks for the win boys. I is Macklemore... I is da Simpsons... I is gooey.
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April Mackay
a year ago
Evergreen is an amazing school. The open and rich academic possibilities of The Evergreen State College allowed me to explore subjects that I liked and had interest in. I found my voice as a writer, my passion for the visual arts, and was also able to deepen my understanding of contemporary social injustices so as to better direct my life's work in aiding the community at large. To top it off the athletics program allowed me to return to the turf, make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime, while also keeping in shape. I could go on and on, but I wont. I loved my experience at Evergreen and I do recommend this school to everyone who is looking for direction but is burnt out on traditional schooling.
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Amory Ballantine
a month 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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Leasa Fortune
3 months ago
I graduated from Evergreen State College and landed a job at the Smithsonian Institution for ten years. It was an incredible experience, which resulted in two trips to Africa. As an adult learner, I knew what I wanted from the experience and got much, much more than I expected. The difference between my experience and that of those who have written negative reviews here? I attended the Tacoma Campus where Drs Maxine Mimms and W. Joye Hardiman stressed living and learning through your passions and then create the life and profession you desire. Works for me! I will be forever grateful to these two women and my Evergreen State College experience.
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Nick McCord
a year ago
I graduated from Evergreen, I'm an average guy who returned to school to learn how to be a more thoughtful, skillful, and intelligent individual and find meaningful work after. Suffice to say, I've found all of these things. Evergreen is a place where students legitimately own their educations- they design their degree paths themselves.Our alums have gone on to run non-profits, found humanitarian organizations, work as surgeons, statesmen and Oscar-winning filmmakers. My personal opinion is that if you can't cobble together something for yourself at Evergreen- if you can't do the work at an institution designed to humanize education, then there may be little hope until you reassess your priorities.
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Loren Switzer
a year ago
I love my school. Great education, and extremely friendly environment. Generally, if you are a negative person, you won't like any school. If you have an open mind and a good attitude, you will have the best four years of your life here.

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