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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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"Good visual artists are also a dime a dozen."
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"I'm one of those life long internal learners."
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Nick McCord
a month 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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Kate Connell
a month ago
At Evergreen, you call professors by their first names, have the opportunity to work on independent learning contracts, and enjoy small class sizes that usually only exist at private schools. You really get to know your professors and classmates because of the intimate learning environment. I went to Evergreen after having attended traditional schools all my life because I wanted something different. I definitely got that! I learned so much during my time at Evergreen not only as a student, but as a person. Classes were engaging, inspiring, and hands-on. There are naysayers who trash talk Evergreen but most have never been there and are just perpetuating longstanding stereotypes of the school, which has been controversial from its inception. Evergreen is a great place to receive an education, but you have to be flexible and tolerant. You aren't taught what to think - you're taught how to think. It is definitely not for everyone, so do visit the campus first and talk to students to form your own opinion. Yes, some of the women have armpit hair and there are people who don't wear deodorant. You'll meet people similar to the ones parodied on Portlandia. Nevertheless, Evergreen offers a learning experience of immense lifetime value to students who don't need a lot of hand-holding and who aren't afraid of taking the road less traveled.
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Joomi Lee
4 months ago
This review reflects hindsight knowledge. That kind of vision is always 20/20 vision. I can't change the past so I can only make best use of what I know now. Hopefully, you'll benefit from my mistakes. I took a bunch of useless classes. The reason I say useless is because the important things I learned at this school I would have learned on my own if I had never gone to this school. My major was in Sociology. It is a fluff degree. It only looks good on a piece of paper. Sociology majors are a dime a dozen. Good visual artists are also a dime a dozen. I'm one of those life long internal learners. Checking out books from the local library is always free unless you are ordering an ILL. That just costs $3 at some libraries. At other libraries this service is provided for free. I made the mistake of taking some film credits. I can clearly remember three films that were not fit for a true Christian. I didn't have the assertiveness to excuse myself from those particular film classes at the time and offer the professor a suitable replacement project in exchange. After all, syllabi are not set in stone. They are not the Bible. I liked most of my college classmates but I don't keep in touch with any of them. I don't keep in touch with any of my high school classmates either. In fact, I didn't attend any of my high school reunions. Evergreen is the only college I applied to because the other traditional schools didn't appeal to me. I was happy to receive my acceptance letter. Since then I've visited my brother's school at Berkeley, the University of WA campus, Manhattanville College, Cal State of San Bernardino, and worked on campus at Tacoma Community College. I also visited the main library frequently at Pacific Lutheran University and had one informational interview at the University of Puget Sound so I have a somewhat basis for comparison. I wasn't impressed with the way Evergreen's classrooms were set up until I was able to compare them to my brother's cramped English classroom at Berkeley, an Ivy League school. I could barely breathe! I think my brother even said most of the classrooms at Berkeley were ergonomically unfriendly. Evergreen's library is very nice, comparable to PLU's library. I only joined two student groups here, the Asian American student group and the Christian group. I didn't feel at home with either group but I do remember that one fellow Christian woman and I made a connection, how homogenous the Greener community can be with their alternative, punk, granola vibe. Straight edge students are few and far between at this school. Even one of my professors openly admitted to smoking marijuana. One of my lesbian classmates said only 5% of the student community was Gay. Later on I understood her to mean Gay as in "out of the closet." I suspected another 25% were "in the closet." Unfortunately, year after year, some buffoon of a "Christian" would visit the main campus with a long horn, yelling and shouting a hateful, self-righteous, and so called "Christian" diatribe at the student community. Contrast this with a different Christian man who spoke calmly and mildly to the students at UW. The students here listened to him with interest and respect. The former man got booed and hissed at by most of the students. He gives the Christian community a bad name. They already have a bad enough reputation as it is. Super Saturday is always a fun, large, farmer's market of sorts. Overall I did like this school but I don't think it was worth my money and the high interest rate I'm still paying on my student loan. Thankfully in 12 more months I'll be done paying down my college debt. Back then I believed the lie that college loans are "good" debt. I play the "what if" game on random occasion, wishing I could live life over again and do things like: participate in my high school's "Head Start" program and get a free vocational or community college degree. My grades were good enough that I qualified for this program. I wonder what would have happened if I had taken that horticulture class way back then?
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H Burns
8 months ago
Excellent opportunities for studying field ecology, top notch sciences, relaxed, non-oppressive atmosphere.
April Mackay
a month 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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Mary Dismuke
2 months ago
Waste of money. Go to a better school if you are pulling student loans. This includes, people going for the undergraduate or grad degree. Don't even kid yourself and go to this school. Teachers don't have a clue and constantly changing the syllabus. Lose credits if you miss a class or assign last minute work. I am in a grad program and I seriously bored out of my mind and am getting nothing from it except a piece of paper. Constantly using papers from my undergrad and I am doing a great job!! Psh, please. Oh and I forget to mention that people have a seriously lack of hygiene!! Doesn't matter how much they soak in patchouli, they seriously reek. Some of the students run around without shoes. Some freaky, weird, and hippy, dippy people go to this school. Seriously a waste of your time and money. Don't listen to me, at least go spend the day there and see for yourself.
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Loren Switzer
5 months 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.
Zoe Bear
a year ago
I go to this school. I'm sitting in my dorm, right now. I'm telling you from personal experience that this is what I think about Evergreen, and it's my opinion that you may or may not agree with. Moving on. School wise, you get great resources, friendly staff, great classes, and a wide variety of options to choose from in terms of what you want to learn. I really enjoy studying here, and I think that if you live off campus and have your own agenda outside the school, it's remarkable. You'll be sure to find success and a path in education that you'll love and learn from. You won't be disappointed if you know where to look and what you want to do. HOWEVER, the populace of Evergreen is pretty... hippie. Not to say that's a bad thing, but if you're not into that lifestyle, you're not going make many friends. You're going find people who aren't, but it's hard. The weed and substance culture is absurd here as well. It's hard to avoid and most of the time you won't. It's not just some of the populace either. Either you're smoking, or you're drinking. That's pretty much how it goes. Also, if your views challenge the liberal agenda, good luck not getting pounced on by every student under the age of 21 in a 5 mile radius. Also, our mascot is a penis clam. Not even joking. The populace doesn't take itself very seriously either, so don't expect to find many students who live on campus to honestly take the school super seriously either. The running joke is that we're what happens with the movie Accepted comes to life. Also, the organization of the administration is a little questionable. In short, Evergreen is a great little school that treats each student as an individual and a success. You'll find great resources to latch onto and even better classes and professors to help you achieve your goal. Just be aware that this school is a breeding ground for hipsters. So if you're not as into that as I am, it might not be the fit for you.
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