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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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Sean Layne
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Overall my experience with Evergreen was not "okay". There were awesome elements and there were very very bad elements, and unfortunately I cannot recommend this school based on those elements. One, there are some decent professors at this school, specifically with the creative writing and science departments. There are also some bad ones. One of them specifically, who operates in Anatomy and Physiology is particularly bad, and requires compliment bribes in order to award upper division credit in his program. I won't name his name specifically, but he's a Doctor of Veteranary Medicine who believes it's okay to track manure into the micro lab while sensitive protein assays are being performed. You can figure it out from here. The facilities are brand new. The labs are state of the art and Lab Stores keeps ample stocks of reagents necessary for labwork on hand pretty much 24/7. The lab aides are really cool hardworking people as well. The school allows a lot of inroads for conducting your own research as long as you can find a faculty sponsor. It even offers grant writing seminars for those who are really interested in getting themselves published before graduation. The major and I mean major achilles heel of this school is the Admissions, Registration and Records, and the food services provided on campus. It's run by Aramark, which is on a contract that pretty much says...you can't sell any food on campus to raise money for a school project ever. The food itself is food poisoning on a plate, and are provided by the most arrogant, lazy 'Just here to serve you slop' food service "professionals" I have ever encountered. This includes my years of interactions with Sodexho in the military. Admissions is terrible. If you joined on a conditional admit agreement, and forget to get a letter or something to Admissions four years down the road, they will disenroll you from your courses, with no explanation as to why. The one power tripper in Admissions is quite renowned for ruining student's dreams of success by doing this for literally no reason. He almost did it to me, but I appealed and won. Just pointless. Registration and Records can not do anything, not even send you an email with your evaluations as an attachment unless you wait 5 days. Have a deadline? 5 days. Have an important interview to prep for? 5 days. It's an electronic copy, but that doesn't matter. I could have it done in 15 minutes if I played Candy Crush for 12 of them. They take 120 hours and charge you 15 bucks for the honor of waiting. After 4 years I have a degree, but only by the constant pushing against systemic problems I should not have to push against. Professors who needed their egos stroked, Registration policies that make no sense in 2015, Admissions guys with a chip on their shoulder, foodservice professionals that don't change gloves after scratching their bodies. So I don't recommend this school to anybody. Try Western Washington U or WASU. Good luck.
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April Mackay
2 months 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
3 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
6 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.
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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
2 months 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
5 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
9 months ago
Excellent opportunities for studying field ecology, top notch sciences, relaxed, non-oppressive atmosphere.

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