The Evergreen State College Reviews

  • 15 Reviews
  • Olympia (WA)
  • Annual Tuition: $30,059
78% of 15 students said this degree improved their career prospects
80% of 15 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 4/14/2023
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"I was enrolled for one quarter in the visual arts department and my professor missed the majority of classes. The Dean attempted to ameliorate the situation, but the lack of communication from the professor was astounding and was known throughout the students in department. Evergreen seems to not be consistent in academics, I am sure there are professors who do show up to class, but I had a very negative experience."
S. Evans
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2019
  • Degree: International Business
"Evergreen has great financial aid opportunities for undergraduate students. I would encourage anyone who does attend here to apply for scholarships, especially if you are a minority studying computer science. If you are a first-year student, look into the TRiO program to see if you qualify for their program, here you will find additional classes pertaining to life as well as further scholarship opportunities. Do your research before you go. Visit the surrounding town for a few days to get a real feel for the area and to determine if Evergreen is where you truly want to be. This an interdisciplinary institution for which most of the classes seem redundant. Frequent comments will be, "it is what you make it," That being said, take as many opportunities as you can to do independent studies or travel abroad."
Science lover
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2018
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"Military veteran recent UW graduate. This school is definitely not for a person like me I honestly think that science degrees from universities other than Evergreen are frowned up on. It took all I had to finish the quarter as well as to give them the benefit of doubt. I immediately dropped out of the program after the first quarter. I was receiving Voc rehab benefits which meant that all classes where paid for and I was receiving BAH even with all that I feel that it truly was not worth it."
Heather Hoyle
  • Reviewed: 8/24/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
"The Evergreen State College is a great college for outside thinkers. I can relate to the material and readings presented in the Masters of Public Administration with the emphasis of Tribal Governance as a Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis located in Washington State."
Sarah Wald
  • Reviewed: 12/26/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"During my undergrad the education was fantastic. However, they did not prepare me for after graduation. During my time at Evergreen the career coaches were not informed. And after graduation I did not get any support from the school or faculty. I sought outside help by hiring a career coach. I found out that to complete my credentialing to have the career I want I must complete a masters degree."
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2016
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"Evergreen gives you the flexibility to design your own course of study. It's great if you are highly self-motivated, know exactly what you want to study, and/or want to have a laid back college career. Downside: sometimes it felt too small with not enough options."
Amy Bustamante
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Evergreen State College. The classes were well structured and challenging. The professors were hands on and they were always available to discuss career goals or topics of interest. I highly recommend this school to students interested in being challenged in both work load and ideals."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Biology
"Excellent for the self guided individual. Provides opportunities that would not be found elsewhere for undergraduates. However you get out only as much as you put in, this is not a school for someone who needs close monitoring or hand holding in education."
Mara Machulsky
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2015
  • Degree: Public Administration
"It is the only grad program of its kind in the country, and it is still being developed. The pros are being able to study with a cohort that is largely at work in our field, and learn from their hands on experiences. The cons are that we have some new faculty, and often the program structure is changing. I have only completed my first quarter so my ratings might change when I am through."
Kyli Rhoads
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2014
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"Evergreen gave me the opportunity to explore many new areas that I'd never been exposed to. It allowed me to identify what setting and technique helped me best to learn and expand my knowledge in several areas. The staff and faculty were amazing at encouraging us to grow and learn while also supporting our own personalities and learning styles. I appreciated their open and alternative method to teaching and educating students!"
Becaley Elsie
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2014
  • Degree: Film Production
"The Evergreen State College introduced me to the life I have held close and secret for as long as I can remember. I appeased myself with one day, then as the years kept piling up they turned into someday. As I fought to finally earn my A.A. degree in Film at 38, I’d been whipped and slammed into believing someday, one day would never come. Everything grows at The Evergreen State College, it is green and that there is proof of a beginning… teachers gave me permission to wonder, to explore, and to question a path that healed the original me. The Evergreen State College supported my natural born talents, so that I could feed myself everyday and finally fill empty pages and stages with today."
R. Ganuelas
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I enjoyed having the option of building my own degree and curriculum, I think it's important to have that experience. Luckily, TESC was very flexible and my professors were excellent."
Chelsea Waddell
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2014
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"This is an interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program. It has a great deal of structure, and it is typically considered a terminal Masters Degree. This program is not built on a normal grading system. Each student evaluates and is evaluated based on their own academic achievements. This is based on more realistic parameters for work place enhancement, as you are evaluated not graded in the workplace for your performance. This is a fantastic program and certainly is rigorous."
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2013
  • Degree: Psychology
"My college experience was great. I learned to write and think critically. My school learning ratio was 1 professor per 25 students and I liked all of my instructors. They actually cared that you learn to write and make sound arguments and decisions. I didn't have to take a whole lot of tests and I didn't have grades. My growth in 4 years was incredible. After Evergreen I could write very well. I think learning writing and comprehension are far more important than remembering facts and dates and taking tests. I love my current job and I'm so fortunate to be here. I think I would have done something in STEM. (Science, technology, engineering and math)That's where the money and the cool jobs are at. The people I know with STEM degrees make more money, have cooler jobs, and get promoted quickly and are very satisfied with their lives. If you're thinking about doctor or lawyer, don't do it. Do science and technology. The industry is blowing up in our lifetime and I'm watching it happen before my eyes and I'm watching my generation struggle to get jobs because they aren't qualified. Do the hard work and get a degree in STEM. Do it for 4 years and just completely dig into it. You can still party and have fun but resign yourself to your schoolwork and do the best you possibly can. It goes by incredibly fast and if you have a STEM degree, you will have a job out of college, I promise you that."
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2013
  • Degree: Education
"Evergreen is amazing if you navigate it correctly. They do not make you take any class you do not want to take. However, if you plan on going to graduate school, you really have to think about how you will be getting your necessary credits. You can make your own class through a contract if none of the classes give you the credits that you desire. At Evergreen, you get out what you put in. If you work hard, you will get an amazing education. Yes. I have always wanted to be a teacher. Currently I am in their masters program, and it is challenging, but it is teaching me how to become a strong teacher. It is hard to find the path you want. Once you find what you want to do, work hard at achieving your goal. It will pay off in the end."