| Sort By:
| Honestly I am completely surprised by how few of these reviews mention the drug scene at Evergreen. I have never in my life been to a place where drugs were so easy to find. Anything you want, almost whenever you want it, is available. 90% of the student body smokes weed, and most of them smoke it every day.|
Overall this was not my problem with Evergreen. I met some truly amazing people there who taught me more about myself and the world than I thought I would ever learn at 18 years of age. People are friendly and accepting but EXTREMELY liberal; if you do not approve of left wing politics taken to the extreme, I would recommend looking elsewhere. I went to a very good private high school and found the work at Evergreen to be less challenging than I had hoped.
However, please note that if you are not highly self motivated you will probably not succeed there. Absolutely nobody is going to hold your hand. Evergreen has a huge commuter population as well as a large adult population. Many of the professors have become accustomed to older students who are truly excited to learn. If you want a typical college experience, looking at other schools is probably a better choice.
Also, out-of-state tuition is ridiculously expensive. With the economy the way it is jobs in Olympia are extremely hard to find. To get residency in Washington you must live and work in the state (while only taking a certain number of school credits) for at least one year. Then your tuition would be about $5,000 a year, but without Washington residency it is closer to $30,000.
The biggest issue I had with Evergreen is that you take programs and not classes. After six hours of lectures and seminars revolving around the same subject I was ready to leave after the first quarter. I stuck it out for a year, getting very sick in the process (this is common in Olympia as well as there is black mold absolutely everywhere, especially in the residence buildings.) The kitchens in the soup suck (the apartments on campus), and the food is terrible.However, I know a lot of people who love Evergreen and never want to leave. The social scene is a little fucked up due to all the extensive drug use but overall comfortable and supportive. I would recommend sitting in on a class at least once before you make the commitment.
|Oct 10 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| Evergreen taught me how to analyze and communicate. I learned an amazing amount while there, and found wonderful opportunities through the school. Given the choice, I'd do it all again. If you are allergic to arguing, or expect your education to be spoon-fed to you, don't go. It's not for you. |
| Starting Job: Web Designer/Writer, Preparedness: B+, Reputation: B |
|Aug 09 2010|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| I focused in Environmental Studies. Some of the teachers are really amazing and helpful. But there are definatly a handful that can be self centered and only focus on there way up the ladder. The students can sometimes be a little extreme and close minded (on the extreme liberal side), but if you are a extreme liberal like me then it works cause you can focus on the actual sciences and not the politics (AKA everyone here doesn't deny global climate change, so you argue the science not the idea). If your from somewhere like Manhattan or Seattle and are into the high fashion world you might not like Olympia. But surprisingly many people from all walks of life from all over the world love Olympia, there is a good sense of community pride. Downtown is cool but its not Seattle and has its own culture which is cool for such a small city. Cost of living is not bad. Campus is sometimes gone through waves of hard drugs (this year on campus there have been a number of incidents 2009-2010 school year) and has happened before so if your in AA or NA you dont want to live on campus. Many people smoke pot or at least are okay with it, so if your a pothead its a great place to learn while not being prosecuted for it. The Beach and Environmental Reserve are AMAZING!!!! The reserve only has trails on about 1/4 of it so if you want to get off the trails there are hidden gems but the trails are nice to. Organic Farm is small and many people dont ever use it for anything but some people do and for those who do they seem to like it the way it is even if it could use an expansion. |
|May 22 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2010 |