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Evergreen State College

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkA- Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA- University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeB+
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsB-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Mar 12 2004
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Evergreen is unlike any accredited college in the US. Hampshire would possibly be the closest thing to Evergreen's, no grades (narrative evaluations), no required classes and lack of tradional majors. Yet, the defining feature of Evergreen is the program structure. 16 credit interdisciplinary programs which either work for you, or don't. If it does work however, it creates an unparalleled learning environment, leaving you with an amazingly cohesive understanding of your studies, and lasting human connections.

Evergreen has a lot of transfer students (myself included) who came for something more than the antiquated, rigid confines of traditional education they have endured for so long. For this reason, Evergreen freshman are either extremely mature and understand the totality of Evergreen's mission and purpose, or are totally lost and usually end up leaving or floating through.

Apart from the academic structure of the school, Evergreen differs greatly from the vast majority of liberal arts schools, in that it is a state school. With tuition being considerably cheaper than every other school of its kind, it broadens the diversity of the student population (non-traditional students, different socio-economic backgrounds, etc) and consequently makes for a less self-aware, pretentious attitude prevalent at many self-proclaimed leftist schools. Though, don't be fooled, with more recent exposure (hightimes, hipster handbook, US News, etc) and the draw to the vibrant independent music scene in Olympia, ostentatiousness exists in certain social pockets.

That said, Olympia has fostered an unequaled, progressive music scene (for its size) since the early 80s and shows no signs of letting up. Olympia offers a bit more than you would expect upon your first impression, but it takes a while to fully dig into it.

Basically, try and research Evergreen as much as possible before attending, because it truly is unique. But, know that you won't fully understand what it's all about until you choose to attend, and even then it might take a little while.

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