Academic Statement | The Evergreen State College

Academic Statement

You choose your programs and design your education. Your Academic Statement is your map, being built along the way.

What Did I Learn in College? The Academic Statement and Mapping Your Education

Member of the faculty Nancy Koppelman describes how the Academic Statement is an opportunity for students to pause and think about—and write about—what they’re doing.

This document does more than simply record your achievements. It also helps focus your aspirations as you plot your path to a degree.

The short essays you’ll write each year will help you in critical ways during your time here:

  • Review, reflect upon, and connect common themes in your education each year
  • Clarify your academic goals so that you can get targeted support from faculty and academic advisors
  • Plan your pathway and uncover the kinds of programs that meet your goals
  • Summarize what you have learned and done in your education in your own voice
An illustration showing the iterative, yearly nature of your Academic Statement. It goes into your transcript when you graduate.

You revise your Annual Statement each year. Your Final Statement goes into your transcript as a permanent document.

How It Works

Each year you’ll write an Annual Statement that talks about where you’ve been and where you’re going with your education. You have full control over what you write and how you write it. You can use this as a starting point for conversations with your faculty and advisors.

When you’re ready to graduate, you’ll submit a Final Statement that acts as a synopsis for the coursework you've done and the evaluations in your transcript. It’s the perfect place to talk about how far you’ve come in your own words and connect common themes between the courses you’ve taken. It summarizes your educational experience for an outside audience, such as grad schools or future employers.

Whereas your Orientation Essay looks back at your experience leading up to Evergreen, and your self-evaluations look back at courses or programs you have taken, your Academic Statement looks back on your entire time at Evergreen, and helps clarify your goals for upcoming years here, too.

A student writes his academic statement

Writing and Getting Help

Writing an academic statement may seem daunting, but we’re here to help when you need it.

Learn more about what to write about and ways to get help with your Academic Statements.

Turning It In

Turn in your Academic Statement through

Make sure you’ve followed the requirements. We recommend turning it in early. If you turn it in late, you’ll find a hold on your registration and you won’t be able to register for classes for the following school year—or even graduate!

Learn more about requirements and deadlines.

“As I dug deeper for answers to my own questions regarding my education, I gained a significant amount of clarity about where I have been and where I am going. It was a very fruitful process, and I'm glad I tackled it!”