Washington Monthly Names The Evergreen State College Among Best Master’s Institutions

Washington Monthly Names The Evergreen State College Among Best Master’s Institutions and Best Bang for the Buck – Other Washington Colleges and Universities Earn High Rankings As Well

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 24, 2015

Washington Monthly magazine today released its 2015 College Guide, ranking the nation's colleges and universities based on three criteria: social mobility, research and civic engagement.

The Evergreen State College ranked number 31 in the nation among 673 master’s universities. Other Washington institutions in the top 100 master’s universities included Whitworth University (12), Pacific Lutheran University (25), Seattle University (26), Western Washington University (27), and Gonzaga University (30).

Washington Monthly also rates colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. The Evergreen State College is among these “Best Bang for the Buck” institutions as well.

The top 100 Best Bang for the Buck institutions in the West (out of 233 listed) include University of Washington (Seattle – 1, Bothell – 13, Tacoma – 22), The Evergreen State College (29), Western Washington University (30), Eastern Washington University (37), Central Washington University (44), Trinity Lutheran College (47), Whitworth University (52), Seattle Pacific University (53), Washington State University (68), Gonzaga University (76), Seattle University (79), and University of Puget Sound (81). The complete college rankings are available at http://bit.ly/collegeguide2015.

“While no single ranking provides a complete picture of a college or university,” explained Evergreen spokesman Todd Sprague, “the Washington Monthly approach emphasizes some important considerations, including affordability, value, access and civic engagement. Those align well with Evergreen’s mission as a public institution.” Founded in 1969, Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering politics, government, culture and the media.

The Evergreen State College is a public four-year college nationally recognized for its distinctive interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts, strong academics and focus on undergraduate teaching. The college also has an upper division bachelor’s degree program in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. In addition to undergraduate education, Evergreen offers three graduate degrees: Master in Teaching, Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Public Administration, including a distinctive tribal governance concentration.