Washington Monthly Names The Evergreen State College Among Top 10 Master’s Institutions and Best Bang for the Buck

Other Washington Colleges and Universities Earn High Rankings As Well

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Washington Monthly magazine released its annual College Guide today, ranking the nation's colleges and universities based on three criteria: improving social mobility, producing research and promoting public service.

The Evergreen State College in Olympia ranked number 8 in the nation among 634 master’s universities.

Other Washington institutions in the top 50 National Universities – Master’s included Western Washington University (10), Pacific Lutheran University (15), Gonzaga University (17), and University of Washington – Tacoma (41). 

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 50 Best Bang for the Buck institutions in the West (out of 198 listed) include University of Washington – Tacoma (4), The Evergreen State College (17), University of Washington – Bothell (22), Washington State University (28), University of Washington – Seattle (36), Central Washington University (40), St. Martin’s University (42), and Western Washington University (44).

The complete college rankings are available.

“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.”

The Evergreen State College in Olympia 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.

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