Our Learning Approach

Immerse yourself in our interdisciplinary education to earn an undergraduate degree that prepares you to flourish as an independent, innovative thinker.

Freedom to Explore Your Interests and Create Your Own Unique Education

Choose the subjects that are most compelling to you without being limited by traditional majors or minors. You can combine subjects from different disciplines to create a degree that is truly all your own.

Evergreen also provides structure and guidance to help you make the most of your time here. We can help you develop a Path, which is an intentional plan for your educational journey. Your Path will help you stay on track and taking the courses and programs that are just right for your interests.

Path to Your Degree

With this interdisciplinary approach, you'll build knowledge and skills that break through academic boundaries to achieve your future goals.


Discover new subjects, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge.


Refine your interests and try
intermediate or advanced work.

Dig Deep

Add depth with practical and field experience through
community-based learning or in-depth research.


Apply what you have learned with a capstone project or internship that will prepare you for work or graduate school.

Select a Pre-Built Path

Immerse yourself in a pre-built path and connect with a close-knit cohort that shares your specific interests.

Shape Your Own Path

Choose from programs and courses in different fields of study to customize a Path to your degree.

We’re constantly updating the Evergreen curriculum to create timely, topical pre-built Paths such as:

The Five Foci
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Our Shared Foundation

What unites the Evergreen experience? No matter what path you choose, every student approaches academics through what we call the Five Foci.

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Interdisciplinary Study

Blend your interests to create a customized degree. Weave together ideas and concepts from diverse subject areas as you prepare to tackle real-world issues in all their complexity.

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Collaborative Learning

Community instead of isolation. Shared success instead of competition. At Evergreen, you'll develop knowledge and skills through shared learning and mutual support.

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Learning Across Significant Differences

It's not enough to recognize diverse ways of being in the world. You'll actively cultivate respect for differences and learn how to bridge them—critical skills for a changing world.

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Personal Engagement

Grapple with new ideas and harness your passions as you develop the capacity to judge, speak, and act on the basis of your own reasoned beliefs.

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Linking Theory with Practical Applications

Learn outside the classroom. You'll get a firm grasp of abstract theories when you practice them in hands-on projects, activities and real-world situations.

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Immersive Learning in Programs

Evergreen students "live in the learning," as one alumni puts it. Everything you do is integrated with everything else. Your program is your creative, intellectual, and experiential home where you inquire, experiment, try hard, give and receive support, and most important s-t-r-e-t-c-h in new ways. 

Your fellow students and your faculty are your primary community: you'll get to know each other and rely on each other, building unique friendships grounded in common interests and commitments.

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Learn by Doing

Build community. Conduct original research. Dig in the dirt. Design and stage a performance. From cutting-edge labs to the Evergreen organic farm, you’ll dive into unique, hands-on opportunities to explore your passions.

Labs and Studios

From 3-D animation to wood carving, multimedia production to fiber weaving, we offer state-of-the-art laboratories and studios to support your inquiries outside of a traditional classroom.

Organic Farm

This five-acre living lab is home to vegetable gardens, beehives, fruit orchards, chickens—and passionate students researching agriculture, soil health, water conservation and organic farming techniques.

A Living Campus

In Olympia, explore a campus ecosystem that ranges from trails and forest to Puget Sound beachfront. Walk the woods and kayak the waters for a unique education that no classroom can contain.

Greener Terminology

At Evergreen, how we evaluate and document your academic journey is different from a traditional college. Instead of declaring a major or receiving letter grades, we have a more comprehensive process to capture both the breadth and depth of your experiences here. The following terms will become familiar to you as a student and are key to understanding the academic experience.

Field of Study

Academic topic or discipline

You can mix a variety of interests and, instead of declaring a major, develop your own area of emphasis in more than 40 Fields of Study based on your unique goals. 

A Field of Study is a focused area of study, such as a discipline or an interdisciplinary area. Fields of Study show you what you can study at Evergreen.

Explore Fields of Study


An academic plan

A Path is a set of programs and courses that provides a way to move from introductory to advanced undergraduate study in one or more related fields. You can identify with a Path developed by Evergreen or design your own Path to build an area of emphasis.

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A reflection of your progress, more representative of your work than a simple letter grade

Narrative evaluations express the thinking that went into your work, what you completed and the reactions of both you and your faculty members to your work. These detailed documents often provide specific examples of achievement or progress.

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Academic Statement

An essay summarizing what you have learned and achieved at Evergreen

Your academic statement will help you review, reflect upon, and connect common themes in your education each year. This process will help you in forging your path at Evergreen. Academic statements are submitted at the end of each year.

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What does it mean to succeed at Evergreen?
Learn about our Six Expectations

Students work closely with faculty to meet these expectations and build them into their academic plan as they pursue their educational journey at Evergreen.

Six Expectations of an Evergreen Graduate

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