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Evergreen State College Admissions Essay Samples

There are two different kinds of Academic Statements you will write during your time here, Annual Statements and a Final Statement.

Annual Statement

Your Annual Statement helps you reflect on your learning and decide what you want to learn next. Through this process, you’ll better understand your education by connecting common themes that run throughout your studies. This provides insight for you as well the faculty and academic advisors who are helping you plan your time at Evergreen. These yearly essays will go into your academic record (where faculty and advisors can access them) but will not go into your transcript.

What you might write about

  • Use your Orientation Essay as a starting point (find yours at my.evergreen.edu, under “Academic Progress”)
  • Describe what you have learned and done so far at Evergreen. This can include programs, independent academic work, and involvement in student clubs and activities. Try reviewing your evaluations for reminders of your achievements.
  • Discuss your goals and how you will reach them—what you will do and what help you need from others

You can also use these level-specific questionnaires to help you gather ideas for your Annual Statement:

Additional writing approaches, help, and guidance for all statements are listed at the bottom of this page.

Final Statement for Graduating Seniors

Your Final Statement is a little different. As a graduating student, this essay clarifies your educational choices for an outside audience. It will feature prominently in your transcript. It introduces your narrative evaluations—the bulk of your transcript—and gives you a chance to explain your education as a whole.

You're not just writing your Final Statement for you, but for anyone who may read your transcript in the future. Make sure that it has a general purpose and audience in mind and is clear to someone who may not have an understanding of Evergreen's unique structure or its programs.

“This process squeezed the bulk of my education into a little bite-sized thumbnail perspective. It’s somewhat surreal (in a good way) to look back and see all of those accomplishments summarized in 750 words.”

Writing the Final Statement

Seniors can use this questionnaire to find overlapping ideas and a focus for their Final Statements.

Your Final Statement should:

  • Draw connections between the course work you have chosen
  • Summarize your educational choices
  • Highlight what you have learned
  • Be 750 words or less

Before submitting your Final Statement, you may want to review the Academic Statement Review Checklist to see what may be missing from your draft.

Remember, your final academic statement is a permanent part of your transcript. We highly recommend you only include information that you would want seen by outside audiences, such as graduate school admissions boards or future employers. Once you submit the final draft to your transcript, you cannot revise it anymore.

Other Writing Approaches, Help, and Guidance

How you write your Academic Statement is up to you, but sometimes it's hard to know where to start. Here are different strategies to approach your writing. You may find one or more of them useful.

Get personalized help

If you need personalized help or guidance, you can share your statement ideas and drafts online with mentors around campus:

  • For students enrolled in programs, your faculty will dedicate some time with your program during fall quarters to collaborate with you. Additionally, you can connect with faculty directly throughout the year to get one-on-one support and feedback.
  • Mentoring Days in winter and spring quarters offer forums designed to help students consider their academic pathways and think about how to write their Academic Statement.
  • The Writing Center is a great place on campus, with people who will help you strengthen any piece of writing, including your Academic Statements.
  • Academic advisors are also here to help you.

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

  1. Complete an application.Apply online.

  2. Request official transcripts. Evergreen accepts transcripts from other schools and colleges who are registered members with Docufide, National Student Clearinghouse, Naviance, Parchment, and Scrip-Safe International. Official transcripts can also be mailed in and must arrive in a sealed envelope from your school or college registrar.

  3. Send ACT or SAT scores (freshmen only). Evergreen’s ACT school code is 4457 and the SAT school code is 4292.

Next Steps

After you’ve completed your application, you should start preparing for the next steps on the road to becoming a Greener:

  • Apply for financial aid and scholarships. The FAFSA and the WASFA are available on October 1, and the FAFSA is due on February 1. The deadline for our scholarships is also February 1. Visit Financial Aid to learn more.
  • Apply for campus housing. The application is available for admitted students February 1. Visit Housing to learn more.

Other Applications

Priority Admission Application Dates

Starting QuarterApplications AcceptedPriority Date
Fall QuarterAugust 1February 1
Winter QuarterApril 1October 1
Spring QuarterJune 1December 1

When you submit your application for fall quarter by the priority date, you will receive the following benefits:

Admission Decision

Admission decision letters are sent up to two weeks after your application is complete and has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

No applicant is automatically denied admission to the college. This decision is taken very seriously. If you are denied admission, please call the Office of Admissions at (360) 867-6170 and ask to speak with a Counselor. Evergreen may not be able to offer admission to all qualified applicants if the number of applications exceeds the number of enrollment spaces available.

The college reserves the right to deny admission if enrollment could present a physical danger to the campus community.

Once the college notifies you of your eligibility, you will be asked to send a non-refundable advance tuition deposit of $50 to confirm your place at the college for the quarter of admission. This deposit is an admissions fee that will be credited toward tuition. Admission and deposit do not guarantee your enrollment in a particular program or course.

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