For 2013, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has designated 41 institutions – 20 public and 21 private – as Best Buys. The Evergreen State College is one of two colleges in the Pacific Northwest  chosen for this accolade. 

In selecting Best Buy schools, the Fiske Guide reviewed  more than 300 colleges (of more than 2,200 four year colleges in the United States.)

All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and the designation is a recognition of value, quality of life and academics at the college. 

The Fiske Guide does not just look at cost, but also academic quality, social life and overall quality of life in determining whether to include schools in its guide or in its Best Buy lists.

Oregon State University is the other best buy school in the Pacific Northwest.