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Public and private colleges and universities in Washington are attracting lots of attention in national rankings and reviews.

The recognition is especially satisfying for quality schools that can get overlooked close to home. The University of Washington shines in a list from Washington Monthly magazine, based in Washington, D.C. UW turns up in the top 10 national universities at No. 8. Well done, congratulations.

No one can ever take such hard-earned kudos for granted. But they can cast a big shadow, and that makes the bright light shone on The Evergreen State College in Olympia all the more special.

The school is featured in the Princeton Review book, “The Best 377 Colleges” as among the best places for an undergraduate education.

Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher at The Princeton Review, and a lead author of the book, said the guide allows college-bound students to find a great campus fit academically, culturally and for financial aid.

Student reviews and related analysis power the book. Students explain what works for them. Evergreen’s reputation as a liberal campus community might inspire tree-hugging quips regionally, but the school attracts a first-rate student body that thrives. Outstanding academics impressed the authors.

As college costs climb, satisfied students and parents represent a powerful endorsement.