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The University of Puget Sound is "the ideal learning environment with plenty of opportunity for both academic and personal growth." Students are encouraged to "branch out and go beyond their comfort zone in class and outside of class," and the school is "all about having involving intellectual exchanges of ideas…in the relaxed but conscientious cultural setting of the Pacific Northwest." "The academic culture requires a lot of hard work without being competitive," and the "laid-back culture" belies an "excellent and engaging science program," "nationally acclaimed" orientation program, good financial aid, and small, discussion-based classes. "Come as you are, work hard, do what you love, and expect the support of the entire student body and staff," says a student. The professors at PUget Sound are "fantastic, "passionate, engaging, and completely devoted to helping students learn, improve, and achieve." Most of the professors "are very focused on ensuring that the students are not only able to understand the topics discussed in class, but can also apply them practically in broader and interdisciplinary discussions." "Going to a small school means that you can learn things about professors from other students ahead of time," says a student of avoiding the few bad apple teachers. There is "a wide variety of classes" available in a large amount of subject areas, though the smaller ones tend to fill up quickly and it can be a struggle to get into some classes. In this "open, intellectually critical, and socially engaging environment," academics come first and "it really shows." "The University of Puget Sound is a place to work hard without being miserable," says a biochemistry major. "It is almost impossible to lose interest when every professor brings their own area of expertise into the classroom and endorses an understanding of real world application," says another student.

Student Body

Puget Sound is "a place of fantastic tolerance" where students "accept, embrace, and applaud each other 's differences." However, students admit that since many students are "middle-class white kids from semi-privileged to privileged backgrounds," a bit more diversity is needed. The "liberal student body" is "friendly and socially-minded" and made up of "talented people who are trying to change the world" (and "there are a lot of hipsters, as well"). Studies are a priority, but everyone at Puget Sound "knows how to balance work, study, and relaxation very well." The "Pacific Northwest Lifestyle" is prevalent, meaning the typical student is "into the outdoors, wears very casual clothing, [and] has a relaxed demeanor."

Campus Life

The "stunning" campus is located "in a unique part of the country" and is in a "nice neighborhood" that is both close to the waterfront and major metropolitan areas. "Classes take up a lot of time" but students make time for pleasure on the weekends, and like "to hang out at The Cellar, the student-run pizza restaurant" or tale frequent backpacking and hiking trips ("Puget Sound Outdoors, a student-run organization, organizes trips every weekend"). A lot of people tend to relax with friends at off-campus houses, and "most parties are house parties, or the occasional frat party/Greek function." Most of the students are "in some way involved with a sports team, either varsity rec or intramural," and "there are always a lot of things going on on campus, like concerts or lectures or student-run events like a market." People here "ponder life and things they are passionate" about quite often, and "everyone is very socially/politically active and active in different clubs on campus that promote community service." "Students here hold deep conversations and climb mountains daily (both figuratively and literally)," sums up one witty student. Many also find their way to downtown Tacoma with a group of friends and eat at some of the great restaurants, go to the art museums, or "go swing dancing."


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 660

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 690

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 1

Early Action — December 1

Regular — January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

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Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Natural Sciences
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Deanna Oppenheimer '80
Director, Tesco PLC; former CEO, UK Retail Banking, Barclays

Carla Cooper '72
President/CEO, Daymon Worldwide

Richard M. Brooks '82
Pres./CEO Zumiez (skateboard and clothing store)

J. Mariner Kemper '95
Chair/CEO, UMB Financial Corp. (banking)

Bill Canfield '76
Co-chair, Cytovance Bioligics; forefront of Pompe disease research

Rachel E. Martin '96
Host, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio

Darby Stanchfield '93
Actress, Madmen, Scandal, etc.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
80% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

29% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Loggers)
12 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Loggers)
13 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: BGLAD, the campus gay-straight alliance, is one of the most active groups on campus, and the As Is support group, co-facilitated by counseling and student development staff, provides a confidential space to queer and questioning students. Students in BGLAD annually sponsor the observance of Queer History Month on campus, bringing together an impressive series of programs for the community. Alumni participating in the first LGBT reunion recently endowed an LGBT Leadership Scholarship, which funds awards of $3,000 each year to student leaders involved in the campus LGBT community. The Safe Zone Project involves public display of stickers designating LGBT-friendly spaces and workshops addressing heterosexism and resources to support LGBT students, faculty, and staff; and the Lavender Graduates Celebration during Commencement Weekend celebrates LGBT and ally students. Out and ally faculty and staff are very involved in these programs; a faculty member in the English Department teaches Studies in Lesbian and Gay Literature regularly.

Minority Support Groups: The Student Diversity Center, established in 1997, is a gathering place for several multicultural organizations. The Multicultural Student Services Office is another place to find resources. MCSS coordinates the Students of Color Leadership Institute (SOCLI), which gathers first- and second-year students for seminars exploring identity development and leadership skills; Diversity Theme Year programming; and a Graduates of Color Celebration during Commencement Weekend. Several organizations exist to serve students of color and educate the campus about various cultures, including Asian Pacific American Student Union (APASU); the Black Student Union (BSU); the Community for Hispanic Awareness (CHispA); Hui-O-Hawai'i; Mixed Race Generation (MIRAGE); and Empowering People of Color (EPOC). Other Student Diversity Center groups that address diversity include: Understanding Sexuality (US); Jewish Students Organization (JSO); Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Exploration (SIRGE); Vagina Anti-Violence Alliance (VAVA); and Women's Voices, a discussion group for women. The Diversity Theme Year, an annual exploration around a particular issue of cultural awareness and identity, is a major campus programming effort. The Student Diversity Center coordinates monthly book discussions centering on some aspect of diversity. Student leader training coordinated for various groups by the Division of Student Affairs includes examinations of culture and privilege. Multicultural Student Services collaborates with the Office of Admission to examine recruiting strategies, and the President's Retention Committee has recommended strategies to ensure that students of color are successful. Two committees, the Faculty Diversity Committee and the ASUPS Diversity Committee, examine and take action on a range of important issues.

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At the University of Puget Sound, green isn’t just a color but a way of life. To ensure environmental action is taken, the university formed a Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) comprised of students, faculty and staff. The SAC’s mission is to both increase sustainable behavior on campus and foster a sense of individual responsibility. Divided into several sub-categories, the SAC focuses on consumption, curriculum, climate and outreach. More specifically, the SAC works to reduce waste on campus by coordinating recycling and composting initiatives. They also sponsor zero-waste events such as LogJam, Lu’au and Garbology—wherein students sort through trash and determine what could have and should have been recycled. Further, the SAC is sponsoring a new program titled Green Advocates. Geared towards residential living, Green Advocates are appointed in every dorm to facilitate peer-to-peer education about sustainable living. Additional initiatives include Fair Trade Month along with a monthly environmental film series. Puget Sound is also eager to bring the green conversation into the classroom. A comprehensive course survey highlighted ninety-eight courses with a sustainability focus and an additional 307 that are sustainability related. And overall, out of thirty-four academic departments, an impressive thirty-two offer at least one class with a connection to sustainability. This green-heavy curriculum has led to students conducting waste audits and the launch of the Tacoma Open Spaces web site. This site connects the independent groups supporting green spaces throughout the Tacoma area and allows them to combine forces and resources, thus leading to a more efficient work flow.


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell; Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Stephanie Knottingham
Campus Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
1500 North Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416-1062



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Diversions Café
Glass gazebo Oppenheimer Café
Collins Memorial Library rocking chairs
Science Center atrium
Theme House Row
Other highlights include 97-acre Tudor Gothic campus with views of Mt. Rainier, Commencement Walk, athletic facilities, student center, arboretum, and observatory.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Sixth Avenue music, bars, shops, restaurants
Pt. Defiance Park with zoo and aquarium
National parks (Olympic and Mt. Rainier)
Seattle and the Pacific Northwest
Ruston Way (waterfront, bike path)
The creative urban city of Tacoma is nestled between two mountain ranges and the shore of Puget Sound, close to SeaTac airport, and the cultural and entrepreneurial offerings of Seattle.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F all yr;Sat mornings Sept-May by appt
9am - 4pm/9am - 12pm Saturdays by appointment

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

On Saturdays during October and November

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1-night stay Sun-Thurs night only; bring a sleeping bag, towel, and pillow


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 24 miles from campus. Capital Aeroporter provides hourly transportation from the airport to the downtown Tacoma Sheraton and, if possible, to campus. Call 800-962-3579 or 253-927-6179 (in Tacoma) or 206-838-7431 (at the airport) to arrange for this service. If the Aeroporter cannot take you to campus directly, you can take a taxi from the Sheraton. Amtrak train service is available to the station in Tacoma. From there, take a taxi or one of these public buses: #41, #400, or #500; request a transfer ticket and leave the bus at 10th and Commerce Streets. Wait there for the UPS Bus (#16A or #16B) and take it to N. 15th and Alder Sts., which is 1 block west of Wheelock Student Center. Greyhound Bus Lines also serve Tacoma. From the bus station, take the UPS Bus (#16A or #16B) at 10th and Commerce Sts. (1 block west of Pacific Ave. from the station) and follow preceding directions from there to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North: from I-5, take exit 133 Interstate 705 north, City Center exit. Exit at Schuster Parkway. Continue for approximately one mile; stay to the left. Exit to the left , Schuster Parkway, and follow down along the water. Stay to the right and proceed approximately 1.5 miles. Exit right onto North 30th. Continue through the traffic signal in Old Town and up the hill. At the top of the hill, turn left at North Alder. Continue approximately one mile to North 15th. Turn right and proceed into campus. From I-5 South, take Exit 132 for Gig Harbor/Bremerton Hwy. (Washington Rte. 16); then take the Union Ave. exit, make a right at the light, and travel north approximately 2 miles to the campus (on your right). Continue onto N. 18th St. and turn right. Turn right again on N. Lawrence St. (at the yield sign) and continue to the stop sign. Turn right into Jones Circle. Park in the parking circle in front of Jones Hall or in the lot just south of Wheelock Student Center.

Local Accommodations
The Silver Cloud Inn (Tacoma 2317 N. Ruston Way; 253-272-1300 or 866-820-8448) is located on the waterfront in Tacoma and is less than two miles from campus. Just 7 blocks from campus is Keenan House Bed and Breakfast (2610 N. Warner St.; 253-752-0702), which is a Victorian home that has been furnished with antiques and is your best bet for price and convenience. At the downtown Sheraton Tacoma Hotel (1320 Broadway Plaza; 253-572-3200 or 800-845-9466), you will find an upscale hotel with reasonable prices just 2.5 miles from campus. Brand new to downtown Tacoma is the Courtyard by Marriott (1515 Commerce St.; 253-591-9100 or 800-321-2211), also about 2.5 miles from campus. The La Quinta Inn (1425 E. 27th St.; 253-383-0146)is located approximately 4 miles from the university and is more modestly priced; request the special school rate.

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