University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

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Where will your journey take you? 

Where will your journey take you? 
With 2,400 students from all over the US and world majoring in more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary areas of study, University of Puget Sound graduates students who go on to work for companies like Apple, Amazon, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Google, and many others. Graduates also enjoy an over 80% acceptance rate to medical and law schools. Our international students dive into campus life when they get here, and many take advantage of international student services like our international student–mentoring program and internationally focused flats in Thomas Hall.

Located near the urban heart of Tacoma in the North End neighborhood, the Puget Sound campus is within walking distance to some of the best shops, eateries, and coffeehouses in the city. Tacoma is in one of the most diverse areas of the Pacific Northwest, and campus is a bus ride away from several live music venues, movie theaters, and museums, including the Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass. Add to that the magnetic pull of Mount Rainier, beaches found in nearby parks, and rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula, and it won’t take long to create a four-year agenda not just of outings but also of research experiences, studying anything from the geochemistry and origin of hot springs in the region to the industry of Tacoma.

Placed in the top 20 for “Most Accessible Professors” by The Princeton Review, Puget Sound kindles a passion for discovery through small class sizes, internships, scholarship, and research.An 11:1 student-faculty ratio means students receive lots of personal attention from the more than 200 faculty members who collectively teach 1,200 classes each year. Teaching is a priority for faculty members, who take a collaborative approach to learning and are generous with their time.

Beyond the classroom, learning continues at Puget Sound with programs in residence halls that create a 24/7 living-learning environment and extend to over 100 study abroad opportunities in more than 40 countries. Puget Sound was named one of America’s top 20 entrepreneurial colleges by Forbes magazine. Studentscan join our prestigious Business and Leadership Program and study everything from Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Environmental Policy to International Political Economy (a field that was started at Puget Sound), languages, and literature. Students can also study Engineering through Puget Sound’s 3-2 program, where students spend three years at Puget Sound and finish their degree at one of our three partner schools: Columbia University, University of Southern California, or Washington University in St. Louis. With a School of Business and Leadership and a selective, hands-on Business Leadership Program that accepts up to 25 first-year students each year; a School of Music; and graduate programs in Education, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, Puget Sound offers a liberal arts education that prepares students to make a difference in the world.

Ranked in the top 10% of colleges for students who earn doctorate degrees, Puget Sound has a commitment to lifelong learning. Students go onto graduate programs and careers in every known field of endeavor, including medicine, law, finance, media, education, the arts, and public service. They attend top graduate schools including Harvard, Oxford, the University of Chicago, and Stanford; they win competitive fellowships including Rhodes, Watson, Fulbright, and National Science Foundation awards; and they work for the Peace Corps and Teach For America. Closer to home, the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Symphony Tacoma all trace their origins to Puget Sound students and faculty members.

Helping students get here is a priority for Puget Sound—all international students who apply are automatically considered for academic merit scholarships ranging from $13,000–$25,000 a year, renewable for all four years. International students with top academic credentials are invited to apply for the prestigious Lillis Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship covering tuition, room, and board. Find out more about the Puget Sound experience, how to get here, and what it’s like to be on campus at


Our home is Tacoma, Washington, a midsize city just 56 kilometers from Seattle and a few hours from Vancouver, British Columbia. Tacoma has been named one of the country’s “Most Livable Cities” and “America’s #1 Wired City.” World-changing companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks, and Microsoft call our region of the country home. (Our graduates often work at these companies too!)


Type of School: National liberal arts college

Size of Campus:
97-acre (39-hectare) campus

Number of Students:

Number of Faculty:
200 faculty members; 90% of tenure-line faculty members holding a doctorate or equivalent

Colleges, programs, and degrees:

• African American Studies
• Anthropology
• Art and Art History
• Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese, East Asian Languages, Japanese)
• Asian Studies
• Biochemistry
• Bioethics
• Biology
• Business (Business Leadership, International Business)
• Chemistry
• Classics (Greek, Latin)
• Communication Studies
• Computer Science
• Economics
• Education Studies
• Engineering (dual degree)
• English
• Environmental Policy and Decision Making
• Exercise Science
• French Studies
• Gender and Queer Studies
• Geology
• German Studies
• Global Development Studies
• Health Professions (Pre-dental, Pre-med, Pre-veterinary)
• Hispanic Studies
• History
• Honors Program
• Humanities Program
• International Political Economy
• Latin American Studies
• Latina/o Studies
• Mathematics
• Molecular and Cellular Biology
• Music (Music Business, Music Education, Music Performance)
• Natural Science
• Neuroscience
• Occupational Therapy
• Philosophy
• Physical Therapy
• Physics
• Politics and Government
• Pre-law
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Science, Technology, and Society
• Sociology
• Special Interdisciplinary Major
• Study Abroad
• Theatre Arts

Geographic Diversity: Students from 43 states and 10 countries

International Student Services:
International student mentor program and internationally focused living flats

International Student Budget:
Tuition:  $51,470
Room and Board:  $
Fees:  $270
Total:  $64,740

Financial Aid:
Merit scholarships of up to $25,000; approximately 90% of students receive need-based financial aid and merit scholarships.

Test Score Requirements:
Minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT or 6.5 on the IELTS recommended; average SAT: 1140–1330; average ACT: 26–31

Application Deadlines and Fees: Early Action applications due November 15, Regular Decision applications due January 15; $60 application fee

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