University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

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Where will your journey take you? 

With 2,300 students from all over the US and the world majoring in more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary areas of study, the University of Puget Sound produces graduates who go on to work for companies like Apple, Amazon, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Google, and many others. Students can join our prestigious Business and Leadership Program and study everything from Computer Science, dual-degree Engineering, and Environmental Policy to International Political Economy (a field that was started at Puget Sound), languages, and literature. Our graduates enjoy an 80%+ acceptance rate to medical and law schools. International students dive into campus life when they get here, and many take advantage of our international student services like the 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 only a bus ride away from several live music venues, movie theaters, and museums. Add to all of 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 full four-year agenda not just of outings but of research experiences, studying anything from the geochemistry and origin of regional hot springs to the industry of Tacoma.

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Offering nationally ranked programs in Art, Communications, Physical Therapy, Political Science (Politics & Government), Psychology, and more | Niche, 2020


Ranked among the top 15 schools in the country for Cell Biology and Anatomical Sciences | College Factual, 2020


Ranked among the best schools in the country for Foreign Language and Linguistics, Health and Physical Education, and Geological and Earth Sciences | College Factual, 2020


Ranked among the top 100 “National Liberal Arts Colleges” and as a “Best Value School” | U.S. News & World Report, 2021


Named one of The Best 365 Colleges and a “Best Regional College” | The Princeton Review, 2021


Featured in the 2021 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges


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!)

Puget Sound At A Glance

Type of School: National liberal arts college

Size of Campus:
97 acres (39 hectares)

Number of Students:
2,300 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 & Art History
• Asian Languages & Cultures
   - Chinese
   - East Asian Languages
   - Japanese
• Asian Studies
• Biochemistry
• Bioethics
• Biology
• Business
   - Business Leadership
   - International Business
• Chemistry
• Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies
• Communication Studies
• Computer Science
• Economics
• Education Studies
• Engineering (dual degree)
• English
• Environmental Policy & Decision Making
• Exercise Science
• French & Francophone Studies
• Gender & Queer Studies
• Geology
• German Studies
• Global Development Studies
• Health Professions
   - Pre-dental
   - Pre-med
   - Pre-veterinary
• Hispanic Studies
• History
• Honors Program
• Interdisciplinary Humanities Emphasis
• International Political Economy
• Latin American Studies
• Latina/o Studies
• Mathematics
• Molecular & Cellular Biology
• Music
   - Music Business
   - Music Education
   - Music Performance
• Natural Science
• Neuroscience
• Occupational Therapy
• Philosophy
• Physical Therapy
• Physics
• Politics & Government
• Pre-law
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Science, Technology & Society
• Sociology
• Special Interdisciplinary Major

• Theatre Arts

Study abroad opportunities are also available.

Geographic Diversity: Students from 41 states and nine countries

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

International Student Budget:
• Tuition: 
• Room and Board: $13,480
• Fees: 
• Total: $65,230

Financial Aid:
Merit scholarships up to $30,000; approximately 90% of students receive need-based financial aid and merit scholarships.

Test Score Requirements: 
Test-optional admission. 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: November 15
Regular Decision: January 15
$65 application fee

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Puget Sound has taught me how to diligently connect and consider communities in my learning."

    • Ale Vidal Meza ’22
      Lima, Peru | Economics and Environmental Policy & Decision Making
  • "Puget Sound has taught me that even if it looks like you have nothing in common with a person, they can teach you many things and help you grow."

    • Sofi Vazquez ’22
      Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico City | Business Administration and Computer Science