University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

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Reflection is in our DNA

Named after a Pacific Ocean inlet, the University of Puget Sound is a liberal arts college located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. For over 125 years, the University has offered courses that embrace the ever-changing landscape of human knowledge and endeavor. Our approach to liberal arts is interdisciplinary and innovative, with more than 50 areas of study, including Business & Leadership, Environmental Policy & Decision Making, Global Development Studies, Health Sciences, and Music. An 11:1 student-faculty ratio means students receive a lot of personal attention from professors who collectively teach 1,200 classes each year. Teaching is a priority of our faculty members; they take a collaborative approach to learning and are generous with their time.

At Puget Sound, we’re focused on the present while keeping a keen eye toward the future. We know that learning is both practical and theoretical, and the journey and the destination are equally important. We recognize there’s room for big ideas in small classes. We draw strength from our differences and value authentic relationships built with peers and professors. We challenge students to own their learning under the guidance of faculty who take pride in being accessible and supportive inside and outside the classroom.

The academic experience at Puget Sound means more than just classes—it extends far beyond the classroom and individual programs. Independent research opportunities abound on campus, and students can choose to study abroad in more than 40 countries. Whatever academic paths Puget Sound students choose to pursue, they all lead to new heights of expansive knowledge and personal discovery.

Our home is Tacoma, Washington, a midsize city just 35 miles from Seattle and a few hours from Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Our 97-acre residential campus is nestled in a vibrant, historic neighborhood adjacent to a vital urban center, with easy access to shops, eateries, and coffeehouses. Puget Sound’s Pacific Northwest setting is also home to an astonishing variety of wilderness regions and recreational opportunities, from Tacoma’s magnificent Point Defiance Park to Pacific Ocean beaches and the magnificent Mount Rainier. We’re proud to be not only geographically but culturally diverse, with an exciting urban energy and an accessible community of friendly neighbors.



One of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives.”


Named a “best value” school | U.S. News & World Report (2019, 2022)


Named one of the Best 387 Colleges and Best Regional Colleges | The Princeton Review, 2021


Ranked a top 35 best overall university in the West | Forbes

Puget Sound At A Glance

School size: 2,000 undergraduate students from across the country and around the world; 11:1 student-faculty ratio; average undergraduate class size of 17 students

Mascot: Grizz the Logger

Student life: 125 student-led clubs and organizations, including four fraternities and five sororities. 75% of students participate in community service.

Athletics: 23 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III varsity sports

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "Puget Sound has taught me that having meaningful relationships and building strong connections is imperative to laying the foundation for a successful future."

    • Aldrin Villahermosa II ’21
  • “My Puget Sound education has taught me to problem-solve only by first understanding the root of the issue."

    • Sophie Semenjuk ’22
      Politics & Government and International Political Economy
  • "I feel I’ve become my most authentic self at Puget Sound, and I’ve been able to meet so many life-changing individuals through my clubs, classes, and activities."

    • Sam Kaufman ’22