University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

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University of Puget Sound is a liberal arts college named after a Pacific Ocean inlet and located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. 

Reflection is in our DNA: we are focused on the present while keeping a keen eye toward the future. We know that learning is both practical and theoretical, and that 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 in and out of the classroom.

Teaching and learning
For over 125 years, Puget Sound 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 and Leadership, Environmental Policy and Decision Making, Global Development Studies, Health Sciences, and Music. An 11:1 student-faculty ratio means that students receive a lot of personal attention from the more than 200 professors who collectively teach 1,200 classes each year. Teaching is a priority of faculty members, who take a collaborative approach to learning and are generous with their time.

Academics at Puget Sound mean more than just classes. It’s an experience that 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. Students work side-by-side with professors from their first year, building toward thesis and capstone projects taken on as seniors. Whatever academic paths Puget Sound students pursue, they all lead to new heights of expansive knowledge and personal discovery.

Pacific Northwest location
Our home is Tacoma, Washington, a midsize city just 35 miles from Seattle and a few hours away 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.

Future-focused education
Ranked in the top 5% of colleges for students who earn doctorate degrees, Puget Sound has a commitment to lifelong learning. Students go on to graduate programs and careers in every known field of endeavor, including medicine, law, finance, media, education, the arts, and public service. Graduates work for companies like Amazon, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Netflix, and many others. They attend top graduate schools including Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and the University of Chicago; they win competitive fellowships including Rhodes, Watson, Fulbright, and National Science Foundation awards; and they volunteer with the Peace Corps and Teach For America. 

Be here now
The best way to get a sense of the Puget Sound experience is by seeing us in person. Go on a student-led tour, sit in on an information session, and meet with professors and coaches. Interviews and overnight visits are also available. To register, go to 


Size: 2,400 undergraduate students from 43 states and 10 countries; 11:1 student-faculty ratio, with an average undergraduate class size of 17 students

Diversity: 25% of students identify as students of color; 60% of students identify as female and 40% identify as male; 14% of the incoming class are the first in their families to attend college.

Location: 97-acre campus in the North End residential neighborhood in Tacoma

Student Life:
• Mascot: Grizz the Logger
100+ student-led clubs and organizations, including four fraternities and five sororities
• Athletics: NCAA Division III; 23 men’s and women’s varsity sports

2019–2020 Tuition and Fees:
Tuition: $51,470
Room and board: $13,000
Fees: $270
Total: $64,740

All applicants are automatically considered for academic scholarships ranging from $13,000–$25,000 per year. 

Admission Information: Puget Sound is test optional. The average GPA of an admitted student is 3.5. We offer Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision deadlines. The application fee is $60.

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