University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

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To the Heights

Through a distinctive combination of a core curriculum–based liberal arts foundation, hands-on learning opportunities, faculty mentorship, and skill-building experiential education, University of Puget Sound students are uniquely prepared to continue their studies and pursue careers in the health professions upon graduation.

We offer more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary areas of study, with innovative options such as Bioethics; Environmental Policy & Decision Making; and Science, Technology & Society. With an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching is a priority for faculty members, and students pursuing Pre-medicine or Pre-health meet regularly with staff in Health Professions Advising to decide which future career may be best for them and how to meet the requirements for health professional schools. Students also participate in mentorship programs, interview workshops, and an annual networking event hosted by Career and Employment Services.

On campus, state-of-the-art facilities allow students to pursue advanced research. Puget Sound’s Science Center is an integrated complex that fosters interdisciplinary discussion and discovery through interdepartmental interaction. Independent research and inquiry-based labs are available to every student—not just upper-level students or Science majors. Students can apply for competitive grants that provide stipends for full-time independent research over the summer.

Several of Puget Sound’s 125 student-run clubs and organizations are science themed. Puget Sound students also volunteer and intern with local hospitals and clinics, and job shadowing opportunities are available through the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. 

Puget Sound graduates boast an acceptance rate to medical school that’s far above the national average and are admitted to top programs at institutions like Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, and more. While many students pursue careers as medical physicians, others explore alternatives in public health, dentistry, nursing, or veterinary medicine. While mainly an undergraduate-focused institution, Puget Sound also offers specialized graduate degrees as well as Schools of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.



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

Health-Related Areas of Study

• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Bioethics
• Biology
• Exercise Science
• Natural Science
• Psychology
• Science, Technology & Society

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “My favorite academic experience was [my] anatomy [course] because I would go into office hours and get extra help from the lab assistants and my professor. I learned how to study the best for that class and also got one-on-one time with my professor.”

    • Anonymous
      Exercise Science | Palo Alto, California
  • “Being a Logger means never being complacent because there’s always room for improvement.”

    • Aldrin Villahermosa II ’21
      Exercise Science | Waipahu, Hawai’i