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 for success as business leaders in a complex and dynamic global environment.
Who we are
University of Puget Sound is a national residential liberal arts college with 2,400 undergraduate students from 43 states and 10 countries. Located in Tacoma, Washington, we are centrally located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Portland, Oregon, and just 35 miles south of Seattle. The region offers diverse cultural, artistic, and social opportunities, as well as numerous recreational activities on Puget Sound and in the nearby Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges.
Our approach to the liberal arts is interdisciplinary and innovative, with more than 50 areas of study and a unique Business Leadership Program. Each year up to 25 first-year students are selected for this experiential program, where students form close relationships with their cohorts and participate in evening seminars featuring local and national business leaders. Admitted students are paired with business and corporate professionals from throughout the Pacific Northwest who act as mentors, providing students with a hands-on understanding of how to lead organizations.
With an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching is a priority for faculty members, who are known for being accessible, approachable mentors; take a collaborative approach to learning; and are generous with their time.
No matter the degree path, all Business students take part in a variety of transformative experiences outside the classroom. Internships, mentoring, international work, field research, and problem-solving projects are just some of the ways Business and Leadership students learn by doing. A few groups and competitions students are successfully involved in include the Business Idea Competition, Four Horsemen Investments, Pacific Northwest CFA Investment Research Challenge, and the Tacoma Entrepreneur Network. Through these experiential opportunities, students compete with peer institutions across the country, network with business professionals, attend professional events, learn about philanthropy in business, and work with their fellow Puget Sound students to develop novel business ideas.
After Puget Sound
Students go on to graduate programs and careers in every known field of endeavor, including finance, law, media, education, the arts, and public service. Students go on to careers at companies including Boeing, Russell Investments, Google, Hitachi Consulting, Microsoft, and Starbucks, as well as nonprofit ventures like Teach For America and the Peace Corps. They also win major fellowships such as Watsons and Fulbrights.
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 pugetsound.edu/admission/visit.
Size: 11:1 student-faculty ratio, with an average undergraduate class size of 18
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
• 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
2017–2018 Tuition and Fees:
Room and board: $12,120
All applicants are automatically considered for academic scholarships ranging from $13,000–$24,000 per year.
Admission Information: Puget Sound is test optional. We offer Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision. The application fee is $60. The average GPA of an admitted student is 3.51.
Areas of Study
•Business Leadership Program
•International Political Economy
•Music with Elective Studies in Business