University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

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You belong at Puget Sound

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.

ACCOLADES

 

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

Celebrate your identity

No matter where you were born, who you love, what language you speak, or if you’re the first member of your family to go to college, we want you to thrive here and embrace your unique identity.

You are a vital part of our campus community. We believe that your race, ethnicity, cultural, spiritual or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and abilities contribute to your own sense of self. The Office of Intercultural Engagement helps students from underrepresented and marginalized identities and backgrounds cultivate and celebrate their identities, promote solidarity within shared experiences, build networks of allyship, and foster intercultural education.

Identity clubs

Embrace who you are in a group that supports and affirms your identity. We have groups for students of color in STEM, a Black Student Union chapter, a group celebrating Hawai`ian culture, and everything in between. Read more about our clubs and activities.

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
  • “As a student I recognized the importance of taking advantage of as many opportunities as possible to broaden my exposure and develop my résumé. I interned for two summers in Washington D.C. with the Census Bureau and State Department. I also worked for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, a non-profit that does investment in the community...”

    • Jessica Bruce '08