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Academics

Armed with a “beautiful campus” and “excellent academics,” the University of Puget Sound is a great option for anyone hoping to study in the Pacific Northwest. The school provides students with “an amazing support system” and truly strives to “help them [meet] their goal[s] in whatever capacity necessary.” Academically, undergrads here are especially quick to highlight Puget Sound’s “great arts programs, whether [in] English, music, or theater.” They also applaud the fact that there are ample “project-based learning opportunities such as relevant work study [and] summer research for all majors and interests.” Additionally, students benefit from small class sizes, which lead to plenty of “open discussion and interactive engagement with the course material.” This also allows undergrads to develop “close student-professor relationships.” And speaking of professors, they work hard to ensure their classes are “challenging” yet “accessible.” Importantly, “they have open office hours that all students are encouraged to attend, and there is no shame in [doing so].” As one grateful student sums up, “Professors are genuinely excited to make time for students in their schedule for advice, homework help, or even just sharing a coffee. The level of concern of the professors for undergraduate education is almost unmatched.”

Student Body

At first glance, the University of Puget Sound’s student body appears “fairly homogenous.” After all, most undergrads come from “white middle-class families along the West Coast.” However, the school is making strides to become “more diverse,” especially “in terms of gender expression and sexuality.” What’s more, Puget Sound students are “not afraid to voice their [opinions or] their views [on] everything from political to social issues.” In turn, students also caution that “more conservative views can [either] fall on deaf ears [or] can be met with a strong argument.” However, others quickly assert that no matter your background or leanings, Puget Sound students are “open and welcoming to all.” As one undergrad shares, “[Students are] not just nice in passing, but they have depth and consideration; when you run into someone in a café and [make] small talk, it doesn’t feel surface level.” This makes for a “general vibe … [that is] laid back.” Students also tend to describe their classmates as “unique,” “adventurous,” and “passionate” people who maintain a strong “desire for new experiences.” Of course, if you’re looking to easily pinpoint these undergrads, you’d simply say that the “typical [Puget Sound] student loves the outdoors, is a critical thinker, and knows what makes a good raincoat.”

Campus Life

It’s no secret that undergrads at Puget Sound are “very dedicated to their studies.” In fact, “most students have a fun time studying in [the] two different cafés on campus.” Of course, even these dedicated scholars need to kick back, so they frequently take advantage of the various “performances, talks, or events going on almost every week.” Additionally, many students flock to “the athletic center to get in a workout, attend a dance class, or rock climb.” A good number also participate in “at least one club or are [involved] in Greek life.” Puget Sound undergrads report that “on any given Friday night you can find a party” to attend. No need to worry if that’s not your scene. Students here are an “outdoorsy” lot, and when the weekend rolls around, many of them can be found “hiking, skiing, kayaking” or “[taking] camping trips to the Olympic Peninsula or out to Eastern Washington.” People are also just as happy to stay local and explore all that the surrounding area has to offer including “the Bridge of Glass, Point Defiance park, and the Puget Sound waterfront.”

Overview

Applicants
5,958
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 680
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 1

Early Action — December 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
288
with Terminal Degree

155
Women
133
Men
38
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Music Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Natural Sciences.
  • Science, Technology and Society.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • International Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Sociology, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Digital Arts.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Painting.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, FITNESS, AND KINESIOLOGY.

  • Exercise Science and Kinesiology.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Deanna Oppenheimer '80
Director, Tesco PLC; former CEO, UK Retail Banking, Barclays

Carla Cooper '72
President/CEO, Daymon Worldwide

Richard M. Brooks '82
Pres./CEO Zumiez (skateboard and clothing store)

J. Mariner Kemper '95
Chair/CEO, UMB Financial Corp. (banking)

Bill Canfield '76
Co-chair, Cytovance Bioligics; forefront of Pompe disease research

Rachel E. Martin '96
Host, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio

Darby Stanchfield '93
Actress, Madmen, Scandal, etc.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,392

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,487

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,961

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,791

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,534

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,510
Required Fees
$266
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,720
Transportation for Commuters
$500

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,540
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,413
Foreign Countries Represented
10

Demographics

6.13%
Asian
1.20%
African-American
8.45%
Hispanic
71.03%
Caucasian
3.61%
Unknown

60% female
40% male
78% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
65%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Peggy Perno

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
105
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
17

28% join a fraternity
27% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

32% participate in intramural sports
18% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Loggers)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Loggers)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Q&A, the campus gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight alliance, is one of the most active groups on campus, and the Between The Lines support group, co-facilitated by counseling and student development staff, provides a confidential space to queer and questioning students. Students in Q&A annually sponsor the observance of Queer History Month on campus, bringing together an impressive series of programs for the community. Alumni participating in the first LGBTQ reunion recently endowed an LGBT Leadership Scholarship, which funds awards of $3,000 each year to student leaders involved in the campus LGBTQ community. The Safe Zone Project involves public display of stickers designating LGBTQ-friendly spaces and workshops addressing heterosexism and resources to support LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff; and the Lavender Graduates Celebration during Commencement Weekend celebrates LGBTQ and ally students. Out and ally faculty and staff are very involved in these programs; a faculty member in the English Department teaches Studies in Lesbian and Gay Literature regularly.

Minority Support Groups: The Student Diversity Center, established in 1997, is a gathering place for several multicultural organizations. The Office of Intercultural Engagement (CICE) is another place to find resources. CICE coordinates the Students of Color Leadership Institute (SOCLI), which gathers first- and second-year students for seminars exploring identity development and leadership skills; Diversity Theme Year programming; and a Graduates of Color Celebration during Commencement Weekend. Several organizations exist to serve students of color and educate the campus about various cultures, including the Asian and Pacific American Student Union (APASU); the Asian Pacific Islander Collective (APIC); the Black Student Union (BSU); Ka Ohana me ke Aloha; and the Latinx Unidx. The Diversity Theme Year, an annual exploration around a particular issue of cultural awareness and identity, is a major campus programming effort. The Student Diversity Center coordinates monthly book discussions centering on some aspect of diversity. Student leader training coordinated for various groups by the Division of Student Affairs includes examinations of culture and privilege. CICE collaborates with the Office of Admission to examine recruiting strategies, and the President's Retention Committee has recommended strategies to ensure that students of color are successful. Two committees, the Faculty Diversity Committee and the Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound (ASUPS) Diversity Committee, examine and take action on a range of important issues.

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Sustainability

At the University of Puget Sound, green isn’t just a color but a way of life. To ensure environmental action is taken, the university formed a Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) comprised of students, faculty and staff. The SAC’s mission is to both increase sustainable behavior on campus and foster a sense of individual responsibility. Divided into several sub-categories, the SAC focuses on consumption, curriculum, climate and outreach. More specifically, the SAC works to reduce waste on campus by coordinating recycling and composting initiatives. They also sponsor zero-waste events such as LogJam, Lu’au and Garbology—wherein students sort through trash and determine what could have and should have been recycled. Further, the SAC is sponsoring a new program titled Green Advocates. Geared towards residential living, Green Advocates are appointed in every dorm to facilitate peer-to-peer education about sustainable living. Additional initiatives include Fair Trade Month along with a monthly environmental film series. Puget Sound is also eager to bring the green conversation into the classroom. A comprehensive course survey highlighted ninety-eight courses with a sustainability focus and an additional 307 that are sustainability related. And overall, out of thirty-four academic departments, an impressive thirty-two offer at least one class with a connection to sustainability. This green-heavy curriculum has led to students conducting waste audits and the launch of the Tacoma Open Spaces web site. This site connects the independent groups supporting green spaces throughout the Tacoma area and allows them to combine forces and resources, thus leading to a more efficient work flow.

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Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell; Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Vicki Pastore
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admission
1500 N. Warner St.
Tacoma, WA 98416-1062

Phone
253-879-3211

Email
admission@pugetsound.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Diversions Cafe
Glass gazebo Oppenheimer Cafe
Collins Memorial Library rocking chairs
Science Center atrium
Theme House Row
Other highlights include 97-acre Tudor Gothic campus with views of Mt. Rainier, Commencement Walk, athletic facilities, student center, arboretum, and observatory.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Sixth Avenue music, bars, shops, restaurants
Pt. Defiance Park with zoo and aquarium
National parks (Olympic and Mt. Rainier)
Seattle and the Pacific Northwest
Ruston Way (waterfront, bike path)
The creative urban city of Tacoma is nestled between two mountain ranges and the shore of Puget Sound, close to SeaTac airport, and the cultural and entrepreneurial offerings of Seattle.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F all yr; Sat mornings Sept-May by appointment
9am - 4pm/9am - 12pm Saturdays by appointment
253-879-3211

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
On Saturdays during October and November

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@pugetsound.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay Sun-Thurs night only; bring a sleeping bag, towel, and pillow

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 24 miles from campus. Capital Aeroporter provides hourly transportation from the airport to the downtown Tacoma Sheraton and, if possible, to campus. Call 800-962-3579 or 253-927-6179 (in Tacoma) or 206-838-7431 (at the airport) to arrange for this service. If the Aeroporter cannot take you to campus directly, you can take a taxi from the Sheraton. Amtrak train service is available to the station in Tacoma. From there, take a taxi or one of these public buses: #41, #400, or #500; request a transfer ticket and leave the bus at 10th and Commerce Streets. Wait there for the UPS Bus (#16A or #16B) and take it to N. 15th and Alder Sts., which is 1 block west of Wheelock Student Center. Greyhound Bus Lines also serve Tacoma. From the bus station, take the UPS Bus (#16A or #16B) at 10th and Commerce Sts. (1 block west of Pacific Ave. from the station) and follow preceding directions from there to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North: from I-5, take exit 133 Interstate 705 north, City Center exit. Exit at Schuster Parkway. Continue for approximately one mile; stay to the left. Exit to the left, Schuster Parkway, and follow down along the water. Stay to the right and proceed approximately 1.5 miles. Exit right onto North 30th. Continue through the traffic signal in Old Town and up the hill. At the top of the hill, turn left at North Alder. Continue approximately one mile to North 15th. Turn right and proceed into campus. From I-5 South, take Exit 132 for Gig Harbor/Bremerton Hwy. (Washington Rte. 16); then take the Union Ave. exit, make a right at the light, and travel north approximately 2 miles to the campus (on your right). Continue onto N. 18th St. and turn right. Turn right again on N. Lawrence St. (at the yield sign) and continue to the stop sign. Turn right into Jones Circle. Park in the parking circle in front of Jones Hall or in the lot just south of Wheelock Student Center.

Local Accommodations
The Silver Cloud Inn (Tacoma 2317 N. Ruston Way; 253-272-1300 or 866-820-8448) is located on the waterfront in Tacoma and is less than two miles from campus. Just 7 blocks from campus is Keenan House Bed and Breakfast (2610 N. Warner St.; 253-752-0702), which is a Victorian home that has been furnished with antiques and is your best bet for price and convenience. At the downtown Sheraton Tacoma Hotel (1320 Broadway Plaza; 253-572-3200 or 800-845-9466), you will find an upscale hotel with reasonable prices just 2.5 miles from campus. Brand new to downtown Tacoma is the Courtyard by Marriott (1515 Commerce St.; 253-591-9100 or 800-321-2211), also about 2.5 miles from campus. The La Quinta Inn (1425 E. 27th St.; 253-383-0146) is located approximately 4 miles from the university and is more modestly priced; request the special school rate.


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