1990s

1990
New Hall (now Phibbs Hall) completed.

Students of color account for more than 10 percent of student body for first time.

Endowment stands at approximately $52 million. Debt is 30 percent of endowment.

Review by University Senate of the United Methodist Church conducted.

1991
University Honor Code becomes Student Integrity Code.

Faculty makes major revision to the Core Curriculum in 1991, adding Science in Context and International Studies requirements.

Study Abroad becomes International Programs, reporting to dean.

Percentage of liberal arts majors exceeds 75 percent for the first time.

Total financial aid exceeds $20 million.

Diversity Theme Year begins.

Transition of alumni advisory board from local to National Alumni Board. Pacific Northwest Conference gifts move from general support to Methodist scholarship fund.

1992
Phibbs retires. Board elects Susan Resneck Pierce (then Parr) president.

Main campus enrollment 2,945 (full-time equivalent).

1993
Wyatt steps down as board chair. Bill Weyerhaeuser assumes position.

Carnegie Foundation reclassifies Puget Sound as a liberal arts college.

Watson Foundation adds university to list of top liberal arts colleges eligible to nominate students for Watson Fellowship.

Mellon Foundation awards Puget Sound a major grant to develop a new interdisciplinary business major grounded in the liberal arts. International Programs expanded and students allowed to use financial aid to study abroad.

Incoming freshman average SAT score is 1101.

First year a minority group (Asian) account for more than 10 percent of student body (above 10 percent since this time). Total number of students from outside Washington exceeds 50 percent for the first time.

1994
National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities fund development of Science in Context program.

Last Puget Sound Law School class graduates.

Hwa Nan (China) program begins. Miki Scholar program, funded by Trustee Kiseko Miki Takahashi, begins.

Summer research program for humanities majors begins.

University transfers law school to Seattle University, which operates school in downtown Tacoma during five-year transition period.

Total number of freshmen from outside Washington exceeds 70 percent for first time.

Percentage of students receiving financial aid exceeds 80 percent for the first time.

Four-year graduation rate exceeds 60 percent for the first time.

Campaign for Puget Sound begins quiet phase with $50 million goal.

1995
Faculty begins review of the Core Curriculum.

Concert Hall built. Inside Theatre (now Norton Clapp Theatre) renovated. New tennis courts built.

1996
Outdoor education program and Student Diversity Center initiated.

Average SAT score exceeds 1200.

Mott Greene named 1996 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Washington Professor of the Year.

Total financial aid exceeds $35 million.

1997
University joins Mellon-funded Northwest Language Consortium, part of the prestigious Middlebury project.

Luce Foundation pilots new program in Asian Studies by supporting new faculty position at Puget Sound. Successful Luce professorship in Asian Studies becomes basis for new Luce Foundation program.

Student-to-faculty ratio drops (and remains) below 12-to-1.

First alumni attitude and awareness survey completed.

1998
Board approves revised mission statement (current).

Lowry Wyatt National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship established.

A-frames, chalets, and some internal campus parking lots removed.

Total number of students from Washington falls below 35 percent for the first time.

University gets A+ (Standard and Poor's) and A2 (Moody's) bond ratings.

1999
All Union Avenue houses, McIntyre Hall and Wheelock Student Center renovated. Howarth Hall partially renovated. New baseball field built.

President presents Charting the Future paper as catalyst for discussion of goals for next decade.

Endowment exceeds $200 million.

Puget Sound becomes full member of NCAA Division III.

Official colors return to maroon and white.

Alumni On-Line Community launched. Arches goes to magazine format.