About us, you ask?

Home for Puget Sound is the creative urban city of Tacoma, Wash. in the pioneering Pacific Northwest. Puget Sound is a community proud to be many things. The student body consists of approximately 2,600 individuals all working hard toward unique goals while engaging the world around them in diverse ways. Many Puget Sound students take on multiple minors, major in interdisciplinary fields, and travel abroad. Some perform at Puget Sound’s renowned School of Music while pursuing degrees in over 50 academic fields. They take on internships, build apps, and start companies as part of the Business and Leadership Program. Many join one of the more than 100 student-run organizations on campus, and sometimes even start their own. Still others do experiments in nearby waterways, mountains, and national parks, or in science lab facilities ranked top 20 in the nation by The Princeton Review. Puget Sound professors personally know their students and receive more Carnegie Foundation teaching awards than any other college in the state.

The Academic Program

Curriculum

  • Four-year core curriculum in the liberal arts tradition
  • More than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary programs
  • 1,200 courses offered annually

The People

Students

  • 2,600 students, 43% men and 57% women from 44 states, 16 countries; 76% from outside Washington state
  • Ethnic/national distribution:
    • African American 3%
    • Asian/Pacific Islander 12%
    • Caucasian 74%
    • Hispanic/Latino 6%
    • Native American 2%
    • Other 3%
    • International approximately 1%

Selected student honors earned 

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Boren Scholarship
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Critical Language Scholarship
French Government Teaching Assistantship
Fulbright Scholarship
Gilman Scholarship
Luce Scholarship
Morris K. Udall Scholarship
National Science Foundation Fellowship
Princeton-in-Asia Fellowship
Princeton-in-Latin-America Fellowship
RISE Scholarship (DAAD/Germany)
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
Spanish Government Teaching Assistantship
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
Udall Scholarship
Undergraduate Summer Research Grant

Select academic honor societies

Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi

Faculty

  • Hold doctorate or equivalent: 99% of tenure-line faculty
  • Full-time: 93%
  • Student-faculty ratio: 12 to 1

The Place

Location

  • Tacoma, Washington, population approximately 200,000; 35 miles south of Seattle
  • Campus located in the residential North End neighborhood, near shopping, downtown, and waterfront
  • 97-acre landscaped campus with extensive facilities and varied residential options

The Possibilities

Student Life

  • More than 100 wide-ranging organizations and clubs
  • Active student government
  • Greek-letter organizations

Athletics and Recreation

  • NCAA Division III Northwest Conference
  • 23 varsity sports
  • Varied intramural and club sports

Details

First-Year Admission Profile

  • Total entering freshmen: 636
  • Middle 50% SAT I: 1740–1990
  • Middle ACT: 26–30

Cost of Attendance (2014–15)

  • Tuition: $43,200
  • Room and Board: $11,180
  • Fees: $228
  • Total: $54,608

Financial Aid

  • More than 90 percent of student receive need-based financial aid or merit scholarships.
  • Puget Sound offers merit scholarships that range from $5,000 up to the full cost of tuition, room, and board.

Construction

Construction and major renovations performed within the last decade: (dollars in millions)

  • Wheelock Student Center Renovation (2014) $11.5
  • Commencement Hall (2013)
  • The William T. and Gail Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences, home to occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, exercise science, and neuroscience (2011) $21
  • Commencement Walk (2011)
  • Wheelock Student Center improvements (2011)
  • Collins Memorial Library entry and elevator (2011)
  • Seward Hall fire sprinkler and upgrades (2009) $0.8
  • Fieldhouse improvements (2008-09) $4.3
  • Facilities Services Complex (2008-09) $5.9
  • Campus entrance at 15th and Alder (2008) $1.2
  • Harrington/Schiff fire sprinkler and upgrades (2008) $0.7
  • Jones/Howarth renovations (2008) $1.2
  • Thompson Hall renovation (2006-08) $40
  • Harned Hall construction (2005-06) $25.4
  • Lower Baker Athletic Field upgrades (2007) $1.9
  • Regester Hall renovation (2006) $2.2
  • Howarth Hall accessibility upgrades (2005) $0.6
  • Todd & Phibbs Residence Hall renovations (2004) $2

Collins Memorial Library

  • Volumes: More than 500,000
  • Unique print serial titles: More than 3,500
  • Unique electronic serial titles: More than 47,000
  • Electronic nonserial titles: More than 58,000
  • Music and video recordings: More than 14,700
  • Personalized research consultation with professional librarians
  • 24/7 access to ready reference assistance through virtual chat service
  • Group and individual study rooms
  • Access to collections of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, a network of more than 35 academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest
  • Art and music programs and exhibits
  • Popular reading collection
  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Digital repository of Puget Sound scholarship
  • Open 116 hours a week and 24/7 during Reading Period and final exams

Technology Services

  • 1 Gbps high-speed campus connection to the Internet
  • Comprehensive wireless connectivity in all campus buildings
  • Free HD cable TV in all residence halls, houses, and Greek residences
  • Over 300 machines available 24/7 in general access and residential computer labs
  • Extensive, multitiered technical support through the Technology Service Desk
  • More than 100 electronic teaching spaces
  • State-of-the-art digital media lab

Accreditation

The University of Puget Sound is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). You can learn more about the NWCCU and accreditation at www.nwccu.org.

As part of the seven-year reaccreditation cycle, Puget Sound submitted a Year Three Self-Evaluation Resources and Capacity Report to the NWCCU in March 2013.