A quick look at the Class of 2011
Each year, as parents are making their way to Tacoma from all points, the university’s Office of Admission prepares a thick report on the incoming freshman class. Among things we gleaned from its many neat columns and rows:
- The class comprises nearly 650 eager young faces from 459 high schools. They come from 36 states and several foreign countries.
- In line with national trends, more women than men enrolled. About 60 percent of the class are women. Maintaining an impressive position in comparison with other Northwest liberal arts colleges, 19.5 percent of the class are underrepresented minority students.
- Bucking a national trend of decreasing SAT scores, at 1254, this class has the highest average of any class to enter Puget Sound. GPA and class rank are equal to past classes.
- After Washington, the states with the largest number of fresh- men were California (126), Oregon (104), and Colorado (69).
- The freshman class includes many legacies—sons, daughters, grandsons, and granddaughters of alumni—as well as siblings of Puget Sound graduates or students who are currently enrolled. A significant number are first in their family to attend college.
- Many have already studied or lived abroad, in countries such as Italy, Malaysia, Korea, Sweden, Zambia, Argentina, Spain, Chile, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Austria, Switzerland, Indonesia, Egypt, Vietnam, Japan, Brazil, Ukraine, and Ghana.
- Several were primary caregivers for aging grandparents.
- Among the freshmen are a trapeze artist and aerial dancer; a competitive rock climber; a dog musher; several who deferred admission for a year of volunteer work in other countries; three Eagle Scouts; and a student who was born on a Washington state ferry.
- A male ballet dancer wrote on his application; “Confidence comes from being the only guy in a room of 20 or more girls while wearing tights.”
An award for dedication to community
In August Tacoma’s 12 neighborhood business districts banded together to recognize UPS as their first Community Partner of the Year. The award was presented by the business groups’ umbrella organization, the Cross District Association.
“The University of Puget Sound has been a very good neighbor to the city’s business districts for many years,” said Cross District Association President John Trueman. “They’ve worked very closely with the Proctor, Sixth Avenue, and Old Town districts, but they’ve also reached out to our entire organization by assisting with surveys and research, and hosting our annual fundraising auction.”
A plaque commemorating the honor was presented to University of Puget Sound President Ron Thomas, Associate Vice President John Hickey, and Community Engagement Manager Rachel Cardwell during the group’s annual awards program.