Top 10 in Fulbright scholars
Seven University of Puget Sound students earned Fulbright awards in 2006. That made UPS one of the top 10 baccalaureate institutions producing Fulbright Scholars for postgraduate teaching and study abroad, according to information compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The other schools in the ’06 top 10 were: Smith, Pitzer, Pomona, Swarthmore, Bowdoin, Kenyon, Middlebury, Williams, and Grinnell. Puget Sound was the only Northwest college to rank in the top 10.
Most Peace Corps volunteers
Among small colleges in the U.S., Puget Sound was the top producer of Peace Corps volunteers in 2006. Currently, 30 UPS alumni are serving overseas; and 220 have volunteered for the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961. The other small colleges in the top 10 were: Carleton, the University of Chicago, Gonzaga, Mary Washington, Dartmouth, Colorado College, Wake Forest, Lewis and Clark, the University of Denver, and Willamette. It was the fifth straight year UPS was on the top-10 list.
Honors for community service
Puget Sound was one of seven Washington colleges selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a distinction recognizing outstanding commitment to civic engagement and community service by college students. About 75 percent of the Puget Sound student body is involved in some type of service activity each year. Other Washington colleges to receive the distinction were: Heritage University; Seattle University; the University of Washington, Seattle; the University of Washington, Bothell; Whitman; and Whitworth.
Another national top 50 for athletics
For the fourth consecutive year and the fifth time since joining NCAA Division III, UPS finished among the top 50 schools in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup. (The Directors’ Cup is a measure of overall excellence in a college’s athletics program.) Logger teams completed the 2005–06 year with 308.5 points, their third-highest point-total as a Division III school. That gave UPS a ranking of 39th nationally, up from 50th in 2004–05. Puget Sound’s best showing was in 2003–04, when the university was the highest-finishing West-region school, at 28th place. Williams College was the top finisher in ’05–’06, winning its 10th Directors’ Cup in 11 years.