Rankings & Recognition

Rankings and recognitions don't tell the full Puget Sound story, but we are certainly excited when other organizations highlight some of the amazing things that happen on our campus. Of course, the best way to find out if Puget Sound is the right place for you is to visit campus and talk with our students and faculty.

 

Colleges That Change Lives is a highly-regarded college guide that focuses on liberal arts institutions where professors are passionate about their teaching and mentoring, and where students can meet and exceed their own expectations for personal and intellectual growth. The book describes Puget Sound as having a “smart, fascinating curriculum” and thoughtful professors who “earn shining endorsements” from their students.

 

In 2012, Puget Sound was ranked in the Princeton Review’s Top 10 Most Accessible Professors” category, as well as top 10 for “Best College Radio Station.”

 

Puget Sound has been included in Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges. This guide highlights institutions that "demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation."

 

Seven Puget Sound faculty members have received Carnegie Foundation Washington State Professor of the Year awards, more than any other institution.

 

Puget Sound is a top producer of graduates who earn doctorates among baccalaureate institutions, according to the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). #1 in Washington State, #5 on the west coast, and in the top 10% nationwide.

 

Puget Sound students have earned 31 national scholarships during the past two years, including Fulbright, Goldwater, Watson, Critical Language, National Science Foundation, Princeton in Asia, and Udall Scholarships. Puget Sound students have won over 100 national scholarships since 2000.

 

Puget Sound is consistently ranked in the top ten small colleges for Peace Corps Volunteers. As of January 2012, the college is ranked #5, with over 20 alumni in service.

 

Puget Sound is a top producer of graduates who enter Teach for America. As of August 2011, Puget Sound was tied in 17th position among small schools.

 

Puget Sound is one of only 50 U.S. institutions to be recognized in 2012 as a Civic Learning Leadership Institution by NASPA. As a participant, Puget Sound will continue developing new efforts and partnerships that encourage students to be engaged, active citizens; to serve their communities; and to undertake leadership roles both on and off campus.

 

Puget Sound is named in the college guide, Colleges of Distinction. The guide seeks to recognize colleges with engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

 

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education gave Puget Sound a gold STARS rating for its sustainability efforst on campus.  STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) is a new nationwide framework that allows colleges to assess their sustainability work. So far, only 37 colleges across the country have been rated Gold.

 

The Advocate ranked Puget Sound as one of the top 20 campuses in the nation for LGBT students. Puget Sound has also been awarded 4.5 out of 5 stars by the Campus Pride Index.