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Admission

  1. How do I apply to Puget Sound?
  2. What is included in the application?
  3. What if I have additional materials I would like to submit?
  4. When is the application due?
  5. How should I pay my application fee? What if I have a fee waiver? 
  6. What does the Admission Committee consider when making a decision for admission?
  7. What courses do you recommend incoming freshmen take in high school?
  8. What are the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores for the incoming class? 
  9. What is Early Decision (ED)?
  10. What is the difference between the ED I and ED II option?
  11.  How do I apply Early Decision to the School of Music?
  12. How do I find out who my admission counselor is?
  13. Does Puget Sound accept Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program courses for credit?
  14. Will my community college credits transfer to Puget Sound?  

 

1. How do I apply to Puget Sound? 

The easiest way to apply to Puget Sound is through the Common Application, which the university uses exclusively. The website will provide you with the all of the necessary forms and allows you to easily submit your application to the University of Puget Sound and other Common Application schools.

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2. What is included in the application? 

A completed application will include: the Common Application, a Secondary School Report, One Teacher Evaluation, your high school transcript(s), and the results of the SAT or ACT. See our application checklist for more information.

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3. What if I have additional materials I would like to submit? 

All materials that the University of Puget Sound believes are needed to make an admission decision are a required part of the application, so it is not necessary to send in additional materials. If an applicant would like to send in a brief writing sample or additional letter of recommendation he/she is welcome to. Please send additional materials to:

University of Puget Sound
Office of Admission
1500 North Warner Street #1062
Tacoma, WA 98416-1062

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4. When is the application due? 

The University offers both early and regular decision application plans. (Learn more about Early Decision.) All dates are postmarked dates.

Early Decision I

    • Deadline: November 15
    • Notification: December 15

Early Decision II

    • Deadline: January 1
    • Notification: February 15

Regular Admission

    • Deadline: January 15
    • Notification: April 1

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5. How should I pay my application fee? What if I have a fee waiver? 

The application fee for freshman admission is $50. The Common Application online offers a credit card option for paying the application fee. If you submit the paper Common Application, please mail a check payable to the University of Puget Sound. Include the student's full name on the memo line of the check. If you are applying with a fee waiver, you may submit your Common Application without a payment. Any checks sent to the university should be sent to:

University of Puget Sound
Office of Admission
1500 North Warner Street #1062
Tacoma, WA 98416-1062

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6. What does the Admission Committee consider when making a decision for admission?

When making admission decisions the Admission Committee considers the following: content and rigor of high school course selection, grade point average, SAT I or ACT scores, class rank (if available), personal essay, co-curricular interests, teacher and counselor recommendations, and a recommended interview.

Admission is selective. Through our competitive admission process, we take great care to match an applicant's academic and personal accomplishments with our goal of enrolling an academically talented and diverse student body.

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7. What courses do you recommend incoming freshmen take in high school?

While there is not a set pre-college curriculum, the following courses will better prepare you for the quality of work required at Puget Sound:

  • English: Four years
  • Mathematics: Three or four years
  • History/Social Studies: Three years
  • Foreign Language: Two or three years of one language
  • Natural/Physical/Laboratory Science: Three or four years
  • Fine/Visual/Performing Arts: One year

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8. What are the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores for the incoming class?

This year 67% of the incoming freshman class ranked in the top quarter of their high school class. The middle 50% SAT score ranged from 1740 to 1990. The middle 50% ACT composite score ranges from 26 to 30.

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9. What is Early Decision (ED)? 

Early Decision is designed for students who know the University of Puget Sound is their first-choice college. You are expected to enroll at the University of Puget Sound if an Early Decision offer of admission is made. You also agree to withdraw all other college applications once this offer is made. If you are not certain of this decision, the Early Decision program may not be appropriate for you.

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10. What is the difference between the ED I and the ED II option?

The primary difference between the two ED options is the date. The ED II option works well for students who decide that Puget Sound is the right place for them a little later in their college search process or would like us to see their grades from the first semester of their senior year.

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11. How do I apply Early Decision to the School of Music? 

This page has all the information you need to apply to the School of Music under Early Decision. 

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12. How do I find out who my admission counselor is? 

Admission counselors are assigned to different regions of the country. You can find your regional admission counselor on our admission webpage. Always feel free to call or email your counselor with any questions that you may have.

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13. Does Puget Sound accept Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program courses for credit? 

The University encourages student achievement in the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. We will award college credit to students who have earned scores of 4 or 5, and in some areas of 3, on their Advanced Placement examinations and scores of 5 and higher on International Baccalaureate higher level examinations.

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14. Will my community college credits transfer to Puget Sound? 

Students that have taken community college coursework after high school graduation may be able to transfer their community college coursework for credit at Puget Sound. All credit transfers are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for credit transfer. Learn more about Puget Sound's transfer credit policy.

Transfer credit for college courses taken prior to high school graduation are also viewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please review our Running Start Policy.

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