A Puget Sound education isn't something you get, it's something you do.
Learning doesn't stop in the classroom. Or even on campus. Through the following initiatives, we connect our academic assets to the community to explore and address issues we face as residents of Tacoma and the South Sound.
Puget Sound is one of many organizations working together to ensure that our youth have access to postsecondary educational opportunities. We are tending the next generation of citizens, and encouraging Tacoma's young people to pursue education beyond high school.
Learn more about our work together in our Tacoma Public Schools Annual Report.
The Civic Scholarship Project joins together university faculty members and students in research projects that meet needs in the greater community. It provides real-world laboratories for faculty and students to partner with city and regional organizations to solve problems, develop policy, and educate the public regarding issues of local, regional, and national significance.
Puget Sound’s Sound Policy Institute seeks to restore and sustain the natural environment of the South Sound in balance with a healthy, prosperous, and just community. The institute fosters collaborative and innovative solutions to the environmental challenges of our region by connecting diverse stakeholders to each other and providing links to the academic resources and educational opportunities of the university. It also aims to build the capacity of individuals and groups, both on our campus and in our regional community, to actively and effectively engage in the environmental decision-making process.
The Community Music Department at Puget Sound is a year-round program providing musical instruction to students of all ages and skill levels. Motivation and interest are the only entrance requirements. The department proudly brings together the area's finest teachers and artists, many of whom also serve as University of Puget Sound professors and affiliate artists.
The Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement (CICE) at Puget Sound is the primary connection between the campus community and the city of Tacoma for student community service and service-learning activities. CICE offers students many opportunities to become active citizens in our community while completing their degrees at Puget Sound, and assists in excess of 150 community agencies. In addition to serving the community as students, many of our graduates choose Tacoma and the region as their home after graduation, helping to strengthen Tacoma's economy.