Puget Sound’s Educational Goals
Our faculty has designed the undergraduate curriculum to emphasize:
The ability to think logically, analytically, and independently
The ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
The ability to learn on one’s own
Breadth of learning in the form of familiarity with a variety of academic fields and
Depth of knowledge in a single field in order to know a sense of the power that comes
An understanding of the interrelationships among the various fields of knowledge and
the significance of one discipline for another
An acknowledged set of personal values
Informed appreciation of self and others as part of a broader humanity in the
A Puget Sound education engages students
in a broad spectrum of ideas and disciplines,
preparing them to be creative, productive citizens
Student Engagement at Puget Sound
NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT—2011 SENIORS
Next NSSE Survey in 2014
Seven Puget Sound professors have received
the Carnegie Foundation Washington
State Professor of the Year award for
extraordinary dedication to undergraduate
teaching—more than at any other institution.
All classes are taught by professors, never
by graduate students or teaching assistants.
Eighty-four percent of faculty members
serve as student advisors.
From 2000 to 2009, more graduates from
Puget Sound went on to earn doctoral
degrees than from any other baccalaureate
college in Washington state, according to a
survey by the National Opinion Research
Center (NORC). The same survey ranked
Puget Sound in the top 10 percent of
baccalaureate colleges nationally.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) surveys good practices in undergraduate education
to gather information from students at four-year colleges and universities across the country. Puget Sound
has consistently performed well in comparison to both liberal arts colleges and all colleges and universities
participating in the survey. More information about NSSE is available on our website.