The mission of the university is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education encourages a rich knowledge of self and others; an appreciation of commonality and difference; the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas; thoughtful moral discourse; and the integration of learning, preparing the graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person’s fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.
Puget Sound’s graduates go on to study at top graduate schools and are awarded opportunities for further study, such as Fulbright Scholarships, Watson Fellowships, and Rhodes Scholarships.
Puget Sound is one of only two independent colleges in Washington state granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. In addition two seniors in our most recent graduating class were selected to be among approximately 50 students in the country awarded a year of study and travel abroad as Watson Fellows, and four were awarded Fulbright Scholarships for teaching positions in Europe.
Commitment to Teaching
Puget Sound’s faculty members are highly accomplished, award-winning scholars and teachers. Nearly all have earned doctorates or the highest degrees in their fields, and 93 percent are full-time. Students choose from more than 1,200 courses and enjoy a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.
At Puget Sound more than one-fifth of undergraduates participate in intercollegiate NCAA Division III sports each year on 23 teams. In addition students are active in more than 15 club and intramural sports, as well as numerous recreation and fitness courses.
Among national colleges with less than 5,000 undergraduate students, Puget Sound consistently ranks among the top five in the number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps. In addition, more than 75 percent of students participate in community service, among the highest participation rates in the country.
Civic Scholarship Project
The Civic Scholarship Project supports programs that join together the south Puget Sound region and the university in projects of mutual concern, providing real-world laboratories for faculty and students while partnering with regional organizations to solve problems, develop policy, and educate.
Prelude, Passages & Perspectives
Prelude, Passages & Perspectives, the innovative and highly successful Puget Sound freshman orientation program, was named the best in the nation by the American College Personnel Association. The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted Puget Sound’s program among top orientation offerings.