Parent Experience


As Puget Sound Parents, you continue to play a vital role in the admission process. The Office of Admission regularly works with current Puget Sound parents who identify and refer potential Puget Sound applicants. Parents also participate in Admission recruiting programs such as college fairs and information receptions.

The Office of Admission hires more than 150 current students to serve as university representatives: tour guides, overnight hosts, and phoners. If you feel that your son or daughter would be a good Puget Sound ambassador, have him or her contact the admission office.

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Alumni and Parent Relations

A strong partnership with alumni, parents, and families is an effective way of supporting the intellectual, social, and personal growth of Puget Sound students. In this light we are committed to keeping you updated with news about and happenings at Puget Sound and to providing programs and services to help you stay connected with the campus.

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations can provide you with general information about the university and its programs and can also direct your inquiries and facilitate referrals to appropriate faculty or staff members. Throughout the year you will receive university publications that highlight student, faculty, and alumni achievements; list events and important dates; and keep you abreast of what’s happening at Puget Sound. This information is also available on the parent Web pages.

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations also hosts several family events throughout the academic year and provides opportunities for parents to engage in the life of the university as a volunteer. Refer to the Family Events and Volunteer Opportunities sections of your Parent Resource Guide for more details.

If at any point during your student’s college experience, you move or change your contact information, please send your updated information to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations via email, or call 253.879.3903.

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The University of Puget Sound Bookstore, located on the lower level of Wheelock Student Center, is a full-service college store with a large selection of books, supplies, and Puget Sound logo wear.

Be sure to get your “Proud Puget Sound Parent” gear!

Phone: 253.879.3270

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Parents Council Volunteer Opportunities

Puget Sound encourages every parent to actively engage in the life of the university and with the campus community. From athletic events to regional programs, you have an opportunity to share in the Puget Sound experience.

Consider becoming a member of the Puget Sound Parents Council. The Parents Council is designed to engage you in campus and regional activities that support the university, enrich students’ college experience, and foster lifelong relationships among fellow parents and with the university. As a Parents Council volunteer you can:
• Serve as a Puget Sound ambassador at regional programs, athletic events, and on-campus family events
• Encourage qualified, talented students to apply for admission to the university
• Provide input to the university regarding parent publications and programming
• Assist in raising funds for the improvement of the university
• Facilitate connections between current students and their potential future employers

For more information about the Parents Council and volunteer descriptions, visit our Parents section or call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 253.879.3624.

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Puget Sound Parents Fund

Each year philanthropic support from parents to the Puget Sound Parents Fund allows the university to continue to offer classes and programs of the highest quality. Gifts to the Parents Fund provide annual, unrestricted funding for the university’s general operating budget. Support of this budget is the most powerful form of financial support to the university, as it allows Puget Sound to act with operational flexibility based on current needs.

Gifts to the Parents Fund play an important role at Puget Sound by helping to supply financial aid to nearly 90 percent of the student body, by assisting the university as it seeks to attract and retain gifted faculty, by fostering sport teams and clubs, and by providing funding that helps to enhance and preserve Puget Sound’s beautiful buildings and grounds.

Parents’ investments in the Puget Sound Parents Fund allow the university to remain a supportive learning and living environment, helping stkeep paceeeppace in the rigorous and changing global community.

In fiscal year 2007–08, gifts to the Parents Fund totaled more than $527,000. Combined gifts from parents, alumni, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporations provided $2 million in additional and much-needed unrestricted operational support to University of Puget Sound.

By providing financial support, you can help Puget Sound continue to set a standard of excellence in higher education.

Critical to the success of the Puget Sound Parents Fund are parent volunteers, who financially support Puget Sound and who serve as ambassadors for the university. By providing support you can help Puget Sound continue to set a standard of excellence in higher education. For more information about the Parents Fund, please visit our Giving Section.

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Transitional Resources

Many students see college as an important time to assert their independence. At Puget Sound college is an equally important time for students to develop a strong sense of responsibility. Your student will be faced with new challenges and opportunities to resolve situations you may have assisted with in the past, such as managing money, taking care of the stomach flu, deciding when and where to study, managing class and work schedules, and even doing the laundry.

Your student will need guidance and support when faced with unfamiliar situations. You can help your student achieve a strong sense of responsibility by encouraging him or her to utilize valuable resources and to make sound decisions. The Bookstore sells several books that can guide you through effective ways of encouraging your student to make wise choices, learn from his or her mistakes, and cultivate personal values and self-confidence.
• Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money by Helen E. Johnson
• Letting Go by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
•You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me): Mentoring your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage

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