About Puget Sound

Our Story

Founded in 1888 in a vibrant port city in the Pacific Northwest, the University of Puget Sound is an independent, residential, and predominantly undergraduate liberal arts college, with graduate programs in education and health sciences. Our beautiful 97-acre campus supports connection with the world it serves, from the tide flats of Tacoma to the Pacific Rim and beyond.

A Puget Sound education is rooted in an inspiring confluence of histories and cultures and ideas, and centered on our 2,600 students who are open-minded, outward-reaching, and passionate about putting their educations to work. Guided by our motto To the Heights, we seek to educate the whole person, and to give each student space to discover and room to rise to meet new challenges both locally and globally.

Our faculty challenge and support each student individually as they grow into broadly and deeply educated lifelong learners, prepared to become the world’s next generation of exceptional leaders. Perhaps that’s why the Princeton Review called out our faculty-student interaction as one of the best in the nation, and we are designated as one of only 40 Colleges That Change Lives.

Puget Sound offers a small community of independent thinkers, a launch pad for adventurers, and an incubator for entrepreneurs. We are makers, shakers, and doers—and we never stop learning.

About Our College

Four-year core curriculum in the liberal arts tradition

50+ traditional and interdisciplinary programs; 1,200 courses offered annually

Our home is Tacoma, Washington, population approximately 200,000; 35 miles south of Seattle

100% of tenure-line faculty hold doctorate or equivalent

About Our Students

2,600 students, 40% men and 60% women from 46 states, 8 countries

23 NCAA Division III Northwest Conference sports teams

More than 90 percent of students receive need-based financial aid or merit scholarships

In the top 5% of colleges for students who go on to earn doctorate degrees


The University of Puget Sound is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). You can learn more about the NWCCU and accreditation at www.nwccu.org.

As part of the seven-year accreditation cycle, Puget Sound submitted a Year One Self-Evaluation Resources and Capacity Report to the NWCCU in 2019, and we were successfully re-accredited.